2021 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards

The 2021 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards have been established to recognise and foster excellence within Townsville North Queensland’s tourism industry. The awards allow the industry to recognise the people, places, organisations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences for visitors in the Townsville North Queensland region. 

This year, the nomination process has been made as simple as possible to respond to the taxing COVID-19 environment - with a short online form below and updated award categories. 

EVENT INFORMATION

Nomination Fee for Event and People's Choice Categories is $140.00 Members | $200.00 Non-Members which will include one ticket to the event. 

Individual Awards are free to nominate. 
*All prices are inclusive of GST.

To purchase additional tickets to the event and download event invitation, click here. 

KEY DATES

Nominations Open: Tuesday 20 July 2021
Nominations Close: Friday 6 August 2021
Peoples Choice Award Voting: Monday 9 August 2021 - Monday 6 September 2021
Awards Ceremony & Gala: Friday 24 September 2021 at The Ville Resort-Casino

EVENT AND PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD INFORMATION

People’s Choice Awards - Decided by a combination of public voting and online reviews, this year's People’s Choice Awards will showcase and recognise the businesses and events who are providing the best customer experience.  Once nominated, the only thing you have to do as an nominee is share the voting information with your visitors and encourage them to vote for you. All nominees will be provided with marketing toolkit (including web banners and social media tiles) to help your promote your nomination. Categories below. 

Best of Queensland No nomination required. This category will recognise and acknowledge all operators who have qualified for the most recent Best of Queensland round.

Nomination Form

2021 NORTH QUEENSLAND TOURISM AND EVENTS AWARDS: PEOPLE'S CHOICE NOMINEES

Nominations are in, and the public voting has opened for this year's North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards 2021 - People's Choice categories!

Congratulations to all nominees in this year's awards, across six People's Choice categories. 
Join us in celebrating local businesses and recognise the people, places, organisations, and events that have gone above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences across North Queensland.

Nominees: Best Major Event

This category recognises Major Festivals, events and exhibitions that enhance the profile and appeal of Townsville North Queensland, attract over 5,000 visitors and create a significant economic impact for the destination.

Important Notes: 

  • Event must attract over 5,000 visitors. 
  • Event must have occurred between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021.
  • Event must be listed on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW).
  • Event must be hosted in the Townsville, Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, Charters Towers or Palm Island area
  Townsville Eats Origin Edition
  North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Broncos
  North Australian Festival of Arts (2019)
  HALO Life Below Water

Professional Bull Riding Townsville

Nominees: Best Destination Event

This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that enhance the profile and appeal of Townsville North Queensland, attract under 5,000 visitors and create economic impact for the destination.

Important Notes:

  • Event must attract under 5,000 visitors.
  • Event must have occurred between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021.
  • Event must be listed on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW).
  • Events must be hosted in the Townsville, Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, Charters Towers or Palm Island area
  Sweet Days Hot Nights (Burdekin)
  Hospo Heroes (Magnetic Island)
  Outer Limits Adventure Fitness - Trail Run Series
  Beats and Eats (Magnetic Island)
  Magnetic Island Race Week (2019)
  Australian Italian Festival (Ingham)
  Tasman Park Fest (Ingham)
  The Great Island Trek (Magnetic Island)

Nominees: Accommodation

This award will be presented to Accommodation that delivers the most exceptional visitor experience.

Important Notes:

  • Business nominating must be listed on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW).
  • Judging will be determined by both an online vote and a weighting towards the operators Best of Queensland score.
  • Business must operate in the Townsville, Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, Charters Towers or Palm Island area
  The Ville Resort-Casino
  Tropical Palms Resort & 4WD Hire
  BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park
  Orpheus Island Lodge
  Oaks Metropole Townsville

Nominees: Dining

This award will be presented to the Townsville North Queensland Restaurant, Pub, Club or Casual Dining that delivers the most exceptional visitor experience.

Important Notes:

  • Judging will be determined by both an online vote and a weighting towards the operators Best of Queensland score.
  • Business must operate in the Townsville, Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, Charters Towers or Palm Island area
  A Touch of Salt
  Cowboys League Club
  Miss Songs (The Ville Resort-Casino)
  Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms
  Cbar
  237 Flinders Street
  Island Burger (Base Magnetic Island)
  JK's Delicatessen

Nominees: Tours & Attractions

This award will be presented to the Townsville North Queensland Tour or Attraction that delivers the most exceptional visitor experience.

Important Notes:

  • Business nominating must be listed on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW).
  • Judging will be determined by both an online vote and a weighting towards the operators Best of Queensland score.
  • Business must operate in the Townsville, Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, Charters Towers or Palm Island area
  Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive
  Raven Tours
  Stage Door Theatre Restaurant
  Magnetic Island Jet Ski Tours
  Big Mama Sailing
  Billabong Sanctuary
  Texas Longhorns Tours
  Townsville Helicopters
  Aquascene Charters Magnetic Island
  Pilgrim Sailing

Nominees: Transport

This award will be presented to the Townsville North Queensland Transport that delivers the most exceptional visitor experience.

Defined as a service provider designed to assist a person to travel from one place to another; to provide logistical access to Townsville North Queensland.

Important Notes:

  • Business must operate in the Townsville, Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, Charters Towers or Palm Island area
  Detour Coaches
  Magnetic Island Ferries
  MI Rentals (Jeeps on Maggie)
  Townsville Helicopters - Zeph Air
  Sealink Queensland
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS INFORMATION

Richard Power Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual This category will include a short written submission and possible interview.

Young Achiever Award - This category will include a short written submission and possible interview.

Richard Power Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

This Award recognises the extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution by an individual over many years to the local tourism industry. Judges consider in particular the activities and contribution of the nominee outside the expectations of normal employment.

Important Notes:

  • The Award will not be made to the same person twice.
  • Nominations will be accepted from all parties except the nominee.
  • This Award will be presented at the discretion of the judges, based on the submissions received.
  • This Award will not necessarily be recognised annually.

Young Achiever Award

This award recognises an individual, less than 35 years of age, working in the tourism industry and his/her contribution to the development of a vibrant and professional tourism industry.

Important Notes:

  • The Award will not be made to the same person twice.
  • Nominations will be accepted from all parties except the nominee.
  • This Award will be presented at the discretion of the judges, based on the submissions received.
  • Nominee has to be 35 years or younger during the period of 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2021
  • This Award will not necessarily be recognised annually.
2019 NORTH QUEENSLAND TOURISM AND EVENTS AWARD WINNERS

New Tourism Business - Aquascene Magnetic Island 

Excellence in Customer Experience: Hotel and Resort Accommodation - The Ville Resort-Casino 

Excellence in Customer Experience: Motels, Caravan Parks and Bed and Breakfasts - Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway

Excellence in Customer Experience: Tours and Attractions - Aquascene Magnetic Island

Excellence in Customer Experience: Restaurants - A Touch of Salt

Excellence in Customer Experience: Pubs, Clubs and Casual Dining - Cowboys Leagues Club

Major Festivals and Events - Watpac Townsville 400

Festivals and Events - Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Travel Associates People's Choice Award - SeaLink Queensland

Richard Power Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - Ross McLennan

Young Achiever Award - Alicia Masters

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

Become a major partner for this event to receive significant brand exposure, develop and strengthen your relationship with the local tourism industry and support one of Townsville North Queensland's major industries and economic drivers. 

View the partnership prospectus here, and for any further information please email monique.searle@tel.com.au

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