Congratulations Empire Apartment Hotel and The Waterline Restaurant, Keppel Bay Marina

Southern Great Barrier Reef tourism operators have taken out seven (7) accolades at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards which celebrate the dedicated individuals and successful operators of the state’s $25 billion tourism industry. The Queensland Tourism Awards are 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.

We are incredibly proud of our hard working operators and to take out two Gold and a Silver for our Capricorn precinct in the Southern Great Barrier Reef Destination, which won a total of seven awards, is a record!  

We have seen wins in previous years for Empire Apartment Hotel, Capricorn Caves and our Southern Great Barrier Reef Destination Marketing, but this year’s Gold Awards for The Waterline Restaurant Keppel Bay Marina (Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services) and Empire Apartment Hotel (Business Event Venues) plus a Silver for Deluxe Accommodation is just fantastic!

The teams at The Waterline Restaurant Keppel Bay Marina and Empire Apartment Hotel deserve these accolades; we are so very proud of them and thank them for helping put our destination on the map.

Winning a Queensland Tourism Award represents an exceptionally high standard of consistent customer service and business practices including staff training, risk management, business and marketing planning.  Entry is not for the faint hearted as it takes up to 100 hours to complete a submission, with site inspections and consistency in presenting a high standard.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef region, incorporating the Bundaberg, Gladstone and Capricorn region, collected 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze awards. Winners included:

Gold Awards:

Empire Conference Centre Rockhampton Business Event Venues

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort – The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism

The Waterline Restaurant, Keppel Bay Marina – Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Silver Awards:

Empire Apartment Hotel Rockhampton Deluxe Accommodation

Kellys Beach Resort – Standard Accommodation

Bronze Awards

Bundaberg Rum Distillery – Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Hinkler Hall of Aviation – Cultural Tourism

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