Competition is heating up in this years Queensland Tourism Awards with more than 200 nominations statewide across 28 categories.
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said this makes it one of largest pools of entrants in the awards’ history.
The Outback’s tourism industry is looking to make its mark at the awards, which will be held at The Star Gold Coast on Friday 16 November 2018.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, Adels Grove, Eromanga Natural History Museum and the Qantas Founders Museum are among the Outback entrants in the annual awards, hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC).
These entrants are shining examples of why the state’s tourism industry has seen record growth in 2018.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Queensland Tourism Awards recognise outstanding tourism operators.
“Outback tourism operators support local jobs and are the backbone of Queensland’s $25 billion tourism industry,” Ms Jones said.
“These operators offer a wide-range of products and experiences and showcase our state’s unique and beautiful tourism offerings.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing Queensland’s tourism industry by working with local tourism operators and industry.
“Congratulations to all Outback entrants and to the more than 200 nominees across the State,” she said.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills congratulated award nominees for showcasing the diversity of the state’s tourism industry.
“We are proud of our long-standing association with the Queensland Tourism awards,” Mr Mills said.
“This is our 12th year as presenting partner and we look forward to congratulating all entrants and winners at November’s gala ceremony on the Gold Coast.
“Airports help provide access to Queensland’s tourist destinations, however it’s the unique experiences and quality services that make people want to travel here in the first place, “ he said.
Introduced last year, the RACQ People’s Choice Award will again provide the public with the opportunity to have their say and vote for their favourite tourism experience and service, or accommodation provider.
Voting for the RACQ People’s Choice awards is opened on Tuesday August 28 until Monday September 24, 2018.