Kingscliff based Blue Ginger Picnics has won Silver for New Tourism Business at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. The innovative tourism venture, founded by local entrepreneur, Tania Usher, showcases the Tweed’s individuality by creating elegant outdoor dining experiences that tell the story of the region’s stunning locations, rich indigenous and historical culture, local businesses and delicious fresh produce.

Tania says she took a quintessential Australian activity, picnicking, and incorporated the elegance and glamour of its historical French roots. “We then added 100 per cent local produce and eliminated the use of any plastics or disposables to create memorable experiences that highlight the natural beauty, food and talented artisans of our region,” she said.

Whether Blue Ginger Picnics guests are celebrating an anniversary, birthday, proposal, elopement or ladies lunch, Tania says that every story inspires the company to create meaningful experiences that enable guests to reconnect with nature, the food they eat and each other. “Our guests’ special celebrations are the reason we exist. We aim to take moments that are often gone in a flash and turn them into cherished memories.”

Celebrating the emerging tourism trends of location, community and authenticity the 34th Australian Tourism Awards were presented in front of 800 guests under a marquee at the spectacular Cataract Gorge in Tasmania. At the awards, Federal Tourism Minster Simon Birmingham said that Australian’s unique tourism offerings entice new visitors and inspire tourism operates to keep themselves at the cutting edge of amazing global experiences. The NSW Business Chamber says it is proud to have tourism operators like Blue Ginger Picnics who create and maintain high standards of operation that visitors to NSW can enjoy.

Daniel Gschwind, Chair of the Australian Tourism Awards, congratulated Blue Ginger Picnics and the other finalists from across Australia. “To reach the finalists stage of the Australian Tourism Awards is a great honour in itself…The winners truly are the best of the best, with a lot of strong competition across all categories,” he said.

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