Mount Isa Mines Rodeo has been recognised nationally, winning gold in the Festival and Events category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
The outback professional rodeo event, was presented with the award in Launceston, Tasmania on Friday March 1.
The Outback region finished the night with two accolades with Cobbold Village also taking home Silver in the Hosted Accommodation category.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Chief Executive and Australian Tourism Awards Chair Daniel Gschwind said the two Outback operators were deserving recipients, showcasing themselves as the best in the country.
“Locals and visitors alike have been delighted by the experience and services of Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo and Cobbold Village and to see them recognised on a national scale is fantastic for the region and for Queensland,” Mr Gschwind said.
Queensland continues to reinforce its reputation as a world-class destination taking home six Gold, eight Silver and three Bronze across the 25 categories, including the induction of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers into the National Hall of Fame – the State’s first inductee in a decade.
Mr Gschwind said it was fantastic to see the awards shared across the State with 17 operators from Tropical North Queensland to the Gold Coast getting a piece of the action – one of Queensland’s best results yet.
“To reach the finalists stage of the Australian Tourism Awards is a great honour in itself and all finalists should be immensely proud of their achievements.
“These winners are truly the best of the best, with strong competition across all categories this year,” Mr Gschwind said.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the results highlighted the strength of Queensland’s world-class tourism industry.
“Queensland’s $25 billion tourism industry has boomed over the last 12 months. With a $14 billion pipeline for tourism infrastructure pipeline, an $800 million major events calendar and great trends in domestic and international visitor numbers, we know this sector will continue to grow in the future,” Ms Jones said.
“I’m so proud of all the Queensland winners and nominees recognised at the Australian Tourism Awards tonight and I congratulate them for their outstanding contributions to our industry.
“Our Government, in partnership with QTIC, will continue to be strong advocates for advancing Queensland’s tourism industry to ensure we achieve ongoing growth and success.”
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