Source = Ossian Hall Valley Retreat Karina Groth receives her tourism award A string of industry awards has seen Tourism Business Solutions manager Karina Groth gain national recognition, this time as a winner of the 2011 Accommodation Association of Australia A.C.E.S. Awards.The former information centre manager in the Hawkesbury region took out the award for outstanding contribution to the tourism accommodation industry. “Karina was the manager for Tourism Hawkesbury at the Clarendon Visitor Information Centre back in 2000-2004 in which time she elevated the Hawkesbury tourism industry to new heights and literally put it on the map,” said Jim Swaisland, owner of multi-award winning Ossian Hall Valley Retreat at Colo, north-west of Sydney.“In her role during those years she was able to create incredible opportunities for operators throughout the shire,” he said. “Karina also led Tourism Hawkesbury to win the Western Sydney Industry Awards over four successive years (2001-2004).”In 2002, Karina won the Wendy O’Donohue NSW Young Achiever in Tourism Award. Two years’ later she was solely responsible for the winning submission for the Best VIC in the NSW Tourism Awards for Excellence.“Karina has demonstrated a strong ability to develop programs that directly benefit regional tourism, most notably the Hawkesbury Valley,” said Jim. “In her role as Tourism Manager for Tourism Hawkesbury, Karina was instrumental in developing innovative programs that took the area from being ‘just Windsor and Richmond’ to encompass the entirety of the local government area.”Karina’s work and her business direction support regional tourism. She works in numerous capacities to assist regions with the development of tourism, accommodation and in particular, awards programs to increase the profile of the industry and the individual businesses.Karina also teaches for Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, at Baulkham Hills College to further develop and educate newcomers to the industry. And she supports a guest speaker program with other teachers to promote current changes and issues in the tourism industry at large. The award-winning executive is kept busy with Tourism Business Solutions, a business she established in early 2005.Tourism Business Solutions offers services which provides, not for profit and private enterprise assistance in the development, enhancement or expansion of their new or existing tourism operation – nationwide.