Montville’s Narrows Escape goes for gold as awards head north

Montville’s Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat will be competing for the gold in the Australian Tourism Awards, which will be held on the Sunshine Coast for the very first time.

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) will hold its annual 2021 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, which will be held on March 18 at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre. It will be the first time the prestigious awards have been held on the Sunshine Coast.

The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards (QATA) celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses across our tourism community.

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) said following the incredible challenges operators had faced over the past two years “the QATA awards will bring the industry together once again to celebrate resilience, strength and inspiration”.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government was proud to support the awards.

“Queensland is one of the world’s great tourism destinations, and the tourism industry is critical to our economy and our economic recovery,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The event will feature with awards over 25 categories including: Australia’s best Major Attraction, best Major Event or Festival, Cultural Tourism, Hosted Accommodation and Excellence in Food Tourism among others.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said securing the awards was a significant coup, a joint partnership of Sunshine Coast Council, Visit Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Airport.

“Hosting these prestigious awards for the first time will be a great opportunity to showcase both our region and our ability to host a premium national quality industry events like this one,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity to show off the Sunshine Coast which was recently crowned the most loved destination in the world, in all its glory – all of our amazing tourist attractions, the businesses, the beautiful local produce from across the region and the people within our community.

“And my best wishes to Montville’s Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat who will be competing for gold in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.”