Tourism operators win awards
WHITSUNDAY tourism operators scooped the pools at the state tourism awards held in Brisbane on Friday night with five of the finalists coming back with awards.
Boutique wedding venue Villa Botanica won the Specialised Tourism Services category.
Fantasea Adventure Cruising was deemed Best Major Tour or Transport Operator.
Capers at the Beach Bar Grill won the Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services category.
Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort took out the Tourist and Caravan Park award and Tourism Whitsundays' digital web project won the Tourism Marketing award.
Tourism Whitsundays chief executive Peter O'Reilly said he was extremely proud of the region's efforts.
"For a relatively small destination to win so many awards and dominate the evening is such a huge achievement," he said.
"It just goes to show that even though we're a small destination, we have so many of the best experiences in Queensland operated by the best business owners." The Whitsundays' five awards were second only to Brisbane with six.
Tropical North Queensland, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast all had four winners. There are minimum score requirements for finalist and winners to be awarded at state level. All winners now go on to the Australian Tourism Awards in Cairns on May, 28.
Daydream Island Resort and Spa Living Reef and Fantasea Adventure Cruising Reefworld -Tourist Attraction
Paradise Bay Eco Escape and Wings Diving Adventures - Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism
Airlie Day Spa - Specialised Tourism Services
Cruise Whitsundays- Major Tour and Transport Operator
Air Whitsundays and Ocean Rafting - Tour and/or Transport Operators
Wings Diving Adventures and Ocean Rafting - Adventure Tourism
Paradise Bay Eco Escape - Hosted Accommodation
Fantasea Adventure Cruising - Reefsleep and Whitsunday Escape - Unique Accommodation
Daydream Island Resort and Spa - Deluxe Accommodation
Whitsunday Jetski Tours - New Tourism Development
Paradise Bay Eco Escape - Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
Villa Botanica - Specialised Tourism Services
Fantasea Adventure Cruising - Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
Tourism Whitsundays Queensland Tourism Digital Web Project - The Richard Power Award for Tourism Marketing
Capers at the Beach Bar Grill - Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort - Tourist and Caravan Parks