Narrows Escape Retreat proud to represent hinterland at awards

Sunshine Coast-based tourism operator Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat will be competing with the nation’s best tourism operators at the Qantas Australian Tourism Award to be held later this month.

More than 700 tourism operators and guests will gather at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre on 18 March to see if the region’s finest visitor experiences are crowned the best in the country.

Owner of Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, Xochi Lindholm, said: “We are incredibly excited to be a finalist for the Australian Tourism Awards and even prouder that the event is being held in our beautiful region for the first time ever.”

“We are very excited to welcome other tourism operators from around Australia to experience the magic of the Sunshine Coast. It will be a spectacular event.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Chief Executive and Australian Tourism Awards Chair Daniel Gschwind said that the Sunshine Coast is a perfect example of the quality and professionalism of state operators.

“It is a great honour to have so many Queensland businesses represented on the national stage. Each of our state finalists should be incredibly proud of their achievements,” he said.

“Many of these tourism operators have faced uncertainty and tremendous difficulties over the past two years. Yet, despite the tough times, they’ve shown incredible resilience and a steadfast commitment to delivering world-class visitor experiences. 

Queensland has 21 finalists competing in the national Awards. 

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Awards’ strong Queensland representation demonstrated commitment to recovery.

“In the last two years, resilient Queensland tourism operators have found opportunities to build back better”, Mr Hinchliffe said.

More information on the event is available here: