2017 Roger Jaensch Tourism Scholarship Winner announced

Roger Jaensch, Liberal Member for Braddon

26 July 2017

It was my great pleasure to present my 2017 Tourism Scholarship at the Cradle Coast Tourism Awards Dinner tonight, to Anthony O'Hern of Cradle Mountain Canyons.

The scholarship provides $1000 towards professional development for an up-and-coming leader in tourism in the Cradle Coast region. Mr O'Hern will use the scholarship to attend the 2018 Canyoning Festival in Nelson Lakes, New Zealand – the largest of its kind in the world.

Mr O'Hern established Tasmania's only canyoning company in 2010 and currently employs 15 trained people who took over 2000 adventure tourists canyoning in the Cradle Mountain area last season. Over half of his clients said they came to Cradle Mountain primarily for his tours.

In his scholarship application, Mr O'Hern said 'I want my business to be a catalyst for the development of a vibrant adventure tourism industry in the Cradle Coast region. I feel I need to travel to gain the knowledge and networks necessary for me to be a leader in this field and a mentor for others wanting to enter the industry. The New Zealand Canyoning Festival is a perfect opportunity for me to achieve this aim'.

This is exactly what this scholarship is for and I am thrilled that, yet again, a new young tourism leader, full of energy, has grasped the opportunity to go out and find new ideas and bring them home for the benefit of Tasmania. I wish Anthony and his business every success in the future.

This is the third year the Roger Jaensch Tourism Scholarship has been offered. Other recipients travelled to Brisbane to attend an events and marketing conference and the Deni Ute Muster in NSW to research a similar event developed for Queenstown on the West Coast.