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Congratulations to recent award winners

Congratulations to all members who were recognised at recent awards including the Queensland Tourism Awards, Adventure Tourism Awards Australia & New Zealand, Sunshine Coast Business Awards, Eumundi Business Awards and the Luxury Travel Guide Spa & Wellness Award.

Queensland Tourism Awards

The 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards are the industry's night of nights and were held at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Friday 8 November. Congratulations to the following winners. Gold award winners gain automatic entry into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra on Friday 6 March 2020.

  • Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival won gold in the Major Festivals and Events Category.
  • Habitat Noosa won the gold award in the New Tourism Business Category.
  • Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort won the Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism.
  • Australia Zoo won the RACQ People's Choice Award for Experiences and Services, won silver in the Major Tourist Attractions, and Robert Irwin won the Young Achiever Award.
  • RACV Noosa Resort won silver in the Self Contained Accommodation Category.
  • Noosa Beach House Restaurant & Bar won bronze for Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services.

Pictured: Queensland Tourism Award winners, from left, Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival; Wade Batty from Habitat Noosa; Lady Elliott Island Eco Resort and Australia Zoo.

Adventure Tourism Awards Australia & NZ

The Noosa region and its operators received fantastic recognition at the 2019 Adventure Tourism Awards Australia & New Zealand on the Gold Coast last weekend - congratulations to all!

  • Kanu Kapers Australia won the Ecotourism/Sustainability Award for the 2nd year in a row.
  • Nomads Fraser Island tours won Best Tour Queensland and Australia.
  • Noosa won Best Youth/Adventure Marketed Destination for the 2nd year in a row (marketed through Tourism Noosa's Adventure Noosa group).
  • Bookme won Best Online Travel Agent.
  • Flashpackers Noosa was runner-up for Best Hostel in Queensland and Australia.
  • Noosa's Drew Pearson won the 2019 Industry Legend Award for his commitment to the industry. Drew, Tourism Noosa's Chairman and the former owner of Halse Lodge Noosa YHA is a former president of Adventure Queensland and has worked for 22 years to improve the adventure, youth and backpacker industry in Noosa and Queensland.

Pictured above, from left: Noosa operators at the Adventure Tourism Awards Australia & New Zealand, Drew Pearson (left) receives his Industry Legend Award; Kym and Vivienne from Kanu Kapers; Isa Grube and Juanita Bloomfield from Tourism Noosa.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards

Tourism Noosa members were well represented in the winners' list at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards on Saturday 8 November.

  • Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita was named Business of the Year and won the Hospitality Award (large).
  • RACV Noosa Resort won the Accommodation category (large).
  • The Ginger Factory won for Attractions (large).
  • IN Noosa Magazine won for Creative Industries.
  • Noosa Food & Wine Festival won the Festival and Events category (large).

Pictured above from left: Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita; RACV Noosa Resort; The Ginger Factory; IN Noosa Magazine and Noosa Food & Wine Festival.

Eumundi chamber of commerce business awards

Eumundi Trading hosted the 12th annual Eumundi Business Awards at Eumundi Square and Tourism Noosa was honoured to be invited as one of the judges. Congratulations to the winners.

  • Eumundi Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award: 2019 joint winners are Australian Wearable Art Festival and The Store - Eumundi.
  • Eumundi Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business: Big Heart Bamboo

Luxury wellness award

Ikatan Spa Noosa won the LTG (Luxury Travel Guide) Spa & Wellness Award 2019/20 for Best Wellness Spa in Australia! Congratulations to Katrina and her team.

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