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Finalists in two categories of this prestigious awards program, AirlieBeach.com (A&L Laurent Pty Ltd) accepts the award for the 2012 MYOB Small Business Category at the Queensland presentation held in Brisbane Tuesday 10th July.
Settling down in Airlie Beach following years of sailing and traveling around the world, Tony and Lolita launched their business in 1994 with the aim to share their sense of adventure with other travelers and visitors to the wonderful Whitsundays.They have since grown the business into the region’s most comprehensive local tourism operation.
“If you apply the basic principles of caring and sharing with others, honesty, trust, innovation and authenticity, we soon found that what we had learnt in sport could also be applied to business” from Tony’s acceptance speech.
Airliebeach.com, the Whitsundays Central Reservations and Information Centre are known for their innovation and ‘keeping up with times’. Some boasts include publishing the first ever website for the Whitsundays region and more recently by releasing the first ever popular smart phone App ‘Airlie Beach Whitsundays Guide’. AirlieBeach.com are also recommended by Lonely Planet.
As Winner of the Queensland MYOB Small Business Award Tony & Lolita will be attending the Australian final of the 2012 Telstra Business Awards in Sydney next month. Good luck guys.
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AIRLE Beach-based booking agents Tony and Lolita Laurent have made the finals in the Telstra Australian Business Awards out of 4500 entries. The Laurent’s business T/L Laurent is a finalist in the MYOB Small Business Award and Queensland government regional award categories and is the only travel and tourism company to make the cut.
The Laurents’ submitted an entry to the awards several months ago and were subsequently short-listed and subject to a site visit on June 1. Last week they were notified they had made the finals, which Mr Laurent said they were “over the moon” about.
Mr Laurent says the secret to their success is simple.
“Our story is just hard work, authenticity and honesty. Rather than being controlled by the lowest common denominator, like discounts and cutting corners with our products, we’ve lifted our standards,” he said.
“For us this is vindication that the basic business principles we’ve always adhered to have been recognised and work.”
Mr Laurent said entering the competition had been fascinating and thought provoking to date.
“It made us really jump through a lot of hoops and look at our business in a new light,” he said.
“We’ve got a brilliant region. Our business is just a conduit to help other people enjoy it.”
The winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner in Brisbane on July 9.Share on Facebook