ONE of the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s hidden gems has gained gold on the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards held in Brisbane on Friday evening.
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, well-known for its pristine coral cay inside a inexperienced zone of the SGBR Marine Park, picked up the coveted Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism.
Gladstone’s Feast on East Markets and 1770 Reef Tours have been additionally nominated.
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited chief govt officer Darryl Branthwaite attended the awards ceremony.
“We were delighted to be there and delighted Southern Great Barrier Reef locations were featured in these awards along with the Feast on East Markets and 1770 Reef Tours being nominated,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief govt Daniel Gschwind mentioned Queensland’s tourism trade continues to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the state’s economic system.
“This year (tourism) is growing by more than 5.5 per cent and employing more than 225,000 people,” he mentioned.
“International visitor numbers for Queensland have seen record growth in the 12 months to June 2017, growing 5.6 per cent.”
Operating for 33 years, the awards recognise the excellent achievements of the state’s tourism trade, together with people, trade operators and occasions.
A complete of 83 awards, together with 28 Gold, 24 Silver, 24 Bronze, 5 extremely counseled and two particular person awards throughout 28 clbades, in addition to the inaugural RACQ People’s Choice awards, have been offered in entrance of 900 company on the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This yr’s awards attracted greater than 160 nominations from throughout the state.
It was a very profitable evening for SGBR tourism operators who took out seven accolades together with three gold, two silver and two bronze awards.
Lady Elliot Island is positioned 45 nautical miles east of Seventeen Seventy, though departures to the island happen out of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Redcliffe and the Gold Coast.
The resort has been recognised as one of many main ecologically sustainable tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef, offering company with a chance to expertise and be taught concerning the island’s distinctive ecosystem with minimal affect.
Only a restricted variety of company are allowed on the island at anybody time and all actions are carried out in accordance with greatest apply and minimal affect tips to make sure no harm happens to the island or reef.
GOLD: Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, Empire Conference Centre (Rockhampton), The Waterline Restaurant (Keppel Bay Marina)
SILVER: Empire Apartment Hotel (Rockhampton), Kellys Beach Resort
BRONZE: Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Hinkler Hall of Aviation.