Local Logan City tourism experience Spirits of the Red Sand has won gold at the Queensland Tourism Industry’s night of nights where over 1,000 operators and guests gathered to acknowledge the best of the best.
Spirits of the Red Sand, a relatively new addition to the tourism offerings in Queensland, won Gold for Best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism experience among 81 awards presented, in recognition of their outstanding achievements and resilience over the past two challenging years.
“The 36th annual Queensland Tourism Awards was a celebration of the outstanding success and resilience that tourism operators displayed across the state and also offered a timely platform to showcase Queensland’s iconic Indigenous tourism experiences,” says Queensland Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind.
Cultural Elder and Co-founder Eddie Ruska was in attendance and accepted the award with his daughters, Leanne Ruska, Executive Chef and Michelle Thomson, Cultural Manager. Eddie says the experience brings healing, which is key to creating stronger connections and breaking down barriers.
Spirits of the Red Sand announced that the accomplishment of the award is one they are not taking lightly with plans already underway for upgraded and enhanced sound and lighting facilities, a recording studio to create music tracks as part of a new retail gift gallery featuring 100% authentic indigenous art and crafts. New signage and new experiences are also underway with a focus on creating new food tours that incorporate their extensive bush tucker garden.
“This award is in honour of our team that brings their passion for sharing 60,000 years of culture in a meaningful way, consistently demonstrating their warmth and knowledge,” Head of Marketing and Business Management, Kerryn Collins says.
“It is also in honour of our guests who pay us the highest compliment through experiencing what Spirits of the Red Sand offers.”
Kerryn added that the Spirits of the Red Sand was awarded bronze at the 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards, the last awards to take place due to COVID, so this milestone and recognition of their commitment and efforts has even more significance.