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
|Adventure Tourism||Ocean Rafting|
|Caravan & Holiday Parks||BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort|
|Ecotourism||Bell Tents Whitsundays|
|Excellence in Accessible Tourism||BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort|
|Festivals and Events||Great Barrier Reef Festival|
|Major Tour & Transport Operators||Ocean Rafting|
|New Tourism Business||Driftwood Tours|
|Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group||Bowen Tourism and Business|
|Self-Contained Accommodation||Pinnacles Airlie Beach|
|Tourism Retail, Hire & Services||Whitsunday Coast Airport|
|Tour & Transport Operators||Iconic Whitsunday Adventures|
|Unique Accommodation||Cruise Whitsundays|
|Visitor Information Services||Bowen Tourism and Business|
|5 Star Luxury Accommodation||InterContinental Hayman Island Resort|
|4-4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation||Mirage Whitsundays|
|3 – 3.5 Star Accommodation||Magnums Accommodation Airlie Beach|
|Best of Queensland – Accommodation||Elysian Retreat|
|Best of Queensland – Dining||Three Little Birds Espresso|
|Best of Queensland – Experience||Portland Roads|
|Bob Porter Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual||Craig Turner|
|Young Achiever Award||James Unsworth|
|Award for Excellence in Customer Service by an Individual or Business||Three Little Birds Espresso|
|Award for Most Outstanding Whitsundays Booking Service||Magnums Accommodation Airlie Beach|
|Award for Most Outstanding Whitsundays Hospitality Venue||Three Little Birds Espresso|
|Award for Most Outstanding Whitsundays Retailer||Airlie Health Hub|
|Award for Most Outstanding Whitsundays Services Provider||Shiift|
|Bowen Business of the Year||Birds Fish Bar – Bowen Fishermans Seafood|
|Collinsville Business of the Year||Pit Pony Tavern|
|Proserpine Business of the Year||Whitsunday Creatives|
|Whitsundays Business of the Year||Magnums Accommodation Airlie Beach|
|Business Legacy Achievement Award||Allan Milostic|
|People’s Choice Award – Accommodation||BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort|
|People’s Choice Award – Experience||Ocean Rafting|
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.