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Queensland wins big at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Queensland has taken home 13 awards from the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards ceremony in Darwin, including four Golds and the Australian Tourism Legend Award.

Brisbane-based entertainment and events pioneer Harvey Lister received the coveted Australian Tourism Legend Award and Queensland cemented its reputation as a world-class destination for events with Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo and Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers both receiving top honours.

Queensland also shone in the Tour and Transport categories with Gold gongs presented to Whitsunday tour operator Ocean Rafting and Brisbane’s Fun Over Fifty, a travel agency catering specially for seniors.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Chief Executive and Australian Tourism Awards Chair Daniel Gschwind said it was fantastic to see awards being spread across the State, with operators from Tropical North Queensland to the Outback and along Queensland’s coast being recognised for excellence in tourism. 

“Tourism is thriving in Queensland with visitors exploring all corners of the State, supporting regional employment and community growth – there is now more than 233,000 Queenslanders employed in the tourism industry.”

Mr Gschwind said he was thrilled to see regional Queensland events being recognised among the best in the country.

“Community spirit and wonderful volunteers are major factors behind the success of both the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and Mt Isa Rodeo – we look forward to seeing Queenslanders embrace this same spirit as we work towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.” 

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said the results highlighted the strength of Queensland’s world-class tourism industry.

“Over the past 12 months our $23 billion tourism industry has been booming, with significant investments in the pipeline, major events secured, increased aviation capacity and continued domestic and international visitor growth,” Ms Jones said.

“I am so proud of all the Queensland winners and nominees recognised at the Australian Tourism Awards tonight and I congratulate them for their outstanding contributions to our tourism industry.

“Our Government, in partnership with QTIC, will continue to be strong advocates for advancing Queensland’s tourism industry to ensure we achieve ongoing growth and success.” 

Congratulations to Queensland winners at the 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards:

Organisation/Entry

Award

Category

Tourism Region

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Gold

Major Festivals and Events

Southern Queensland Country

Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo

Gold

Festivals and Events

Outback

Ocean Rafting

Gold

Major Tour and Transport Operators

Whitsundays

Fun Over Fifty

Gold

Tour and Transport Operators

Brisbane

Harvey Lister

Winner

Australian Tourism Legend

Queensland

Tangatours

Silver

Adventure Tourism

Brisbane

Sarina Sugar Shed

Silver

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Mackay

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Silver

Caravan and Holiday Parks

Whitsundays

Cobbold Village

Silver

Hosted Accommodation

Tropical North Queensland

Ibis Mackay

Silver

Standard Accommodation

Mackay

Fun Over Fifty

Bronze

Ecotourism

Brisbane

Mossman Gorge Centre

Bronze

Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Tropical North Queensland

 

Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre

Bronze

Visitor Information Services

Fraser Coast

 

The Gold winners, along with five Silver and three Bronze winners, were among a group of Queensland finalists that each received Gold in their respective categories at the 2016 Queensland Tourism Awards, the state’s most prestigious industry recognition program presented by Queensland Airports Limited in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland.

The 13 Queensland-based Qantas Australian Tourism Award winners and their fellow Queensland finalists are part of the state’s $23 billion tourism industry, a sector that employs more than 233,000 Queenslanders and is the second largest export earner for the state.

The black tie event was attended by over 730 tourism representatives from across Australia on 24 February 2017 at the Darwin Convention Centre.

First established by the Federal Government in 1985, the Australian Tourism Awards are now owned and managed by the Australian Tourism Industry Council, on behalf of the tourism industry.

The annual Queensland Tourism Awards are hosted by QTIC, the state’s peak industry body for tourism. QTIC, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”, is a private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of the tourism and hospitality industry across Queensland.

More information is available at www.queenslandtourismawards.com.au or www.qtic.com.au.