Fraser Coast tourism operators shine

22 Oct 2013 3:10 PMJann Stuckey

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tourism operators throughout the Fraser Coast have been recognised by their peers at the annual Fraser Coast Tourism Awards, held last night at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey congratulated the 2013 award winners, who have played an important role in growing the region’s tourism industry.

“The awards recognise the very best of our industry, and last night’s winners should be proud of their achievement,” Ms Stuckey said.

Ms Stuckey noted the standard of tourism operators within the Fraser Coast region was world-class, particularly the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, the Hervey Bay Airport Visitor Information Centre, Fraser Island Barges and Kingfisher Court which were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“These operators exemplify the good work being done across this state in terms of boosting the experiences of visitors,” she said.

“The Newman Government has prioritised tourism and has committed to doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020. With such high quality operators I am sure this is a target we can achieve.”

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen applauded the winners, who represented a subset of the region’s diverse tourism industry.

“The Fraser Coast boasts a range of experiences and last night’s winners are great examples of the depth and breadth of our tourism sector,” Mr Sorensen said.

“As local MP, I am very proud to represent these operators and I commend all winners on their achievements.”

A list of the award winners is attached.

[ENDS] 19 October 2013

Category Winner  
Innovative Marketing And Promotion Fraser Coast Regional Council – Relish Fraser Coast Event
Environmental Tourism Eco Queenslander
Conference And Meeting Services Peppers Pier Resort
Tourism Retailing And General Tourism Services Kingfisher Bay Resort
Best Website Emeraldene Inn & Eco Lodge
Restaurants, Eateries, Cafes And Wineries Wild Lotus Restaurant
Regional Attractions, Festivals And Events Relish Fraser Coast
Tour And Transport Operators Fraser Explorer Tours
Adventure Tourism Flame  Lily Adventures
Marine Tourism Fraser Escape Bareboat Charters
Caravan Parks And Budget Accommodation Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park
Hosted And Unique Accommodation Fraser Escape Bareboat Charters
Deluxe And Luxury Accommodation Mcnevins Motel Maryborough
Young Tourism Achiever Of The Year Joep Dekker
Chairmans Encouragement Award Villa Cavour Bed And Breakfast
Chairmans Encouragement Award Vintners Secret Winery
Best Submission Relish Fraser Coast
Best Tourism Business Fraser Escape Bareboat Charters
Hall Of Fame – Environmental Tourism Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
Hall Of Fame – Tourism Retailing And General Tourism Services Hervey Bay Airport Visitor Information Centre
Hall Of Fame – Transport Operators Fraser Island Barges
Hall Of Fame – Budget Accommodation Kingfisher Court
John Craig-Gardiner Memorial Award For Outstanding Contribution By An Individual Norm Mclean