We're the best: Coast smashes competition in tourism awards
COAST tourism operators have been cast into the spotlight, taking out seven accolades at the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards.
RACV Noosa Resort came home the star, receiving the inaugural RACQ People's Choice Award for their accommodation and a gold award for their self-contained accommodation.
Resort manager Darran McClenaghan said it was a big surprise, as the award is completely voted by guests who've stayed with them.
"Apparently we got more than 4000 votes," he said.
"There's one thing having people have a good time at your resort but then for them to go and vote for us was a huge surprise."
The awards were a night to celebrates Queensland's $25 billion tourism industry.
Mr McClenaghan said the award was also a testament to the Coast's two destination marketing teams working tirelessly to promote the region.
"I'm mindful of our two destination teams and see these rewards as a reflection of the work these two teams do for our destination," he said.
"It's a testament of the good work these teams do to support the beautiful place we're fortunate enough to live in."
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the 33nd Queensland Tourism Awards had attracted an outstanding array of tourism operators across all award categories.
"This year's entrants across 28 business, event and individual categories reflect the diverse and dynamic range of tourism operators helping Queensland's tourism industry flourish," he said.
"Queensland's tourism industry continues to do much of the heavy lifting for the state's economy, this year growing by more than 5.5% and employing more than 225,000 people."
In total, the Sunshine Coast region collected two gold, one silver, three bronze, and one highly commended award.
"International visitor numbers for Queensland have seen record grown in the 12 months to June 2017, growing 5.6% per cent," Mr Gschwind said.
After only one year in business family-owned Diddillibah holiday park Rivershore Resort was awarded a silver award for their New Tourism Business.
Director of the resort Bernard McGovern said it was a thrill to be recognised.
"It is a tribute to the hard work of our staff and we're delighted that our vision for the park has been endorsed," he said.
For more information, visit www.queenslandtourismawards.com.au.