News

Qld resorts clean up at tourism awards

WINNERS AT THE AWARDS: Greg and Naomi McKinnon from BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday, Peter and Jan Claxton from Ocean Rafting, CEO of Whitsundays Marketing and Development Danial Rochford and Matt and Ange Boileau representing Hamilton Island Conferences.
WINNERS AT THE AWARDS: Greg and Naomi McKinnon from BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday, Peter and Jan Claxton from Ocean Rafting, CEO of Whitsundays Marketing and Development Danial Rochford and Matt and Ange Boileau representing Hamilton Island Conferences.

QUEENSLAND tourism operators have cleaned up at the nation's prestigious industry awards night after taking out the state awards only four months ago.

Tourism operators on the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays took out the premier Gold Awards at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards on Friday night.

Hamilton Island Conferences received the business tourism gold award while Ocean Rafting and BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort took out the top awards for the tour and transport operator and tourist and caravan park categories respectively.

The rainforest accommodation facility nestled in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, was recognized as the best in Australia for hosted accommodation.

Emporium Hotel took the gold for Luxury Accommodation.

The Sunshine Coast-based Australia Zoo took home the silver award for major tourist attraction.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said this year's award haul reflected local tourism operators' hard work during the past 12 months.

"The past year has been one of recovery and rebuilding for the industry and these award winners demonstrate the commitment of Queensland tourism operators to delivering great products and services," he said.

"QTIC is also acutely aware of the role it can play in bolstering the industry. We've worked hard in recent months to lift our game by providing mentoring, business development and industry support services aimed at creating more robust operators. This focus will continue in 2013 and beyond."

Three Whitsunday operators, including Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Ocean Rafting and Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows, also took out bronze awards.

All the Queensland operators were also winners at the Queensland Tourism Awards in November.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the Whitsundays region was certainly the stand out.

"While the winners are from all parts of the State, the Whitsundays was certainly the standout, claiming three Gold Awards and more than half of all awards won by Queensland operators," she said.

Queensland winners at Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2013

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat - Hosted Accommodation

Hamilton Island Conferences - Business Tourism

Ocean Rafting - tour and transport operator

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort - tourist and caravan park

Emporium Hotel - Luxury Accommodation

Silver Award

Australia Zoo - major tourist attraction

Bronze Award

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - major festivals and events

Ocean Rafting - adventure tourism

Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows - standard accommodation

Topics:  australia zoo, awards, editors picks, hamilton island




Revamp bringing more jobs to region

Lions Club Richlands has started a $12m redevelopment.

VIDEO: $12 million redevelopment will change face of sporting club

Ipswich CBD: Police tell 1000 to move on

Police staffing levels in the mall is high. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

'Undesirables' targeted in Ipswich CBD police blitz

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


Snow White takes to the stage

Preljocaj conjures imagery from the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale of 1812.

Preljocaj conjures imagery from original Brothers Grimm fairy tale

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.