Nom­i­na­tions open for ‘premier’ event

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wilson ja­cob.wilson@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

NOM­I­NA­TIONS for the Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards have of­fi­cially opened.

Re­garded as the Whit­sun­day re­gion’s premier tourism event, busi­nesses can nom­i­nate for up to 30 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing ‘Best tourism at­trac­tion’, Best new tourism busi­ness and Best ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Early bird tick­ets will be avail­able un­til July 30 for the event to be hosted on Hamil­ton Is­land.

With Whit­sun­day tourism busi­nesses fre­quently achiev­ing glory on a state and na­tional level, there will be no short­age of qual­ity en­tries to be judged.

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Craig Turner said the Tourism Awards were about recog­nis­ing ex­cel­lence and pro­mot­ing a world class tourism ex­pe­ri­ence.

“While the re­ward and recog­ni­tion of winning an award is im­por­tant, it is more about the process of writ­ing a busi­ness plan, set­ting goals and targets, in­no­vat­ing your busi­ness and then re­view­ing your suc­cess at the end of the year,” Mr Turner said.

State and na­tional judg­ing cri­te­ria will be ap­plied to give busi­nesses the best op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­view and eval­u­ate their prac­tices.

Busi­nesses have un­til May 21 to nom­i­nate for a cat­e­gory, and from there will have un­til Au­gust 10 to pre­pare a sub­mis­sion to be judged at the cer­e­mony on Septem­ber 30.

Cham­pagne and canapes will be avail­able on ar­rival at the Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards Night, along with a three-course meal and live en­ter­tain­ment fea­tur­ing the Pot­belleez.

IM­POR­TANT DATES

■ Nom­i­na­tions open: April 21

■ Nom­i­na­tions close: May 22

■ Sub­mis­sion dead­line: Au­gust 10

■ 2017 Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards: Septem­ber 30

PHOTO: DANE LILLING­STONE

GET THEM IN: Nom­i­na­tions have opened for the 2017 Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards.

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