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T O W N S V I L L E t o u r i s m op­er­a­tors have taken out four ac­co­lades at this year’s Queens­land Tourism Awards cel­e­brat­ing the state’s $ 25 bil­lion tourism in­dus­try.

The Grand Ho­tel and Apart­ments in Palmer St won a gold award in the cat­e­gory of Stan­dard Ac­com­mo­da­tion, Mun­galla Abo­rig­i­nal Tours and the Townsville North Queens­land 2017 Events Cam­paign won silver awards in their cat­e­gories, while the Townsville Enterprise Wel­come to Townsville Pro­gram col­lected a bronze award.

The awards were pre­sented at Bris­bane’s Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Fri­day.

Queens­land Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Gschwind said tourism recorded 5.5 per cent growth and em­ployed more than 225,000 peo­ple.

“In­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor num­bers for Queens­land have seen record growth in the 12 months to June 2017, grow­ing 5.6 per cent,” Mr Gschwind said.

“Some 2.6 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors gen­er­ated $ 5.2 bil­lion in overnight ex­pen­di­ture.”

Gold award win­ners will gain au­to­matic en­try into the Aus­tralian Tourism Awards to be held in Perth on Fe­bru­ary 23.

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