2022 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards

The 2022 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 is as simple as ever before with a short online form below. 

WHY NOMINATE

The North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards aim to:

  • Showcase the breadth of tourism experiences in our own backyard;
  • Publicly recognise and reward excellence within the tourism industry;
  • Provide a benchmark for best practice;
  • Reinforce the value of the tourism in Townsville North Queensland;
  • Encourage the continued growth and elevated standards among tourism operators in North Queensland;
  • Provide an annual platform of celebration for the industry and offer networking opportunities for operators, supporters and sponsors;
  • Energise and motivate staff;
  • Increase media and publicity of entrants and winners; and,
  • Highlight the prominence of North Queensland in the Queensland tourism industry.
EVENT INFORMATION

Nomination Fee for Event and People's Choice categories is $175.00 Members | $225.00 Non-Members which will include one ticket to the event. 

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

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.

EVENT AND PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD CATEGORIES

People's Choice Award - 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 2021 and 30 June 2022.
  • 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

People's Choice Award - 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 2021 and 30 June 2022.
  • 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

People's Choice Award - 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

People's Choice Award - 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

People's Choice Award - Tours and 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

People's Choice Award - 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

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 before 30 June 2022.
  • This Award will not necessarily be recognised annually.

2021 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards Winners

Best Major Event – Townsville Eats Origin Edition

Best Destination Event - Magnetic Island Race Week 2019

Accommodation - The Ville Resort-Casino

Dining - A Touch of Salt

Transport - Magnetic Island Ferries

Tours and Attractions - Texas Longhorn Tours

Industry Collaborator Award – Mark & Judy Evans, Paronella Park

Young Achiever Award – Ashleigh and Andrew Eslick, Magnetic Island Jet Ski Hire

Richard Power Award for Outstanding Contribution – Steph & Adam Hinks, Aquascene Charters Magnetic Island

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