Sixteen Queensland tourism operators from across the state have claimed top honours at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards this evening.
The best in Australian tourism gathered at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where the Queensland winners were among 27 state finalists, representing eight out of the 13 tourism regions.
Prestigious winners include the Woodford Folk Festival, which hosts six nights of concert, dance, theatre, film, comedy and art annually on the Sunshine Coast, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, which sets the Southern Queensland Country town abloom each Spring.
Big hitter Dreamworld was crowned as a top tourist attraction, while charming Sunny Coast bed and breakfast Bli Bli House took home the gold for best hosted accommodation.
"It’s a coup for the entire state to have 16 Queensland businesses and events honoured on a national level," says Queensland Tourism Industry Council's Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind.
Mr Gschwind says the national recognition is testament to the dedication of Queensland businesses to continually raise the bar when it comes to quality tourism experiences for travellers.
Now in its 30th year, the Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s most celebrated awards program, recognising excellence in tourism Australia-wide.
See all the Queensland award winners below.
|Major Festivals and Events - Gold||Woodford Folk Festival|
|Festivals and Events - Gold||Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers|
|Destination Marketing - Gold||Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism2013/2014 ‘Bundaberg Turtle Campaign’|
|Tourist and Caravan Parks - Gold||Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort|
|Hosted Accommodation - Gold||Bli Bli House|
|Tour and/or Transport Operators - Silver||Fun Over Fifty|
|Adventure Tourism - Silver||Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours|
|Major Tourist Attractions - Bronze||Dreamworld|
|Tourist Attractions - Bronze||Capricorn Caves|
|Heritage and Cultural Tourism - Bronze||The Workshops Rail Museum|
|Indigenous Tourism - Bronze||Mossman Gorge Centre|
|Business Tourism - Bronze||Cairns Convention Centre|
|Major Tour and/or Transport Operators - Bronze||Cruise Whitsundays|
|Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services - Bronze||Noosa Boathouse|
|Backpacker Accommodation - Bronze||Cairns Central YHA|
|Standard Accommodation - Bronze||Maroochy River Resort & Bungalows|
(Feature image: Tourism and Events Queensland)