Winners Of The Whitsundays Tourism Awards 2023

As someone who has been deeply entrenched in the Whitsundays tourism industry for over two decades, I can’t help but feel a tremendous sense of pride and admiration for all the remarkable businesses and individuals who were honoured at the recent Whitsundays Tourism Awards. These awards recognise excellence and celebrate the heart and soul of our region’s tourism sector. While every winner undoubtedly deserves applause, I’d like to take a moment to shine a spotlight on what I believe are the real unsung heroes of the night—the recipients of the

Best New Business was won by Cherene at Driftwood Tours.

Bob Porter Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual was won by Craig Turner

Award for Excellence in Customer Service by an Individual or Business was won by Three Little Birds Expresso.

The Business Legacy Achievement Award was won by Allan Milostic.

These awards stand out because they don’t require the resources or extensive applications that some of the larger categories demand.

They are a testament to the genuine passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment that can be found throughout our industry, regardless of its size.

So, let’s raise our glasses to these true, unbiased winners who embody the spirit of the Whitsundays and make our region shine even brighter in the world of tourism.

Congratulations to all the winners, and may your achievements continue to inspire us all. – Nath J

Whitsundays Tourism Award for best new business for Driftwood Tours
Whitsundays Tourism Awards 2023 Winners
Winners of the Whitsundays Tourism Awards 2023
Adventure TourismOcean Rafting
Caravan & Holiday ParksBIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
EcotourismBell Tents Whitsundays
Excellence in Accessible TourismBIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
Festivals and EventsGreat Barrier Reef Festival
Major Tour & Transport OperatorsOcean Rafting
New Tourism BusinessDriftwood Tours
Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer GroupBowen Tourism and Business
Self-Contained AccommodationPinnacles Airlie Beach
Tourism Retail, Hire & ServicesWhitsunday Coast Airport
Tour & Transport OperatorsIconic Whitsunday Adventures
Unique AccommodationCruise Whitsundays
Visitor Information ServicesBowen Tourism and Business
5 Star Luxury AccommodationInterContinental Hayman Island Resort
4-4.5 Star Deluxe AccommodationMirage Whitsundays
3 – 3.5 Star AccommodationMagnums Accommodation Airlie Beach
Best of Queensland – AccommodationElysian Retreat
Best of Queensland – DiningThree Little Birds Espresso
Best of Queensland – ExperiencePortland Roads
Bob Porter Award for Outstanding Contribution by an IndividualCraig Turner
Young Achiever AwardJames Unsworth
Award for Excellence in Customer Service by an Individual or BusinessThree Little Birds Espresso
Award for Most Outstanding Whitsundays Booking ServiceMagnums Accommodation Airlie Beach
Award for Most Outstanding Whitsundays Hospitality VenueThree Little Birds Espresso
Award for Most Outstanding Whitsundays RetailerAirlie Health Hub
Award for Most Outstanding Whitsundays Services ProviderShiift
Bowen Business of the YearBirds Fish Bar – Bowen Fishermans Seafood
Collinsville Business of the YearPit Pony Tavern
Proserpine Business of the YearWhitsunday Creatives
Whitsundays Business of the YearMagnums Accommodation Airlie Beach
Business Legacy Achievement AwardAllan Milostic
People’s Choice Award – AccommodationBIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
People’s Choice Award – ExperienceOcean Rafting

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Nath J

Nath J

Hi, I’m Nath J, your go-to expert for everything Whitsundays Tourism. Since 2001, I’ve been immersed in this incredible destination, accumulating 22 years of industry experience. My journey has taken me from Operations Manager at Tallarook Sail and Dive to running my own businesses like Ripple Effect Online. I’ve given workshops on direct tourism bookings and even authored an ebook, Whitsunday Islands: A Journey through Paradise.

Why trust me? I hold certifications like “Whitsundays Tourism Hero” and “Respecting First Nations Cultural Protocols in Australia,” both issued by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council. My work has garnered testimonials from tourism business around the region, praising my unique, genuine approach to tourism marketing.

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