24 November 2012
By AVA BENNY-MORRISON
TOURISM operators in regional Queensland have cleaned up in the state's industry awards, fighting back from a year of natural disasters.
More than 200 tourism operators were in the running for 30 categories at this year's Queensland Tourism Awards, which were presented in Brisbane last night.
Among the biggest award winners was the Sunshine Coast's Australia Zoo which won the major tourism attraction category.
The Warwick Visitor Information Centre received a major award recognising the volunteer group.
Tourism Whitsundays' Danielle Krista won the Young Achievers Award.
The overall winner was the Whitsundays region, which won eight awards.
The highly regarded Hamilton Island Race Week won the award for a major event and Airlie Beach's Wings Diving Adventures received the Steve Irwin Award for eco tourism.
Sunshine Coast's Garth Prowd was recognised for his individual outstanding contribution to tourism.
Mr Prowd is the founder of USM Events, responsible for the Noosa Triathlon and Noosa Jazz Festival.