Twenty of Tasmania's tourism industry leaders have gathered in Hobart to celebrate the growth and development of the industry.
The inaugural Weindofer Luncheon brought together for the first time 20 of the 30 Tasmanians who have received the industry's highest honour, the Tasmanian Tourism Champion Award.
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said the event allowed the opportunity for the pioneering fathers and mothers of the state's tourism industry to look back on their achievements.
"We are an industry that is very good at looking ahead and talking about changes that are coming for tourism. What we also need to do is look at where we have come from," Mr Martin said.
"This is a great opportunity and something we need to do more often."
Mr Martin said Tasmania had a tourism industry to be proud of.
"At this point we are at as an industry it's about being mindful of that legacy that we have built," he said.
"It's about making sure we build on that and don't compromise what we have achieved."
North-West tourism leader and first recipient of the tourism champion award in 1998 Jenny Cox said it was important to acknowledge the work put in by industry leaders.
"Tourism is such an important business for the whole of Tasmania. Lots of people rely on that," Ms Cox said.
"The industry is so sophisticated now. It's fantastic to see there are so many opportunities."