Southern Great Barrier Reef shines at Queensland Tourism Awards

Southern Great Barrier Reef tourism operators have taken out three accolades at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, which celebrate the dedicated individuals and successful operators of the state’s $23 billion tourism industry.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef destination, incorporating the Bundaberg, Gladstone and Capricorn Regions, collected two Silver and one Bronze award.

  • Empire Apartment Hotel Rockhampton received Silver in the Deluxe Accommodation category,
  • Capricorn Caves won Silver in the Tourist Attractions category,
  • Southern Great Barrier Reef won Bronze in the Destination Marketing category (submission prepared by Capricorn Enterprise)

The Queensland Tourism Awards is hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and presented by Queensland Airports Limited in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and supporting partner Tourism Australia.

This year, the awards attracted approximately 160 entries from across the state.

A total of 72 awards, including 24 Gold, 23 Silver, 20 Bronze and 5 individual awards across 28 categories, were presented at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight where 900 guests gathered to celebrate Queensland’s tourism achievements.

QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the 32nd Queensland Tourism Awards had attracted an outstanding array of tourism operators.

“I applaud the winners of our 28 business, event and individual categories. These dedicated operators and their staff have shown the true spirit of our vibrant tourism industry,” he said.


The Southern Great Barrier Reef team at the 2016 Queensland Tourism Awards. Photo courtesy of Profile Photographics

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