The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) has recognised the best operators in Queensland at the 33rd Queensland Tourism Awards on 10 October, with more than 900 guests attending to celebrate.

Six Gold Coast operators were among the evening’s awardees, including Tamborine’s Treetop Challenge and Benowa’s RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Additionally, QTIC recognised the Surfers Paradise Sand Safari Arts Festival 2017 and Surfers Paradise LIVE 2017 events.

The Gold Coast Hinterlands’ O’Reilly’s was recognised as the state’s best tourism winery, thanks to their Canungra Valley Vineyards.

O’Reilly’s General Manager Tamil Mani accepted the award on behalf of O’Reilly’s.

“The Vineyard has now placed both bronze and silver in the previous two years, and this gold win is a true testament to the team’s efforts, particularly in customer experience delivery which we’ve worked on over the past twelve months,” said Mr Mani.

“The award will now help the Vineyard to publicise our picturesque creek side location and ultimately attract more visitors to enjoy our 15-acre property and sample our Queensland grown and produced wines.”

O’Reilly’s will now go on to enter the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Perth on 23 February, 2018.

Additionally, Tourism Minister Kate Jones applauded Queensland’s tourism industry for growing from strength to strength.

“Thanks to the hard work of our tourism operators who deliver fantastic products and experiences,” said Ms Jones.

The evening included 28 business, event, and individual categories.

QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said that these Queensland tourism’s ‘diverse and dynamic’ range, helps Queensland’s tourism industry to continue to flourish.

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