Sunshine Coast gears up for Queensland Tourism Awards

Leading tourism operators from across Queensland are descending on the Sunshine Coast this week for the largest tourism industry gathering in the state.

For the first time, the Sunshine Coast will host three of the leading Queensland industry tourism events in the same week, starting today with the Indigenous tourism event Destination IQ and culminating in the Queensland Tourism Awards on Friday night.

The events are all being staged at the new Sunshine Coast Convention Centre and Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort and are expected to attract more than 900 delegates across the three days.

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said hosting the sold-out events on the Sunshine Coast was a massive coup for the region.

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada CEO and President Keith Henry, Biral Tours Owner Kabi Kabi Elder Tais K’Reala Randanpi, Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford and Queensland Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind at Destination IQ.

“We are incredibly excited to roll out the red carpet for Queensland’s tourism industry,” he said.

“Hosting these events is an opportunity to showcase to the rest of the state the quality and diversity of product we have to offer, which we believe elevates our region’s status to one of Australia’s leading tourism and business events destinations.

“The $100 million acquisition of Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort by the Shakespeare Property Group last year was an incredible vote of confidence for our region, and the launch of the $10 million Sunshine Coast Convention Centre earlier this year has dramatically increased our capability to host conferences and business events.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said it was great to have a destination like Sunshine Coast to come together for the purpose of Indigenous tourism.

“We have a great assembly from across the state to not only enjoy this great destination but to engage in genuine discussion and engagement for the future of how we can develop this great state with an Indigenous perspective,” he said.