A NIGHT TO RE­MEM­BER

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A RECORD to­tal of 374 peo­ple en­joyed a pic­ture per­fect night un­der the stars at the 2018 Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards on Satur­day night.

The re­gion’s best tourism per­form­ers of the past 12 months were recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion in the black-tie event staged at Dis­cov­ery Parks Air­lie Beach.

Prizes were up for grabs across 25 cat­e­gories, rang­ing from at­trac­tions, events, tour and trans­port, ac­com­mo­da­tion, restau­rants, cul­ture, eco­tourism and mar­ket­ing.

SPE­CIAL EIGHT-PAGE FEA­TURE IN­SIDE TO­DAY’S EDI­TION.

MA­JOR TOURIST AT­TRAC­TIONS

GOLD – Abell Point Ma­rina (Hall of Fame)

TOURIST AT­TRAC­TIONS

SIL­VER - Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil - Air­lie Beach La­goon Pro­ject

FES­TI­VALS & EVENTS

GOLD – Whit­sun­day Clip­per Race Car­ni­val SIL­VER – Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil - 2018 Great Aus­tralian Bites BRONZE – Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil - 2017 Schoolies Week

THE STEVE IRWIN AWARD FOR ECO TOURISM

GOLD - Tall Ship Ad­ven­tures - Der­went Hunter

SPE­CIALISED TOURISM SER­VICES

GOLD - Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port

VISI­TOR IN­FOR­MA­TION SER­VICES

GOLD - Bowen Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (Hall of Fame) FI­NAL­IST - Air­lie Beach Tourism

BUSI­NESS EVENTS VENUES

BRONZE - Alani Whit­sun­days

MA­JOR TOUR & TRANS­PORT OP­ER­A­TORS

GOLD - Red Cat Ad­ven­tures

SIL­VER - Ocean Raft­ing BRONZE - Cruise Whit­sun­days FI­NAL­IST - Air Whit­sun­day Sea­planes

TOUR & TRANS­PORT OP­ER­A­TORS

GOLD - Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours SIL­VER - Whit­sun­day Seg­way Tours

AD­VEN­TURE TOURISM

GOLD - Red Cat Ad­ven­tures SIL­VER - Ocean Raft­ing BRONZE - Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours

FI­NAL­IST - Air Whit­sun­day Sea­planes

FI­NAL­IST - Whit­sun­day Seg­way Tours

DES­TI­NA­TION MAR­KET­ING

GOLD - The Wed­ding Plan­ners Whit­sun­days - The Joshua's Whit­sun­day Wed­ding Cam­paign - The Wed­ding Plan­ners Whit­sun­days

TOURISM RESTAU­RANTS & CATER­ING SER­VICES

GOLD - Hem­ing­way’s

CAR­A­VAN & HOL­I­DAY PARKS

GOLD - BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort SIL­VER - Queens Beach Tourist Vil­lage BRONZE - Dis­cov­ery Parks Air­lie Beach FI­NAL­IST - BIG4 Bowen Coral Coast Beach­front

HOL­I­DAY PARK BACK­PACKER AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

GOLD - Mag­nums Back­pack­ers

UNIQUE AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

GOLD - Cum­ber­land Char­ter Yachts SIL­VER - Whit­sun­day Es­cape

STAN­DARD AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

SIL­VER - Mantra Club Croc

DELUXE AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

GOLD - Mi­rage Whit­sun­days (Hall of Fame)

LUX­URY AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

GOLD - Heart Ho­tel and Gallery Whit­sun­days

EX­CEL­LENCE IN SUS­TAIN­ABLE TOURISM

GOLD - Whit­sun­day Seg­way Tours (Hall of Fame)

NEW TOURISM BUSI­NESS

GOLD - Norther­lies Beach Bar and Grill

SIL­VER - Air­lie Beach Day Sail­ing

BEST NON-TOURISM BUSI­NESS

GOLD - In­spired Im­pact

OUT­STAND­ING CON­TRI­BU­TION BY A VOL­UN­TEER OR VOL­UN­TEER GROUP

GOLD - Bowen Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre & Booth Vol­un­teers SIL­VER - Air­lie Beach Vol­un­teer Cruise Ship Am­bas­sador Pro­gram

PEO­PLE’S CHOICE AWARD

GOLD - BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort

YOUNG ACHIEV­ERS AWARD

GOLD - Chloe Autridge, Red Cat Ad­ven­tures

BOB PORTER AWARD OUT­STAND­ING CON­TRI­BU­TION BY AN IN­DI­VID­UAL

GOLD - Damien Head Queens­land Parks and Wildlife

PHOTO: R JEAN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

GRINNERS: The team from Red Cat Ad­ven­tures cel­e­brates their suc­cess at the 2018 Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards.

PHOTO: R JEAN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

WELL DE­SERVED: The team from Red Cat Ad­ven­tures had a big night of suc­cess at the Whit­sun­day Tourism Awards.

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