North Queensland tourism operators shine

22 Oct 2013 3:12 PMJann Stuckey

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tourism operators throughout north Queensland have been recognised by their peers at the annual North Queensland Tourism Awards, held last night at Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casino.

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 tourism industry across the region.

“These 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 in north Queensland was world-class, particularly Mercure Townsville, Kookaburra Tours and Charters, Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE, Mungalla Station and Museum of Tropical Queensland who were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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

“The Newman Government has prioritised tourism as a pillar of the Queensland economy and we have committed to doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“With such high quality operators, I’m sure this is a target we can achieve.”

Member for Townsville John Hathaway applauded the winners, who represented a subset of the region’s diverse tourism industry.

“Townsville boasts a range of experiences and last night’s winners are indicative of this diversity,” Mr Hathaway 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
Tourist Attraction Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours & Safaris
Major Festivals and Events Australian Festival of Chamber Music
Festivals & Events 2012 Paluma Push
Specialised Tourism Service Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital
Visitor Information & Services Reef HQ Volunteers Association Inc.
Meetings & Business Tourism Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino
Major Tour & Transport Operators SeaLink Queensland
Tour and Transport Operators Fantasea Cruising Magnetic
Adventure Tourism Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive
Tourism Restaurant & Catering The Brewery
Tourist & Caravan Parks Bivouac Junction Holiday Camp
Hosted Accommodation Hidden Valley Cabins & Tours
Deluxe Accommodation Grand Hotel Townsville
EcoTourism Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
Young Achiever Award Olivia McKenna
Richard Power Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Margie Ryder
Southern Cross Austereo People’s Choice Award Bivouac Junction Holiday Camp
Hall of Fame – Meetings & Business Tourism Mercure Townsville
Hall of Fame – Tour and Transport Operators Kookaburra Tours & Charters
Hall of Fame – Tourism Education and Training (external site) ( http://www.townsvilleenterprise.com.au/Files/2013%20NQTA%20Categories/14.%20Tourism%20Education%20and%20Training.pdf ) Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE
Hall of Fame – Indigenous Tourism Mungalla Station
Hall of Fame – Tourist Attraction Museum of Tropical Queensland