Queensland tourism operators shine at 2015 awards

14 Nov 2015 11:15 AMJann Stuckey

Shadow Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey congratulated the Queensland tourism industry as she joined hundreds of the best and brightest shining lights at the 2015 Queensland Tourism and Industry Council’s (QTIC) awards last night.

“These awards encourage every nominee to analyse their business operations and take extra pride in their product or service,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The experienced judging panel, led by Gary Young, gave comprehensive feedback to operators to ensure our tourism industry as a whole is continually striving to serve its visitors better.

“With thirty award categories ranging from large attractions, tours and accommodation to culture, restaurants and ecotourism, it is easy to see why Queensland is such a desirable destination for domestic and international travellers alike.

“Our myriad of exquisite natural landscapes together with talented friendly operators and staff are matched by the variety and freshness of our food offerings.

“It was terrific to see a stronger focus on agritourism at this year’s awards with Sarina’s Sugar Shed winning Gold in two categories, namely – Excellence in Food Tourism and Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries.

“Former Tourism and Events Queensland Board Chairman and industry champion for some four decades, Stephen Gregg, was a popular recipient of the esteemed Marie-Watson Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.

“Whilst awards were scattered across the state, Far North Queensland scooped a large number of the categories and deserve commendation for their impressive efforts.”

Ms Stuckey said Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) played a pivotal role as communicators, educators and mentors throughout Queensland, working hard on tight budgets.

“In parliament last week I once again urged the Minister for Tourism to provide a concrete guarantee that funding for our thirteen RTOs will be provided for four years at 2014-15 levels,” she said.

“It was pleasing that an announcement was made at the awards night of a collective figure over the next three years, but the minister still failed to reassure each RTO they will maintain the same levels as during the LNP term.

“The LNP will continue to work hand-in-hand with Queensland’s $23 billion tourism industry and make sure it gets the attention it deserves.”

[ENDS] 14 November 2015