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Whitsunday Tourism Industry Celebrate At The Queensland Tourism Awards

By Ray White Whitsunday
Tonight at the 2018 Queensland Tourism Awards the Whitsundays was delighted to take home a swagger of awards, including 5 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze.
The Awards ceremony was held on Friday November 16, 2018, at the Events Centre, The Star, Gold Coast.
“We are the proud custodians of a unique part of the world which we share with over one million visitors every year,” Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox said.
“Our Whitsunday tourism stakeholders can hold their heads high that they continue to set the benchmark in providing amazing land and water experiences in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.”
Tourism Whitsunday CEO Natassia Wheeler said “What an incredible tourism industry we have in the Whitsundays. Tonight’s recognition showcases the quality of the operators in our region.
“Congratulations to all our operators who entered this year’s awards, that in itself is a great achievement. Taking home 13 awards from 26 submissions is an amazing result for the region. These awards are a great opportunity for the Whitsundays to present our world class tourism experiences”.
“Tourism Whitsundays was also proud to be part of the collaborations of Great Barrier Reef regions awarded the gold for destination marketing for The Guide to Driving the Great Barrier Reef.”
The Queensland Tourism Awards, which are hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), cover 30 different categories and recognise the outstanding achievements of operators across the state.
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the 34th Queensland Tourism Awards had attracted a high calibre of tourism operators across all award categories, with more than 170 entries received state-wide.
“This year’s entrants across 28 business, event and individual categories reflect the diverse and dynamic range of tourism operators helping Queensland’s tourism industry flourish,” he said.
“Queensland’s tourism industry continues to demonstrate just how invaluable its contribution is to the state’s economy, contributing $25 billion or 7.8 per cent of the state’s gross product, and employing 217,000 people.
“International visitor numbers for Queensland have seen record growth in the 12 months to June 2018, increasing 5.5 per cent. Some 2.7 million international visitors generated $5.7 billion in overnight expenditure.
“While the industry continues to see growth in visitor numbers and expenditure, Queensland must strive to remain competitive in the global market.”
All Gold Award winners from categories 1-25 in the Queensland Awards will now automatically gain entry into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, due to be held in Launceston, Tasmania on Friday, March 9, 2019.
Award Winning Whitsundays Operators 
CategoryAwardWhitsundays Nomination
05. The Steve Irwin Award for EcotourismSilverTall Ship Adventures – Derwent Hunter
11. Major Tour and Transport OperatorsSilverOcean Rafting
11. Major Tour and Transport OperatorsGoldRed Cat Adventures
12. Tour and Transport OperatorsBronzeWhitsunday Jetski Tours
13. Adventure TourismBronzeOcean Rafting
13. Adventure TourismSilverWhitsunday Jetski Tours
13. Adventure TourismGoldRed Cat Adventures
14. The Richard Power Award for Destination MarketingGoldThe Ultimate Guide to Driving the Great Barrier Reef
15. Tourism Restaurants and Catering ServicesBronzeHemingway’s
17. Caravan and Holiday ParksGoldBIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
19. Unique AccommodationSilverCumberland Charter Yachts
19. Unique AccommodationGoldWhitsunday Escape
22. Deluxe AccommodationSilverMirage Whitsundays
23. Luxury AccommodationSilverHeart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays
For more information and a full list of award recipients, please

To view a PDF of this release, click here.

Source: Whitsunday Tourism.

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