Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has congratulated the winners of the 2019 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards, including the Australian Age of Dinosaurs which took out the coveted Major Tourist Attraction category.
Karumba's Les Wilson Barramundi Centre, the Big Red Bash and Julia Creek Visitor and Information Centre were also among 15 winners and four Hall of Fame inductees at the annual awards in Winton Saturday night in front of more than 200 tourism industry representatives.
Ms Palaszczuk said the awards were a fitting way to celebrate the Year of Outback Tourism and to commend Outback tourism operators for their contributions to the State's regional economy.
"From the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Cobbold Gorge, the Big Red Bash to the Qantas Founders Museum - the Outback has something for everyone and these are some of the best in the west," the Premier said.
"The Outback is bustling with exciting events, incredible history, spectacular landscapes and the brightest stars you'll ever see all of which attracted a record-breaking one million tourists this year."
Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones attended the event and said the state government was investing in new projects in the outback like Cobbold Gorge, the Qantas Founders Museum and the Dinosaur Dreaming Trail to create tourism jobs.
"The awards ceremony comes after National Visitor Survey data revealed the outback attracted more than one million tourists for the first time in the year to June, with the industry generating $724 million."
CEO of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, Denise Brown was pleased to see the Outback Queensland tourism industry come together to celebrate each other's success.
"The winners of the tourism awards have gone above and beyond to provide outstanding service to the Outback Queensland tourism industry and deserve to be commended for their support," Ms Brown said.
"The future attractions underway with the Queensland Government Infrastructure Grants Program, will create healthy and wonderful competition in future award years. We are galvanising our Outback region tremendously."
The 2019 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards were the last of a range of industry activities held in Winton this week, including Tourism and Events Queensland's Conversations with Industry and the Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium.
The 2019 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards Winners:
Vince Evert Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism: Stewart Benson (Blackall).
Major Tourist Attraction: The Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Tourist Attraction: Cobbold Gorge
Festivals & Events: Big Red Bash
Cultural Tourism: Qantas Founders Museum
Tour & Transport Operator: Elite Aviation Services
Accommodation: Saltbush Retreat
New Tourism Business: Les Wilson Barramundi Centre
Destination Marketing: Flinders Shire Council
Visitor Information and Services: Julia Creek Visitor and Information Centre
Outback Eco Project: The Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Visitor's Choice Best Outback Queensland Region: Experience Charleville (Murweh Shire Council)
Visitor's Choice Best Outback Queensland Experience: Outback Pioneers
Visitor's Choice Best Outback Queensland Stay: Saltbush Retreat
Visitor's Choice Best Outback Queensland Pub: Wellshot Hotel
Hall of Fame Inductees: Cultural Tourism: Outback Pioneers
Hosted Accommodation: Cobbold Village
Tour and Transport Operator: Outback Aussie Tours
Best Outback Queensland Pub: Goldfields Hotel
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