Qld tourism awards cancelled for the first time in ‘painful’ decision

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind.

The Queensland Tourism Awards have been cancelled for the first time ever in their 35-year history.

Nominations for the awards opened in March and were due to close at the end of this month, with the gala ceremony set to be held in November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said the decision was “a very painful one to make”.

“The tourism awards are so important for the industry to promote and encourage business development, business improvement and business excellence,” he told The Courier Mail.

“The awards ceremony is also a really special night for tourism operators to get together and celebrate what is a really great industry.

“But the reality is that the industry has an overwhelming challenge on our hands at the moment, which is getting through this (coronavirus) crisis. It’s the sole focus of everyone.

“Hopefully, next year, the awards can come back bigger and better.”

With the timetable for an easing of restrictions being finalised, Gschwind said the focus “has shifted to getting back to business”.