Zoo roars at state awards
Making us proud taking home gold
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
WIDE APPEAL: Robert Irwin, Terri Irwin, Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell of Australia Zoo.