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Colourful Tamborine Mountain distiller, Michael Ward, is emerging as the Scenic Rim’s most vocal salesman. Michael, who runs TM Distillery with his wife Alla, recently travelled to Sydney as part of Tourism Queensland’s Queensland on Tour Roadshow.

He joined a group of 200 tourism industry operators to visit Queensland’s southern neighbours and remind them why ‘Nothing Beats Queensland’.
The group met with the media, travel agents, trade and consumer representatives and promoted their regions and their product.

The tour group

The tour group

Michael says he left home with several hundred brochures and returned with none.
“I was the only delegate from Tamborine Mountain and personally took a heap of tourism map brochures which, as you know features most tourism businesses on Tamborine Mountain,” he says.
“If they hadn’t heard of Tamborine Mountain before ( and some hadn’t ) they sure have now.”
“Very few people on the trip knew each other but by the time we all met up again in Sydney on Saturday morning for a media shoot, the 200-plus delegates had become united as one hell of a strong, noisy Queensland Tourism family.”
“The atmosphere was electric. I was proud to be a Queenslander and part of the tourism industry.”
Michael says the roadshow received fantastic coverage on TV and in the press.
“I even managed to get myself on telly waving my Tamborine Mountain Brochure,” he says.
“The Grand Finale which was held at Marigold Restaurant in Chinatown on Saturday night was one big laugh and we were privileged to have the Minister for Tourism Jan Jarratt and QTIC CEO Daniel Gschwind who kindly flew in especially for the occasion.”
“Two hundred Queenslanders do make A LOT of noise.”
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows Michael – he was awarded a medal for most enthusiastic group member.
“My head was too big for it to go over so that’s where it ended up.”

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