Rainbow Beach Horse Rides (RBHR) have received recognition for their continued professionalism and promotion of the region by being awarded the Tourism Award, Runner Up for 2019.
Owner of the business Andrew McCarthy said: “We are grateful for the support we receive within the area from the locals and from our guests who have helped us also win the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for four years running.”
He said the team enjoy being able to continually create special and unforgettable moments for their guests and regularly exceeding guests expectations.
RBHR won the Tourism award in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and runner up in 2015. In 2013 they won New Business of the Year.
“All small businesses face an uphill battle with rising costs. One that this business has had to deal with is rapidly increasing insurance costs.
“There are two horse riding operators in South East Queensland who are terminating their enterprises shortly.
“Another horse riding operator, who has never had a claim, has had to absorb a 400% increase in their premium this year.” he said.
Rainbow Beach Horse rides recently absorbed an annual insurance increase of $9000.
“Fortunately we enjoy a good working relationship with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Gympie Regional Council and Department of Natural Resources and Mines. Without cooperation from these departments, we would cease to operate,” Andrew said.