WINNER: Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has been awarded with silver and bronze accolades at the 2015 annual Queensland Tourism Awards.
WINNER: Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has been awarded with silver and bronze accolades at the 2015 annual Queensland Tourism Awards. Contributed

Tourism awards glory for Lady Elliot Eco Resort

LADY Elliot Island Eco Resort has been awarded silver and bronze accolades at this year's annual Queensland Tourism Awards.

The resort was awarded a silver award in the Qantas award for excellence in the sustainable tourism category and a bronze in the Steve Irwin award for ecotourism.

More than 150 nominations were received from entrants throughout Queensland with five nominations from the Fraser Coast region.

The Australia's Nature Coast campaign, which was a joint promotion by Sunshine Coast Destination and Fraser Coast Opportunities, was awarded gold in the Richard Power award for destination marketing.

A panel of industry experts assessed written submissions and travelled through Queensland to experience the nominated businesses' services.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief Daniel Gschwind said the awards provided the opportunity to pay homage to the hardworking, dedicated individuals and organisations that had helped shape the industry.

"It's been a big year for tourism with UNESCO's decision not to list the Great Barrier Reef as an in-danger World Heritage site, stressing the importance of investing in Queensland's tourism destinations and services to demonstrate our commitment to its future," he said.

"Today, the industry employs more than 241,000 Queenslanders and is the second largest export earner for the state."

Tourism Minister Kate Jones and Queensland Airports chief Chris Mills praised the resort and other winners.

More than 80 accolades were handed out at the awards on Friday.

- APN NEWSDESK



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