Time for tourism operators to shine
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.
WINNERS: Peter and Jan Claxton took out Gold at the Queensland Tourism Awards last year.