Coast tourism operators recognised as best in the state
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 last night's awards ceremony.
The region collected four gold, two silver, three bronze and one highly commended award, with the RACV Noosa Resort taking out gold in two categories.
Australia Zoo was awarded gold in the Major Tourism Attractions category and Novotel Twin Waters Resort claimed gold in the Business Event Venue category.
Noosa Beach House and Bli Bli House took out silver awards and The Country House at Hunchy Luxury Bed and Breakfast Accommodation was awarded a bronze award.
Noosa Triathlon won a bronze award in the Festival and Events category.
Visit Sunshine Coast's leveraging campaign for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth games won a bronze award and Rivershore Resort was highly commended.
Queensland Tourism Industry chief executive Daniel Gschwind said the 34th Queensland Tourism Awards had attracted a high calibre of tourism operators across all award categories, with more than 170 entries received state-wide.
"This year's entrants across 28 business, event and individual categories reflect the diverse and dynamic range of tourism operators helping Queensland's tourism industry flourish,” he said.
"Queensland's tourism industry continues to demonstrate just how invaluable its contribution is to the state's economy, contributing $25 billion or 7.8 per cent of the state's gross product, and employing 217,000 people.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Queensland Tourism Awards recognised the outstanding achievements of operators throughout the state.
"Congratulations to this year's nominees and winners for your commitment to striving for excellence and showcasing the best address on the planet,” she said.
"Queensland is home to some of the best experiences in the world.
"These awards celebrate the great work operators have done to develop our diverse range of tourism offerings in the last 12 months.”