Whitsunday tourism stands strong despite Debbie
IF ONE word could define the Whitsunday tourism industry, it would be resilience.
No one could mount a credible argument against this statement following the news that more than 20 Whitsunday businesses have nominated for the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards.
This comes off the back of Category 4 Cyclone Debbie smashing the Whitsunday coast four months ago.
A full list of local entrants will be revealed after submissions close on August 24.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said the high number of entries would send a message of confidence.
“The strong list of nominations is testament to the resilience and strength of the Whitsunday community and the tourism industry in the region,” Mr Gschwind said.
The Whitsundays experienced a year of achievement last year, hauling 12 accolades , including four gold honours.
Ocean Rafting took their success to a whole new level after claiming Gold in the Australian Tourism Awards in February.
Whitsunday entrants will face off against 200 other businesses located between Cape York and Coolangatta to contest 28 categories such as tour and transport, eco-tourism, adventure tourism, food tourism, accommodation and festivals and events.
Whitsunday locals and visitors to the region will have a chance to vote for their favourite Queensland tourism operator in the brand new RACQ People’s Choice category which will be live from Thursday, August 24.
BEAUTIFUL: Ocean Rafting was the winner of the 2017 Australian Tourism Awards.