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Tourism recipients in Queen’s Birthday 2015 honours list

9 June 2015

Three people received awards related to tourism in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 honours list on Monday 8 June.

Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan congratulated the recipients and thanked them for their contribution to Australian tourism.

The tourism recipients in Queen’s Birthday 2015 honours list were:

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division:

  • Mr Peter Myles Burnett from Victoria for significant service to the tourism and hospitality sector at the state and national level, and as a supporter of charitable and sporting groups.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division:

  • Mr Geoffrey Craig Kimberley from Victoria for service to the tourism industry, to sporting organisations, and to business.
  • Mr Hamish Andrew Turner from NSW for service to business, to the tourism industry, and to charitable organisations.

In addition Andrew Fairley, a Director of Tourism Australia, and Janet Whiting, a recently retired Director of Tourism Australia, were honoured as Members of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division.

Mr Fairley was honoured for significant service to the community through contributions to, and support for, a range of organisations, to the law, and to philanthropy.

Ms Whiting was honoured for significant service to the community through contributions to the arts, health and major events sectors, and as a legal professional.

The Australian honours system consists of a number of orders, decorations, and medals through which the country's sovereign awards its citizens for actions or deeds that benefit the nation. Established in 1975 with the creation of the Order of Australia, the system's scope has grown since then and over time has replaced the Imperial/British honours system that previously applied to Australians. The system includes an array of awards, both civil and military, for gallantry, bravery, distinguished service, meritorious service, and long service.