Source = Tourism Central Australia Tourism in Central Australia was honored last night at the annual Central Australia Tourism Industry Awards.“The awards recognise business excellence in the region and to win this industry award is an achievement,” said Jeff Huyben, the chairman of Tourism Central Australia. “I congratulate all the winners and nominees.”Jim Cotterill received the Barry Bucholtz Award for Excellence. In 1960 Mr Cotterill and his father Jack saw the potential of the spectacular Kings Canyon as a tourism destination and established Wallara Ranch on Angus Downs Station. The first tourist arrived in 1961 and by the time the family moved to Stuarts Well in 1990 visitation numbers had grown to 60,000 per year.“Mr Cotterill has been a true pioneer of the industry in the Centre and we recognise him for his commitment, vision and passion,” said Mr Huyben.The Young Achiever in Tourism for 2011 is Mark Newman from the Eldorado Motor Inn in Tennant Creek and his brother Jason Newman has been awarded the Industry Achiever in Tourism.The National Road Transport Hall of Fame’s annual ReUnion event has received the award for Community Festivals and Events. Thousands of transport industry enthusiasts attend ReUnion each year and it has delivered an economic boost of more than $10 million dollars to the local economy.The award for Small Primary Tourism Operator went to SEIT Outback Australia and AAT Kings is the Large Primary Tourism Operator for 2011.Longhorn Bikes is the New Innovation in Tourism having commenced business in August 2010 and now boasts a fleet of 90 bikes to service their tourism hire market.“We have a vibrant tourism industry in Central Australia and I know you will join me in saluting all tourism businesses across the region for their dedication and energy in promoting our area to both national and international travelers,” Mr Huyben said.