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Queensland Tourism Awards presented by Queensland Airports Limited

Operating for 32 years, the Queensland Tourism Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of the state's tourism industry, including individuals, businesses and events.

The Awards are a submission and inspection based program and provide the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and showcase Queensland's finest tourism operators.  The Awards cover 30 categories ranging from attractions, events, tour and transport, accommodation, restaurants, culture, marketing and more.

The Queensland Tourism Awards aim to:

  • Publicly recognise and reward excellence within the industry;
  • Support improved business planning, development and internal analysis for tourism operators;
  • Provide a benchmark for best practice within the tourism industry;
  • Reinforce the value of the tourism industry;
  • Encourage the continual raising of standards among tourism operators in Queensland;
  • Promote an annual platform of celebration for the industry and offer networking opportunities for operators, supporters and sponsors alike;
  • Highlight the prominence of Queensland in the Australian tourism industry; and
  • Provide an opportunity for successful entrants to progress to the Australian Tourism Awards and compete on a national level.

2015 Queensland Tourism Awards

Queensland’s $23 billion tourism industry has paid tribute to its dedicated individuals and successful businesses at the 2015 Queensland Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony on Friday 13  November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) and presented by Queensland Airports Limited in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland, a total of 156 nominations were received from entrants throughout Queensland.

A total of 81 awards including 27 Gold, 25 Silver, 22 Bronze and two individual awards across 30 categories were presented at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight where 900 guests gathered to celebrate Queensland’s tourism achievements. 


Hall of Fame inductees include Brisbane’s Ipswich Visitor Information Centre (Visitor Information Services), North Queensland’s Cairns Convention Centre (Business Event Venues), Cairns Central YHA (Backpacker Accommodation), Sunshine Coast’s Noosa Boathouse (Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services) and RACV Noosa Resort (Deluxe Accommodation); having all won Gold in their selected categories for three consecutive years.

Individual Queensland Tourism Awards were presented to Stephen Gregg, former Chair of Tourism and Events Queensland and QTIC (The Marie Watson-Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual) and Bindi Irwin from Australia Zoo (Young Achievers Award).

VIEW MEDIA RELEASE - "Queensland shines at 2015 State tourism awards

Important Categories and Criteria Update

Following a complete review of the Tourism Awards program at a national level, substantial changes have been made to categories and criteria, which will be implemented through the 2015 Queensland Tourism Awards. It is important that entrants (particularly those that have entered previously), take note of all changes/updates.

Do not refer to criteria specifications and eligibility descriptors from the 2014 (or earlier) Queensland Tourism Awards as they no longer apply.  To view the changes please click here.

Why should you enter the Queensland Tourism Awards? 

Listen to what past entrants have to say in the video below.
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From 2016, all Queensland Tourism Awards entrants are required to be certified or accredited in order to be eligible for entry into the Awards program. This accreditation or certification will be in addition to the legal requirements necessary for operation of your business (e.g. registrations for vehicles and equipment, licence requirements for employees).

For further information or support please refer to our Information Pack or contact the Business Support team at QTIC on (07) 3236 1445 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In 2014, the Queensland Tourism Awards celebrated 30 years of excellence and achievement in Queensland's tourism industry. This video was shown at the Queensland Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony, held on Friday 28 November 2014 at the Royal International Convention Centre. 

It features commentary from:

  • Sir Frank Moore AO, one of the industry's early developers and drivers;
  • Ian Kean, former Queensland Tourism Awards judge;
  • Pam Hardgrave from Lillydale Farmstay, Queensland Tourism Awards winner and Hall of Fame entrant.

This video was produced by our partners at TPD Media.







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