Regions Claim Tourism Awards

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TOURISM operators in regional Queensland have cleaned up at the state's prestigious industry awards, displaying a successful and hard earned comeback from a year of natural disaster recovery.

More than 200 tourism operators were in the running for 30 categories at this year's Queensland Tourism Awards, which were presented in Brisbane on Friday night.

Among the biggest award winners was the Sunshine Coast's Australia Zoo which won the major tourism attraction category.

The Warwick Visitor Information Centre received a major award recognising the volunteer group's outstanding contribution to tourism.

Tourism Whitsunday's Danielle Krista took home the Young Achievers Award for her duly noted contribution to the tourism industry.

The overall winner was the Whitsunday's region, home to eight award recipients.

The highly regarded Audi Hamilton Island Race Week took home the award for a major event and Airlie Beach's Wings Diving Adventures received the Steve Irwin Award for Eco Tourism, beating the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.

Destinations further afield did not go unnoticed either.

The interactive Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich took out the tourist attraction category while the boutique Spicers Hidden Vale retreat in Grandchester, near Toowoomba, won the deluxe accommodation award.

Queensland Tourism Awards 2012 Winners

Major Tourist Attractions - Australia Zoo.

Tourist Attractions - The Workshops Rail Museum.

Major Festivals and Events - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

Festivals and Events - Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo.

The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism - Wings Diving Adventures.

Heritage and Cultural Tourism - Kinnon & Co. …

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