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A night of celebrations

By Mark Beale

THE Whitsundays night of nights, the 2014 Whitsunday Tourism and Business Awards, was again a glamorous celebration of the achievements of local businesses at a gala night held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre on Saturday.

On the night, 27 local businesses were awarded for their outstanding achievements and excellence in business practice.

Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) Executive Director Jeff Aquilina said it was an evening to celebrate the great local business community of the Whitsundays.

“We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the achievements of local businesses across the region in the past year and I would like to congratulate the finalists and winners of the awards,”

“The award celebrations have yet again demonstrated the passion, commitment and success of the Whitsundays business community and every single entrant can be really proud of their achievements,” Mr Aquilina said.

“The Whitsundays is a world-renown destination but the excellent customer service and business practice of our local industry ensures that visitors, future brides and locals can enjoy a fun-filled and worry-free experience in Australia’s premier holiday destination every single day,”

“On the night, we have had five businesses that have entered the Hall of Fame for winning the award of their respective category for the third consecutive year,” Mr Aquilina said.

“We have also honoured the outstanding contribution of Al Grundy to the local community over the past years and applauded the tireless contribution of the board members of Tourism Bowen to driving tourism for the region,” Mr Aquilina said.

MEET THE WINNERS

Daydream Island Resort & Spa: Best Tourist Attraction, Deluxe Accommodation (Hall of Fame), People’s Choice Award

Airlie Beach Race Week: Major Festivals and Events

Tourism Bowen: Festivals and Events (Heli Taxi’s Superboat Championships), Visitor Information Services (Bowen Information Centre), Destination Marketing (MangoGate), Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group (The Board Members of Tourism Bowen)

True Blue Sailing: The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism, Employer of the Year

Airlie Day Spa: Specialised Tourism Services, Health & Well Being Tourism (Hall of Fame), Employee of the Year (Hannah Denham)

Cruise Whitsundays: Major Tour and/or Transport Operator

Ocean Rafting: Tour and/or Transport Operator (Hall of Fame)

Whitsunday Jetski Tours: Adventure Tourism, Smile Whitsundays Customer Service Award, Business of the Year

Magnums Backpackers: Backpacker Accommodation (Hall of Fame)

Whitsunday Escape: Unique Accommodation (Hall of Fame)

Whitsunday Coast Airport: Local Government Award for Tourism

Party Cakes Whitsunday: Excellence in Food Tourism, Young Achiever Award (Vhari Kelly), Apprentice/Trainee of the Year (Wylie Jones)

Brooke Miles Photography: Non-Tourism Business

Clipper Restaurant (Coral Sea Resort): Tourism Restaurants & Catering

Al Grundy: Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

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