Townsville and Ingham take out national tourism awards

By: Chris Smith


Townsville and Ingham have won awards at the prestigious 2007 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, at the National Convention Centre in

Townsville and Ingham have won awards at the prestigious 2007 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

Boyle says Queensland tourism operators triumphed overall taking seven of the 25 categories.

"The region was extremely well represented with Bungalow Bay Koala Village winning the Backpacker Accommodation and Noorla Heritage Resort winning the Standard Accommodation," she says.

"This is an impressive and well deserved result for North Queensland, a region that continues to stamp itself place on the national and international tourism scene.

"It was a very exciting night for Magnetic Island's Bungalow Bay Koala Village which is setting the benchmark for backpacker ecotourism experiences and for Noorla Heritage Resort, a quality establishment that has been very creative in differentiating itself."

"It's wonderful to see them both recognised wit h Australia's highest tourism accolade and I warmly congratulate them."

They were among five Queensland Tourism Awards winners from North Queensland who progressed to the 2007 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, organised annually by the National Tourism Alliance.

Queensland winners were:
• The Quicksilver Group, Tropical North Queensland, Major Tour and/or Transport Operator
• Cairns Coconut Caravan Resort, Tropical North Queensland, Tourist and Caravan Parks
• Tourism Noosa, Noosa, Tourism Marketing
• Rubyvale Gem Gallery, North of Emerald, Specialised Tourism Services
• The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich, Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

"The fact Queensland won more awards than any other state or territory clearly demonstrates the depth, diversity and quality of Queensland tourism experiences and products," she says.

"Queensland has long been recognised not just in Austr alia, but throughout the world, as a leader in the developing high quality, unique tourism experiences and tonight's triumph is a fitting tribute.

"I am very proud of this wonderful achievement and I again congratulate Queensland's national winners."

Victoria and New South Wales each won five awards, the ACT won three awards, Western Australia and South Australia each won two awards and Tasmania won one award.

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