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Tropical North Qld Tourism Excellence Awards return

Tropical North Qld Tourism Excellence Awards return

Two new categories have been added to the Simon George & Sons TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards which open for nominations today (June 15).

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said the awards would mark the Year of Indigenous Tourism by recognising the contribution to the tourism industry by a local Indigenous-owned experience.

“The hard work of tourism operators who have achieved top scores in the Best of Queensland Experience Program will also be recognised with an Excellence Award,” he said.

“After being put on hold last year as our industry focused on rebuilding after closing during the national lockdown, the awards are a positive way to celebrate the hard work and success of tourism businesses and individuals focused on excellence.

“Awards such as these not only reward the recipients, they showcase the best of what the Tropical North Queensland tourism industry offers.

“Our resilient industry is revelling in showcasing our international destination to domestic visitors who have elevated Cairns to become the most Googled regional destination in Australia.”

Simon George & Sons are the naming rights sponsor and CEO Ben George said it was an honour to recognise the extraordinary achievements of an industry determined to forge ahead after the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are proud to be part of the Industry Awards of Excellence in 2021 which will be a wonderful opportunity for the tourism industry to come together and celebrate our strengths.”

The categories are:

  • Life Member
  • Chair’s Award of Excellence Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
  • Young Achiever Excellence Award
  • Customer Service Excellence Award
  • The Year of Indigenous Tourism Excellence Award
  • Best of Queensland Experience Program Recognition of Excellence

Submissions for the awards are open to TTNQ Members until 5pm July 14. For more information.

The awards will be celebrated at a cocktail party on October 22 with the venue to be announced soon. All finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to attend.