Time for tourism op­er­a­tors to shine

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY tourism op­er­a­tors are be­ing en­cour­aged to put Cy­clone Deb­bie well be­hind them and nom­i­nate for the Queens­land Tourism Awards.

Hosted by the Queens­land Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil, last year’s awards saw close to 200 top Queens­land tourism busi­nesses from Cape York to Coolan­gatta en­ter­ing.

And for own­ers of Ocean Raft­ing, Jan and Peter Clax­ton, there’s noth­ing but golden mem­o­ries of the event. This Whit­sun­day hus­band and wife team took out Gold at not only the Queens­land Tourism Awards, but the Aus­tralian Tourism Awards in Dar­win.

QTIC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Gschwind said the 33rd an­nual Queens­land Tourism Awards would be bet­ter than ever.

"The Queens­land Tourism Awards aim to hon­our the hard work and in­no­va­tion of op­er­a­tors con­tribut­ing to a strong tourism in­dus­try in Queens­land," he said.

"Whit­sun­days tourism op­er­a­tors con­tinue to make a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the in­dus­try in the state, and it was fan­tas­tic to see Ocean Raft­ing and Cruise Whit­sun­days recog­nised for the Ma­jor Tour and Trans­port cat­e­gory at last year’s Queens­land awards."

There are 28 cat­e­gories to be en­ter this year which recog­nise busi­ness achieve­ments, spe­cific events and in­di­vid­u­als and the di­verse and dy­namic range of tourism op­er­a­tors.

And this year, there’s two new as­pects to the awards – a new stream­lined on­line sub­mis­sion process and the in­tro­duc­tion of the RACQ Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

En­trants from cat­e­gories 1-13 and 15-25 will gain au­to­matic el­i­gi­bil­ity into the RACQ Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

Queens­land’s Gold Award win­ners from cat­e­gories 1-25 will gain au­to­matic en­try into the Qan­tas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards to be held in Perth in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Win­ners of the 28 Queens­land Tourism Award cat­e­gories and the RACQ Peo­ple’s Choice Award will be an­nounced on Fri­day, Novem­ber 10 at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. queens­land­tourism awards. com.au.

Nom­i­na­tions close at 5pm on Thurs­day, June 1.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NERS: Peter and Jan Clax­ton took out Gold at the Queens­land Tourism Awards last year.

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