Gold Coast shines at Tourism Awards

Gold Coast tourism operators have taken out 12 accolades at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, which celebrate the dedicated individuals and successful operators of the state’s $23 billion tourism industry.

The region collected the second highest number of awards, just behind Tropical North Queensland and equal to the Whitsundays and Brisbane.

The Queensland Tourism Awards is hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and presented by Queensland Airports Limited in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and supporting
partner Tourism Australia.


The Gold Coast collected 2 Gold, 7 Silver and 1 Bronze awards. Winners included O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, iFLY Gold Coast, Broadbeach Country Music Festival and RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Young business woman Nikki Dudley was the recipient of a Young Achievers Award, with Thomas Angel of Jupiter’s Gold Coast receiving a Judge’s Commendation in the same category.

This year, the awards attracted approximately 160 entries from across the state.

A total of 72 awards, including 24 Gold, 23 Silver, 20 Bronze and 5 individual awards across 28 categories, were presented at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight where 900 guests gathered to celebrate Queensland’s tourism achievements.

See below list of all of this year’s 2016 Queensland Tourism Awards Gold Coast winners.

QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the 32nd Queensland Tourism Awards had attracted an outstanding array of tourism operators.

“I applaud the winners of our 28 business, event and individual categories. These dedicated operators and their staff have shown the true spirit of our vibrant tourism industry,” he said.

“Queensland’s tourism industry has emerged as a powerhouse of the state’s economy, contributing $22.8 billion in local expenditure and employing more than 233,000 Queenslanders, with enormous
opportunities ahead for our regions and destinations.

“Tonight’s winners are industry champions with the passion and innovative drive that makes our industry what it is today. With that kind of commitment our tourism industry will continue to go from
strength to strength.”