Fantasea staff Jamie Ashton and Joeleen and Juliano de Calvo accepted the award on behalf of Fantasea on Friday night. Photo by Naz Mulla.
Fantasea staff Jamie Ashton and Joeleen and Juliano de Calvo accepted the award on behalf of Fantasea on Friday night. Photo by Naz Mulla.

Trifecta for tourist operators

THE Whitsundays region enjoyed success at the Queensland Tourism Awards night on Friday – bringing home three awards and being announced as finalists in 11 categories.

The awards were held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Fantasea Adventure Cruising took out the award for major tourist or transport operator, Capers won the award for tourism restaurant and catering and Long Island came home as the winner in the standard accommodation category.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) chief executive Daniel Gschwind said the Whitsundays tourism operators should be very proud of their ongoing contribution to the state's tourism industry.

“Seeing such quality tourism operations really boosts the industry outlook, giving us very good reason to be positive about the strength of our industry, with more outstanding businesses than ever entering the awards this year,” he said.

Premier Anna Bligh said the Queensland Tourism Awards were always a highly anticipated event by the industry and a fantastic way to recognise outstanding Queensland tourism operators.

"Tourism is a vital driver for Queensland's economy, and with the tourism industry facing a tough past 18 months, the awards are an important way of rewarding exceptional tourism businesses for the outstanding product and service they've offered throughout the year.”

WINNERS

Standard accommodation – Ocean Hotels Long Island Resort

Restaurant and Catering Services – Airlie Beach Hotel Capers on the Beach Bar and Grill

Major Tour and/or Transport Operator – Fantasea Adventure Cruising

 

FINALISTS

Unique accommodation – Fantasea Adventure Cruising Reefsleep, Whitsunday Escape Bareboat Charters, Ocean Dynamics

Deluxe accommodation – Daydream Island Resort and Spa, Summit Apartments Airlie Beach

Tour and Transport Operators - Ocean Dynamics

Tourist Attractions - Fantasea Adventure Cruising - Reefworld

Specialised Tourism Services – Daydream Island Resort Rejuvenation Spa, Coral Sea Resort Weddings Services, Airlie Day Spa, Zest Design.


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