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Fraser Coast's best compete for Qld Tourism Awards success


Competition is heating up in this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), as some of the Fraser Coast’s favourite tourism operators compete for gold.
With more than 200 entrants statewide across 28 categories, the Fraser Coast tourism industry is looking to make its mark at the awards, which will be held at The Star Gold Coast on Friday, November 16.
Following a huge year for Queensland tourism, Tasman Venture has entered the awards in the hope their Remote Fraser Island Experience will secure a gong.
Robyn Burgess, owner of Tasman Venture, said they had continued to enter the award in the past three years as the process was incredibly rewarding.
“The process has caused us to really think about our business in its entirety, and to strive to be innovative and best in class,” Ms Burgess said.
“We offer a nature-based experience that captures two of Queensland's most sought-after attractions – close encounters with humpback whales and the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
“On our Remote Fraser Island and Whale Experience tour we offer guests the opportunity to swim with humpback whales and explore the isolated west coast of Fraser Island on the same tour in the same day. We are completely unique in this regard and believe our tour truly offers a once in a lifetime experience.
“We need to continue to educate our young up and comers that tourism offers a viable and very rewarding career. Tourism and hospitality isn't something that students do for pocket money whilst studying; tourism is a critical part of our state's economy and we should all be proud to work in such a fantastic industry.”
Full list of Fraser Coast entrants below
QTIC chief executive Daniel Gschwind said more than 200 operators from all over the state had entered this year’s awards, making it one of largest pools of entrants in the awards’ history.

“It’s great to see so many entrants from all over the Sunshine State – large and small operators, restaurants and hospitality businesses, accommodation providers, festival organisers and so many more,” he said.
“The tourism industry continues to be a major contributor to the Queensland economy, injecting $25 billion and creating 225,300 jobs in the year ending December 2017.
“It’s been a huge year for Queensland, with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games bringing thousands of new visitors to our great state, boosting local tourism and allowing us to show the world the wonderful experiences on offer in Queensland.
“The Queensland Tourism Awards give us an opportunity to celebrate the most outstanding operators from the tourism industry in Queensland.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Queensland Tourism Awards recognise outstanding tourism operators.
“Fraser Coast operators support local jobs and are the backbone of Queensland’s $25 billion tourism industry,” she said.
“These operators offer a wide-range of products and experiences and showcase our state’s unique and beautiful tourism offerings.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing Queensland’s tourism industry by working with local tourism operators and industry.
“Congratulations to all Fraser Coast entrants and to the more than 200 nominees across the State.”
Introduced last year, the RACQ People’s Choice Award will again provide the public with the opportunity to have their say and vote for their favourite tourism experience and service, or accommodation provider. Voting for the RACQ People’s Choice awards is open from Tuesday, August 28, until Monday, September 24. Visit to find out how to vote.
Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from the 28 Queensland Tourism Awards categories and the RACQ People’s Choice Award will be announced on Friday, November 16 at The Star Gold Coast.
Queensland’s Gold Award winners from categories 1-25 will gain automatic entry into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

2018 Queensland Tourism Award Entrants – Fraser Coast
• Aquavue Café Watersports
• Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre
• Remote Fraser Island Experience
The Queensland Tourism Awards are hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and presented by Queensland Airports Limited, in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland and major supporting partner Star Entertainment Group.
For more information, visit and follow the latest news and announcements on social media using the Awards hashtag #QTA18 on:
• Facebook @Queensland Tourism Awards
• Twitter @TheQTIC
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