Trio of awards for Day­dream

Whitsunday Times - - 2013 WHITSUNDAY TOURISM AWARDS -

DAY­DREAM Is­land Re­sort and Spa has emerged as one of the big­gest win­ners at the 2013 Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards af­ter scor­ing a hat trick of awards.

The night was again a hit with the tourism in­dus­try com­ing to­gether on Satur­day night to cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence in the in­dus­try at the mas­quer­ade themed event hosted by Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

Dressed in their best frocks, suits and masks, 230 guests wined and dined to cel­e­brate Whit­sun­day tourism’s best and ac­know­eldge the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions made by a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The re­sort took out the Best Tourist At­trac­tion for the Liv­ing Reef - one of the world’s largest man-made liv­ing la­goons, best Deluxe Ac­com­mo­da­tion and the Peo­ple’s Choice cat­e­gories.

It is the sec­ond year in a row Day­dream Is­land has taken out the Deluxe Ac­com­mo­da­tion cat­e­gory.

Day­dream Is­land Re­sort and Spa CEO Phil Casey said the Day­dream ex­pe­ri­ence is al­ways evolv­ing and they were very ex­cited to be recog­nised in three cat­e­gories of the Whit­sun­days Tourism Awards.

“Th­ese awards re­flect the hard work re­sort man­ager War­ren McCor­ris­ton and the en­tire team put in to en­sure we of­fer the very best ex­pe­ri­ences, from our Liv­ing Reef La­goon to our pam­per­ing Re­ju­ve­na­tion Spa, ex­ten­sive list of ac­tiv­i­ties and more,” he said.

“We are par­tic­u­larly thrilled to again win the Deluxe Ac­com­mo­da­tion cat­e­gory which is recog­ni­tion of the high room stan­dard we of­fer, ex­cep­tional ser­vice and at­ten­tion to de­tail for guests. Day­dream Is­land has en­joyed a very suc­cess­ful 2013 and we look for­ward to con­test­ing the Queens­land Tourism Awards next month.”

Lo­cated in Queens­land’s trop­i­cal Whit­sun­days in the heart of the Great Bar­rier Reef, the award-win­ning re­sort fea­tures 296 rooms and suites, a great se­lec­tion of restau­rants and bars, la­goon swim­ming pools and a fring­ing coral reef to ex­plore.

Day­dream’s award-win­ning 2,650sqm Liv­ing Reef is one of the world’s largest man-made liv­ing la­goons - home to more than 115 species of fish and 80 coral species na­tive to the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Its star at­trac­tions in­clude brother and sis­ter leop­ard rays Hansel and Gre­tel, brown st­ingrays Pikelet and Pan­cake, fe­male black tip reef sharks Cookie and Nib­ble, white spot man­grove rays Bill and Barb and black shov­el­nose ray, Jack.

Guided by Liv­ing Reef bi­ol­o­gists, visi­tors can take part in fish and shark feed­ing shows or pro­grams like the Stingray Splash, where guests walk knee-deep into the Liv­ing Reef and hand-feed and pat de- barbed st­ingrays.

Day­dream also of­fers the Re­ju­ve­na­tion Spa, which of­fers health and beauty treat­ments de­signed to pamper and rein­vig­o­rate the mind, body and soul, along with over 20 free guest ac­tiv­i­ties such as kayaks, stand-up pad­dle boards, minigolf and an open air cin­ema.

The Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards aim to recog­nise growth in tourism prod­ucts and ser­vices as well as sus­tain­able eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits that flow from a boom­ing tourism in­dus­try.

GREAT ACHIEVE­MENT: Day­dream Is­land team Tren­ton Bren­nan, Rita Matic, Aimee Cameron, Jen­nifer Croft, Emma Scar­rott, War­ren McCor­ris­ton and James Ash­ley were pre­sented with their third award of the evening, the Peo­ple's Choice award, at the Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

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