Zoo roars at state awards

Mak­ing us proud tak­ing home gold

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE BUSINESS - Sarah Diony­sius Sarah.Diony­[email protected]­news.com.au

THE Coast has bagged a swag of ac­co­lades in this year’s Queens­land Tourism Awards.

Prov­ing the re­gion’s beaches are still a vis­i­tor favourite, Coast tourism oper­a­tors took out 10 ac­co­lades at the awards cer­e­mony.

The re­gion col­lected four gold, two sil­ver, three bronze and one highly com­mended award.

Aus­tralia Zoo shone bright by claim­ing a gold award for the Ma­jor Tourist At­trac­tions cat­e­gory.

Wild an­i­mals and a fam­ily favourite – it’s no won­der the zoo came out on top.

Other win­ners in­cluded RACV Noosa Re­sort tak­ing out gold in two cat­e­gories and Novo­tel Twin Wa­ters Re­sort with gold in the Busi­ness Event Venue cat­e­gory.

In an­other win for the re­gion, the Coast is set to host the 2019 Queens­land Tourism Awards for the first time in its 35-year his­tory.

Sun­shine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said se­cur­ing the awards was a sig­nif­i­cant coup.

“Host­ing these pres­ti­gious awards will be a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case both our re­gion and our abil­ity to host a pre­mi­umqual­ity in­dus­try event like this one,” Cr Jamieson said.

“It’s our op­por­tu­nity to show off the Coast in all its glory – all of our amaz­ing tourist at­trac­tions, the busi­nesses, the beau­ti­ful lo­cal pro­duce from across the re­gion and the peo­ple

within our com­mu­nity.

“It will also pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fit, given it is an­tic­i­pated to at­tract over 1000 vis­i­tors to the Coast for these awards.”

Novo­tel Twin Wa­ters Re­sort will host the awards fol­low­ing the con­struc­tion of a new $8 mil­lion con­ven­tion cen­tre and event venue, due to open in April.

Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Steve Well­steed said they were thrilled to be cho­sen as hosts, with the awards to be held on Novem­ber 8, 2019.

❝ Host­ing these pres­ti­gious awards will be a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case both our re­gion and our abil­ity to host a pre­mium-qual­ity in­dus­try event.

— Mayor Mark Jamieson

PHOTO: BEN BEADEN

WIDE AP­PEAL: Robert Ir­win, Terri Ir­win, Bindi Ir­win and Chan­dler Pow­ell of Aus­tralia Zoo.

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