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Queensland Tourism Award winners 2014

Fun Over Fifty took out gold for Best Tour. A room at Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel.

Woodford Folk Festival.

It appears seniors are getting the best holidays with tour company Fun Over Fifty taking out gold at the Queensland Tourism Awards for Best Tour or Transport Operator.

As the name suggests, the company takes adventure seekers over 50-years-old on its diverse scenic tours, travelling anywhere from outback Queensland to the Mediterranean region.

Fun Over Fifty also won silver for Heritage and Cultural Tourism at the awards, falling behind gold-winner The Workshops Rail Museum.

Another notable success was the Emporium Hotel’s, winning a gold award for Luxury Accommodation and induction to the category’s Hall of Fame.

TAFE Queensland Brisbane was one more local champion, winning gold for Tourism Education and Training.

The 30th anniversary of the awards presentation recognised local industry contributors over 32 award categories, hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC).

Altogether, Brisbane tourism operators were recognised with 17 accolades.

“The Queensland Tourism Awards give businesses and individuals an opportunity to take pride in their contributions to the industry, raise the standard of quality tourism experiences throughout the state and strive for ongoing improvements to achieve our tourism goals,” said QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind.

“Since 1985, the Queensland Tourism Awards have served to highlight tourism’s powerful role in driving Queensland’s economic and community development.”

Queensland’s iconic XXXX Brewery won the tourism in wineries, distilleries and breweries award.

Woodford Folk Festival won the major festivals and events award, pushing Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art into second place for its popular exhibition ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’.

Jann Stuckey, the Minister for Tourism, said the awards are a benchmark for industry excellence.

“Operators who strive to find something extra, and give tourists an experience they will never forget should be congratulated,” she said.

Gold winners from the business categories will gain automatic entry into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in April next year.

The tourism industry employs over 235,000 Queenslanders.

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