Monday 3 March 2014
Today marks a solemn day in the Australian tourism industry with the recent news of the founder and original owner of Captain Cook Cruises – Captain Trevor Haworth AM passing away this last weekend.
Captain Haworth and wife Geraldine, founded Captain Cook Cruises on Australia Day in 1970 and started the business from Jetty 6 Circular Quay operating five-dollar-a-head coffee cruises on Sydney Harbour and went on to build a fleet operating on Sydney Harbour, the Fiji Islands, Murray River and the Great Barrier Reef.
Since 1970 Captain Haworth has worked tirelessly to develop private sector and government partnerships to build and maintain a strong tourism industry.
Captain Haworth’s achievements were recognised nationally in 1985 when he was awarded a member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours, the first tourism industry personality to be recognised by the federal government. Both he and Geraldine have received multiple tourism and cruise industry awards including Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.
Managing Director and Chief Executive of SeaLink Travel Group, Mr. Jeff Ellison said ‘Trevor will be long remembered for his pioneering spirit, his considered and entrepreneurial approach but moreover as a statesman and icon in the founding and development of bringing international tourism to Australia.’
Trevor is survived by his wife Geraldine, son Anthony and daughters Jackie and Allison, together with seven grandchildren.