Byron stars at Golden Backpack Awards
BYRON BAY starred at the Golden Backpack Awards held in Sydney last week.
The Golden Backpack Awards, run by TNT magazine, recognise excellence in the independent travel sector.
The two Byron Bay companies were chosen from hundreds of contenders in more than 30 categories representing the best of the backpacker industry in Australia and New Zealand.
Peter Pan's Adventure Travel won the Best Travel Agent category, while Byron Bay surf adventure company Mojo Surf won in its category for Best Tour/Activity in NSW.
“It's really great we won an award, but what really makes it satisfying is that the awards are voted for by the backpackers themselves,” Matt McCourt, director of Peter Pan's Adventure Travel, said.
“The award means we are doing everything right by our clients, but what really allowed us to win was the website travel and booking engine that we developed.”
Peter Pan's Adventure Travel was launched at Byron Bay in 2000 and now has 14 agencies around Australia.
Mojo Surf director Ian Lennie said: “This award is a major recognition for the company. It was really cool to win.”
Byron Bay nightclub Cheeky Monkeys, a favourite with backpackers for its table-top dancing and wet T-shirt competitions, was a finalist in the Best Backpacker Night in NSW category.