2020 Queensland Tourism Awards

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Please find below a list of 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards categories.  Click on each to download the criteria.

Important Categories and Criteria Update: 

Please see all changes to criteria and questions here

Accreditation Update:  

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) will introduce a new, integrated framework for Australia’s business quality programs, which will incorporate existing programs such as; the Australian Tourism Accreditation ProgramStar Ratings program, and the Australian Tourism Awards. This new framework will be known as the Quality Tourism Framework (QTF). 

Under the new QTF, there will be changes to requirements for the 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards (QTA), which all entrants must meet in order to be eligible for the national award categories. The QTF, will provide greater efficiencies for those who are engaged across multiple programs and provide an assurance of minimum standards being met by all.  

Important 2019 QTA Accreditation Change

1.  To be eligible for any of the accommodation categories (17 – 23) except Unique Accommodation, all entrants are required to meet a specific Star Rating (dependent on their category), through the completion of a pre-assessment module in your submission portal, which will calculate a proposed rating as well as the business standards.  Those who are already Star Rated will not be required to complete a pre-assessment as the rating has already been confirmed. Note: annual Star Rating renewals are due July 2019.  


Star Rating required to enter



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Business Standard (QTF Level 1) 



Caravan Park 





Download the Accommodation Standard instruction here


2. All entrants in non-accommodation and unique accommodation categories are required to complete Level 1 of the QTF. This pre-assessment will be included within the submission portal. Those who are already accredited through QTF (formally known at ATAP) will not be required to complete a pre-assessment.  Note: annual QTF (formally ATAP) renewals are due July 2019

3. There is no additional cost for 2019 QTA entrants to complete the required pre-assessments. Additional costs will only apply if an entrant wishes to finalise the accreditation process through the QTF.

4. Queensland entrants were previously required to hold accreditation through one of 17 recognised programs. In order to ensure consistency across the States under the QTF, this requirement no longer applies. 

Although this requirement no longer applies, QTIC highly recommends that all entrants maintain their current accreditation, as it is a valuable business asset and will strengthen QTA submissions.

Under the new QTF, QTIC will continue to work with our accreditation partners to uphold tourism excellence and deliver quality standards across the industry.  



Always refer to the 2019 Rules of Entry when compiling your submission. 

Do not refer to criteria specifications and eligibility descriptors from the 2019 (or earlier) Queensland Tourism Awards, as they no longer apply. 


1. Major Tourist Attractions
2. Tourist Attractions
3. Major Festivals and Events 
4. Festivals and Events
5. The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism
6. Cultural Tourism
7. Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism
8. Specialised Tourism Services
9. Visitor Information Services
10. Business Event Venues
11. Major Tour and Transport Operators
12. Tour and Transport Operators
13. Adventure Tourism
14. The Richard Power Award for Destination Marketing
15. Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries 
17. Caravan and Holiday Parks
18. Hosted Accommodation 
19. Unique Accommodation
20. Self Contained Accommodation 
21. Standard Accommodation
22. Deluxe Accommodation
23. Luxury Accommodation
24. New Tourism Business
25. Excellence in Food Tourism
26. Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group
27. Young Achiever Award
28. The Marie Watson-Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
29 & 30. RACQ People's Choice Award

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Media releases and other news updates can be found on the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) website. QTIC is the organisation responsible for hosting and producing the annual Queensland Tourism Awards.




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