THE ongoing success of one of the Coral Coast's more popular tourism properties has always been attributed to its hardworking workers.
And in recognition of the 650 staff members' efforts, Outrigger on the Lagoon hosts their families to an annual carnival that includes all-day rides, meals, snacks and entertainment for children.
This year's thanksgiving event was held last Saturday and as expected, about 1500 children showed up to enjoy the offerings.
General manager Peter Hopgood said the resort was experiencing another outstanding year and he hoped the scope of the fete reflected how grateful they were to staff members.
"The family fun day is our way of thanking the children and family of our staff for allowing their mums and dads to come and work at the Outrigger," he said.
"We take up a lot of their parents' time and we feel that it's important that we acknowledge the sacrifice they make."
Mr Hopgood added that in the six months since Hawaii-based company Outrigger Hotels and Resorts took over Outrigger on the Lagoon and Castaway Island Resort from previous owner Geoffrey Shaw, business had boomed.
"And we firmly believe the reason behind our success is our staff. We have always believed that if we look after our staff, they will in turn look after our guests and that is something that will never change at the Outrigger."