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Up to 400 people expected at Moroccan-themed awards night


A bigger crowd is expected at the Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Awards’ Moroccan-themed presentation night this year as the finalists of five new categories join the event.

Richly coloured wisps of fabric and ancient-looking lamps will decorate Hervey Bay’s Beach House Hotel for the annual gala dinner on November 2.

Presented by Fraser Coast Tourism & Events in partnership with the Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Tiaro Chambers of Commerce, it will be the sixth year of the event in its combined business and tourism format.

FCTE general manager Martin Simons said he expected the crowd to be the largest in the awards history since new categories for online retailing and not-for-profit enterprises had been added and both the dining and accommodation sections had been expanded.

“We’re expecting about 400 people to attend the awards night this year, which will be very close to maximum capacity for the venue,” he said.

“It’s the region’s premier business and tourism function and provides an opportunity for the Fraser Coast’s best and most innovative operators to be recognised by their peers.

“It’s also a great night out - a chance for business managers to reward their staff and for everyone to let their hair down.

“We plan to repeat the pre-dinner cocktail function on the beachfront which provided such a magical start to the event last year and people can enjoy a delicious meal as the awards are announced.” 

The event will have a change of band this year, with Playing Vegas combining musicians from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to keep the crowd entertained after 10.30pm with a mix of modern and retro classics.

Mr Simons said the August 31 deadline for submissions was approaching and he urged businesses to download a submission guide from and enter the awards.


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