Whit­sun­days is the best in Aust

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AIR­LIE Beach has re­ceived the Golden Back­packer Award for the Best Des­ti­na­tion in Aus­tralia and Best Vis­i­tor At­trac­tion award for the sec­ond year run­ning.

The awards were ac­cepted by Deb and Tony Brown of True Blue Sail­ing, who at­tended the awards night in Syd­ney.

Ms Brown said it was a de­light to live and work in the Whit­sun­days.

“We feel priv­i­leged to be voted the best, as Aus­tralia is full of beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions, not just in Queens­land,” she said.

“It was voted by the peo­ple, so the Whit­sun­days must be do­ing some­thing right to win it a sec­ond year run­ning.”

Gabby Shaw from Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Ad­ven­tures was also proud to call the Whit­sun­days home.

“The re­gion sells it­self, we just pro­vide the trans­port,” she said.

Trip ad­vis­ing web­site Tri- vago have also re­vealed that Air­lie Beach is among the best rated des­ti­na­tions for on­line ho­tel rep­u­ta­tion in Queens­land, with ho­tels rated at an aver­age of 81.63.

It also ranks well across the state, plac­ing 29th in Queens­land.

BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort was also rated best ho­tel in Air­lie Beach, with a rat­ing of 93.17, rank­ing 16th in Queens­land and 39th in the whole of Aus­tralia.

Tanya Cran of BIG4 said the hard work from the team at the re­sort stemmed from its pas­sion­ate own­ers, the McKin­non fam­ily, who have owned and op­er­ated the re­sort for the past 22 years.

“We feel very honoured to have re­ceived this award for be­ing the num­ber one ho­tel in Air­lie Beach and so well placed in both Queens­land and Aus­tralia, through Tri­vago guests,” she said.

Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Lim­ited Gen­eral Man­ager of Tourism, Re­becca Ni­col said th­ese awards showed how well the Whit­sun­day brand was be­ing re­ceived na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, through a com­bined ef­fort from all.

“Hats off to all the busi­nesses here who have helped make the Whit­sun­days the best des­ti­na­tion,” she said.

“Thanks to our lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors, trans­fers and trans­port, the air­port op­er­a­tors and of course, all the re­tail and hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses that help cre­ate the Whis­tun­days im­age.”

Ms Ni­col said WMDL looked for­ward to grow­ing the Whit­sun­day brand fur­ther, and would con­tinue to strive for ex­cel­lence.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Whit­sun­day ac­com­mo­da­tion rat­ings visit tri­vago.com.au.

Photo: Kathryn Cy­gan

AWARD WIN­NING: Heather Knight, Gabby Shaw, Deb Brown, Shelby Rowe and James Spicer with the Best Vis­i­tor Des­ti­na­tion and Best Des­ti­na­tion awards.

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