THE Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year includes several key travel industry figures, recognising their achievements in tourism, aviation and the arts.
Among them is Cairns identity Charles Woodward, who was awarded a posthumous Order of Australia (AM) for his services to tourism in North Queensland.
Woodward, who died in May last year, was the creator of several tourism ventures including the Rainforestation Nature Park and Tropic Wings Coach Tours, and served as the founding chairman of the Kuranda Tourism Association in the late 1970s.
He was Cairns Citizen of the Year in 2008 and 2017, a life member of Tourism Tropical North Queensland and a past president of Skal Cairns.
Woodward also served as director and member of several organisations including the Cairns Port Authority, Cairns Tour and Charter Coach Association, the Far North Queensland Promotion Bureau and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.
Former Federal MP John Sharp was recognised for his contribution to Parliament and to the aviation sector.
The National Party figure received an AM and has held board roles with several aviation organisations since departing politics, including with Airbus Group Australia-Pacific, Regional Express, Australian Aerospace, Pel Air, Eurocopter and the Aviation Safety Foundation of Australasia.
Also recognised is Melbourne Int’l Comedy Festival ceo Susan Provan, who received an AO for services to the arts and tourism for her roles in a succession of events and organisations including the Helpmann Awards, Circus Oz and the Deadly Funny Indigenous stand-up competition.

Source: Travel Australia