Awards hosted by "resilient" Queensland

Awards hosted by "resilient" Queensland
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Minister for tourism Martin Ferguson has acknowledged the “resilience” of Queensland tourism as he opened the 25th annual Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Cairns.

Ferguson spoke of the state’s gradual recovery from the natural disasters of 2011 and confirmed that visitor numbers were improving “due to the hard work and dedication of local tourism operators”.
“Domestic overnight trips have increased by 5% for the year to September 2011,” he said. “More than a third of all international visitors to Australia visited Queensland in the year to September 2011.”
The event, attended by more than 700 industry representatives, also marked the incorporation of the Great Barrier Reef to the National Landscapes program, to raise international awareness of the attraction which supports an estimated 60,000 jobs and represents an asset of $5 billion for the Queensland economy.
Meanwhile, a record 11 of the evening’s winners heralded from New South Wales, beating last year’s record of 10.
“With more than a third of these titles awarded to New South Wales-based operators, the value of tourism to the New South Wales economy can no longer be ignored,” Tourism Industry Council NSW general manager Andrew Jefferies said.
 
The winners are:
 
Major Tourist Attraction
 
Winner – Melbourne Museum, VIC
Silver – Taronga Zoo, NSW
Bronze – Kakadu National Park, NT
 
Tourist Attractions
 
Winner – The Magic of Jenolan, NSW
Silver – Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, NT
Bronze – Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, ACT
 
Major Festivals and Events
 
Winner – Floriade 2010 – Imaginations: Where will yours take you, ACT
Silver – Santos Tour Down Under, SA
Bronze – Melbourne Fringe Festival, VIC
 
Festivals and Events
 
Winner – NSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow, NSW
Silver – City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks, WA
Bronze – South Australian Wooden Boat Festival, SA
 
Ecotourism
 
Winner – Moonraker Dolphin Swims, VIC
Silver – Lane Cove River Tourist Park, NSW
Bronze – Eco Beach Broome, WA
 
Heritage and Cultural Tourism
 
Winner – Jenolan Caves – Written in Stone, NSW
Silver – The Workshops Rail Museum, QLD
Bronze – Venture North Australia, NT
 
Indigenous Tourism
 
Winner – Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery, NSW
Silver – Mungalla Aboriginal Tours, QLD
Bronze – Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre, NT
 
Specialised Tourism Services
 
Winner – Newcastle Airport, NSW
Silver – DIY Tourguide, NT
Bronze – Mornington Peninsula Tourism
 
Visitor Information and Services
 
Winner – Bendigo Visitor Centre, VIC
Silver – Swan Valley Visitor Centre, WA
Bronze – Ipswich Visitor Information Centre, QLD
 
Meetings and Business Tourism
 
Winner – National Convention Centre, ACT
Silver – Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau, VIC
Bronze – Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, NSW
 
Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
 
Winner – Fantasea Adventure Cruising, QLD
Silver – Yellow Water Cruises, NT
Bronze – Moonshadow Cruises, NSW
 
Tour and/or Transport Operators
 
Winner – Tri State Safaris, NSW
Silver – Fun Over Fifty, QLD
Bronze – 12 Apostles Helicopters, VIC
 
Adventure Tourism
 
Winner – The Maria Island Walk, TAS
Silver – Tri State Safaris, NSW
Bronze – Equathon Horse Riding Tours, QLD
 
Tourism Marketing
 
Winner – Pure Tasmania, TAS
Silver – Conventions Adelaide Program, SA
Bronze – The Legendary Pacific Coast, NSW
 
Tourism Education and Training
 
Winner – Travel 21fiftythree, NSW
Silver – South West Institute of TAFE, VIC
Bronze – Quinlan’s Hospitality & Tourism Training Centre – Challenger Institute of Technology, WA
 
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
 
Winner – Jacob’s Restaurants @ Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, SA
Silver – Margan Restaurant, NSW
Bronze – Max’s at Red Hill Estate, VIC
 
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries
 
Winner – Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, SA
Silver – Wyndham Estate Winery, NSW
Bronze – Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove
 
Tourist and Caravan Parks
 
Winner – BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park, NSW
Silver – BIG4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park, WA
Bronze – BIG4 Beacon Resort, VIC
 
Backpacker Accommodation
 
Winner – Sydney Harbour YHA, NSW
Silver – Brisbane City YHA, QLD
Bronze – BIG4 Beacon Resort, VIC
 
Hosted Accommodation
 
Winner – Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, SA
Silver – Mollymook Beach Waterfront, NSW
Bronze – Big Blue Backyard, VIC
 
Unique Accommodation
 
Winner – Eco Beach Broome, WA
Silver – Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, NT
Bronze – Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, QLD
 
Standard Accommodation
 
Winner – Scone Motor Inn, NSW
Silver – Narnu Farm, SA
Bronze – Blue Moon Cottages, VIC
 
Deluxe Accommodation
 
Winner – The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, TAS
Silver – Azjure Studio Retreat, QLD
Bronze – Lasseters Hotel Casino, NT
 
Luxury Accommodation
 
Winner – Saffire Freycinet, TAS
Silver – The Sebel Playford Adelaide, SA
Bronze – Crown Metropol, VIC
 
New Tourism Development
 
Winner – Musum of Old and New Art (MONA), TAS
Silver – The Enchanted Maze Garden, VIC
Bronze – Wildman Wilderness Lodge, NT
 
Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
 
Winner – Lane Cove River Tourist Park, NSW
Silver – Sinclair’s Gully, SA
Bronze – Eco Beach Broome, WA
 
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual (National)
 
Winner – Grant Hunt, NT

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