Queensland's top tourist attractions chasing national gongs
Queensland’s peak industry body for tourism, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is hopeful the State will snag a host of honours at the upcoming Australian Tourism Awards, following a record-breaking year for tourism.
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Mossman Gorge Centre and Cruise Whitsunday’s Reef Sleep are among 20 Queensland tourism experiences vying to be recognised among the best in the country.
Chair of the Australian Tourism Awards and QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the national awards provided an opportunity for award-winning Queensland tourism experiences to be recognised on a national level.
“We are very proud of the Queensland finalists who are representing our state,” Mr Gshwind said.
The businesses entering the Australian Tourism Awards each won their respective categories at the 2016 Queensland Tourism Awards.
The national winners will be announced on Friday, February 24 in Darwin.
Queensland nominations at the 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards:
- Major Tourist Attractions - Australian Age of Dinosaurs
- Tourist Attractions - Cobbold Gorge Tours
- Major Festivals and Events - Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
- Festivals and Events - Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo
- The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism - Fun Over Fifty
- Cultural Tourism - Kinnon & Co
- Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism - Mossman Gorge Centre
- Specialised Tourism Services - Tourism Lounge at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, Gold Coast
- Visitor Information Services - Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre
- Major Tour and Transport Operators - Ocean Rafting
- Tour and Transport Operators - Fun Over Fifty
- Adventure Tourism - Tangatours
- The Richard Power Award for Destination Marketing - Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism
- Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services - Ochre Restaurant & Catering
- Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries - Sarina Sugar Shed
- Caravan and Holiday Parks - BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
- Hosted Accommodation - Cobbold Village
- Unique Accommodation - Cruise Whitsundays - Reefsleep
- Self-Contained Accommodation - Pinnacles Resort
- Standard Accommodation - Ibis Mackay
- Deluxe Accommodation - NEXT Hotel Brisbane
- Luxury Accommodation - RACV Royal Pines Resort
- Excellence in Food Tourism - Sarina Sugar Shed
Tourism contributes $22.8 billion in expenditure to the Queensland economy and employs more than 233,000 people (Source: Tourism Research Australia State Tourism Satellite Accounts 2014-15).
QTIC is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”. QTIC is a private sector, membership-based organisation which, since 2001, has worked to influence and shape the state’s tourism business environment.