Thursday, October 26, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Sequins, sass, and shiny shoes were the calling cards of success at the Hollywood-themed Whitsunday Tourism Awards held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre last Friday evening.
Over 300 tourism operators and affiliated business filled the lawns for a large-scale cocktail party, where guests could mix and mingle, and be transformed to the Hollywood of yesteryear at the stunningly decorated venue.
After canapes and cocktails, everyone was beckoned into the air-conditioned auditorium for the formal awards ceremony which celebrated excellence, and paid homage to the extraordinary contributions that the tourism sector makes to The Whitsundays region.
Afterwards, the band kicked-off with some classic tunes and the dancefloor soon filled with revellers enjoying a vibrant atmosphere of camaraderie and passion for an evening to celebrated the hard work if a dedicated industry.
Rick Hamilton, the CEO of Tourism Whitsundays, described the Whitsundays Tourism Awards as the region's most anticipated event.
“We are the most tourism-reliant region in Queensland, with 1 in 3 jobs dependant on tourism,” he explained.
“The evening’s event is a tribute to the region’s reliance on tourism, with everyone gathered to applaud their own achievements, their competitors' feats, and, most importantly, the collective triumphs of the tourism industry."