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Tropical North Queensland snares Qld Tourism Awards

November 26, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Tropical North Queensland is the highest awarded destination in the State after picking up the most Queensland Tourism Awards of any region last night (November 22).

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Rob Giason said a record 52 nominees from the region entered the Queensland awards this year with 23 receiving awards.

“This optimism reflects Tropical North Queensland’s status as the number one destination in Queensland and Australia’s third most favoured destination after Sydney and Melbourne for international holiday visitors,” he said.250x250TICBanner

“In fact, our region is currently driving tourism growth in Australia with a bumper 16 per cent increase in international holiday visitors for the year ending June 2013.

“This current growth is a result of a bold strategy to increase tourism expenditure for Tropical North Queensland by $1 billion to $3.2 billion by 2015.

“Of course we could not achieve this without the unique beauty of the region’s dual World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest as a draw card.

“We also are fortunate to have tourism operators with exceptionally high standards of service delivery as well as the distinction of innovative tour options.

“Tropical North Queensland boasts more than 100 ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef and has more than 600 tours departing daily to the reef, rainforest and our many other attractions.

“I congratulate the winners on their success and thank them for the valuable contribution they are making in setting such high standards for our industry.”

The Tropical North Queensland winners are:

Tourist Attractions
Gold:  Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours
Bronze: Kuranda Scenic Railway
Festivals and Events
Silver: Cairns Amateurs Carnival

The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism
Gold: Daintree Discovery Centre

Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Bronze: Herberton Historic Village

Indigenous Tourism

Silver: Mossman Gorge Centre
Bronze: Ingan Tours – Spirit of the Rainforest Tour

Specialised Tourism Services
Gold: Gateway Media Group 

Business Tourism

Gold: Cairns Convention Centre

Major Tour and/or Transport Operators

Gold: Quicksilver Group
Silver: Passions of Paradise

Tour and/or Transport Operators

Bronze: Ocean Safari

Adventure Tourism

Gold: Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours
Bronze: Pro Dive Cairns

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Bronze: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort

Tourist and Caravan Parks

Gold: Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

Backpacker Accommodation

Gold: Cairns Central YHA

Unique Accommodation

Silver: Bloomfield Lodge

Luxury Accommodation

Silver: Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

New Tourism Development

Silver: Cairns ZOOm

Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
Gold: Daintree Discovery Centre
Bronze: Paronella Park

Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group

Bronze: Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre Volunteers

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