Whitsunday tourism operators shine

22 Oct 2013 3:13 PMJann Stuckey

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Tourism operators throughout the Whitsundays have been recognised by their peers at the annual Whitsundays Tourism Awards, held last night at Whitsundays Sailing Club.

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 tourism 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 Whitsundays region was world-class, particularly Daydream Island Resort which took out the people’s choice award.

“These operators exemplify the good work being done across this state in terms of boosting the experience of visitors, and each one of last night’s winners illustrate the diversity of the region’s tourism sector.

“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 am sure this is a target that we can achieve.”

A list of the award winners is attached.

[ENDS] 20 October 2013


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Category Winner
Tourist Attractions Daydream Island Resort and Spa
Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism Wings Diving Adventures
Specialised Tourism Services Airlie Day Spa
Visitor Information Services Tourism Bowen
Business Tourism Hamilton Island Conferences
Major Tour &/or Transport Operator True Blue Sailing
Tour and/or Transport Operator Ocean Rafting
Adventure Tourism Ocean Rafting
Tourism Education and Training Whitsunday Sailing Club
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services Clipper Restaurant (Coral See Resort)
Tourist & Caravan Parks BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
Backpacker Accommodation Magnums
Unique Accommodation Whitsunday Escape
Deluxe Accommodation Daydream Island Resort and Spa
Health and Well-being Tourism Airlie Day Spa
Young Achievers Award Phill Gordon
Smile Whitsundays Customer Service Award Airlie Day Spa
Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer Group The Whitsunday Reef Festival Committee
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Chris Jacobs
People’s Choice Award Daydream Island Resort and Spa