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Queenslanders pick their favourite tourism experience

Queenslanders have picked a Sunshine Coast resort and a Cairns attraction as their favourite tourism experiences as part of this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, presented at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the RACQ People’s Choice Category provided the Queensland public with the opportunity to vote for their favourite Queensland tourism experience, service or accommodation provider from this year’s QTA nominees.

“In the inaugural RACQ People’s Choice Category, Paronella Park in Cairns has been voted best Experience & Service, while RACV Noosa Resort was Queenslanders’ favourite accommodation venue,” Mr Gschwind said.

“It was fantastic to see more than 32,000 votes cast in the popular new award category, and a huge congratulations to both winners, which have impressed domestic and international visitors.

“We were thrilled to partner with RACQ to introduce the RACQ People’s Choice category, which gave our most popular ‘judges’ – tourists themselves – the opportunity to have their say.

“It also gave voters a chance to go in the draw to win a $5000 RACQ travel voucher to go towards their ultimate Queensland holiday.”

Mr Gschwind said the Queensland Tourism Awards were a celebration of the outstanding achievements of our state’s tourism operators which support thousands of jobs and contribute $23 billion to economy each year.

There were 28 categories in this year’s awards, as well as the inaugural RACQ People’s Choice category. A total of 83 awards, including 28 Gold, 24 Silver, 24 Bronze, 5 highly commended and 2 individual awards were presented tonight.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie congratulated Paronella Park and RACV Noosa Resort for their success as RACQ People’s Choice winners and praised all award category nominees.

“RACQ is an iconic Queensland brand and it’s a privilege to sponsor the People’s Choice category and support the awards, which recognise some of the best operators in our state,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Nominees are shining examples of the great experiences Queenslanders have in their very own state.”

Paronella Park features a castle, and is located on five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls, Cairns.  RACV Noosa Resort is located in a bush setting, minutes from the chic bustle of Hastings Street and Noosa’s acclaimed beach and national park.

The Queensland Tourism Awards were hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and presented by Queensland Airports Limited in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and supporting partner Tourism Australia.

The awards attracted more than 160 nominees from across the state.