Thursday, October 26, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
In another massive night for local small business, Scamper, Whitsunday Island Camping Connections proved nature and adventure are the back bone to success, taking away two awards and a finalist position.
Sarah Vickery, Manager of Scamper Island Camping and Whitsunday Water Bikes shared her excitement for the team achieving the award placements.
“We were so amazed to even get mentioned, let alone win awards. Our team is only small as we are a family owned and operated business, but all three of our staff were so thrilled to have won, and it has pushed us to want to do more.”
Coming home with a silver award in Ecotourism and a bronze in Adventure Tourism, Scamper have been recognised for their progressive conservationism of the Great Barrier Reef and regions.
“Our business is different to the operators in the area, which we love,” explained Sarah.
“We have focused on nature-based tourism, but for people to explore at their own pace and really getting to see the natural side of the islands.
“With our camping transfers, people get to spend time at the iconic Whitehaven Beach, without all the tourists, they get to explore bushwalking trails to breathtaking lookouts, where most tours don’t go, and snorkel all day long if they want to,” Sarah explained.
The team also were named finalist in the category Tour and Transport Operator.
“When we are given a location like this, it’s easy to be a tourism destination,” Sarah said.
“A massive congratulations to all the other winners, the effort you put in is surely recognised and we are so proud to work alongside you all in making this the best destination, the beautiful Whitsundays.”
The Scamper team on awards night. Photo credit: R Jean Photography