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2023 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards

Mick and Lynda Bethel of Texas Longhorn Tours were welcomed into the Hall of Fame at 2023 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards | BDmag social images November 2023

The 2023 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards was held last week, acknowledging the incredible work of the tourism and events industry and the important role this sector plays in our local economy.

In a year of records and firsts, the People’s Choice Award categories which has grown in number to cater for the evolution of new products and experiences, has attracted more than 31,000 public votes which is a record for this event and a great show of support for the industry.

Additionally, this year Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL) welcomed their first Hall of Fame recipient with the award going to Texas Longhorn Tours who have won the Tours, Attractions and Experiences category for three-years running. Honouring their passionate contribution to the industry, Mick and Lynda Bethel from Texas Longhorn Tours were also awarded the coveted Richard Power Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual acknowledging their extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution to the local tourism and events industry.

Individual awards were also presented to the Young Achiever, going to Georgie Arnold from Townsville Helicopters; and the Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer awarded to Rini Dallavanzi from the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre

In honour of his profound contribution to the Townsville North Queensland community, and support of the regional tourism sector – the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Steve ‘Pricey’ Price who retires from his 32-year radio tenure at the end of this year, honoured with a golden mango trophy.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners of the 2023 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards.

The full list of categories and winners can be found below, along with a slideshow of images from the event.

Accomodation – Hotel
Winner: The Ville Resort-Casino
Accomodation – Motel
Winner: Kernow Charters Towers
Accomodation – Caravan & Holiday Parks
Winner: Townsville Eco Resort
Dining – Restaurant
Winner: Shorehouse
Dining – Cafe & Casual Dining
Winner: Hervey’s Range Heritage Rooms
Tours, Attractions & Experiences
Winner: Texas Longhorns Tours
Entered into Hall of Fame
Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
Winner: Townsville Brewing Co.
Business Conferencing Venue
Winner: The Ville Resort-Casino
Transport & Hire Services
Winner: SeaLink Queensland
Best Major Event
Winner: Women’s State of Origin
(Townsville 2023)
Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Best Destination Event
Winner: SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week
New Tourism Business or Experience
Winner: Pilgrim Adventures –
Pilgrim Magnetic Island
Excellence in Accessible Tourism
Winner: North Australian Festival of Arts
Excellence in Sustainability
Winner: Aquascene Magnetic Island
100% Best of Queensland Score
Big Mama Sailing
BIG4 Tasman Holiday Parks – Rowes Bay
Billabong Sanctuary
Discovery Parks – Townsville
Orpheus Island Lodge
100% Best of Queensland Score
SeaLink Queensland
Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone
The Ville Resort-Casino
Townsville Eco Resort
Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer
Winner: Rini Dallavanzi
Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre
Young Achiever Award
Winner: Georgie Arnold
Townsville Helicopters & Aviatrix Australia
Richard Power Award for
Outstanding Contribution
Winner: Mick & Lynda Bethel
Texas Longhorn Tours
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Steve ‘Pricey’ Price

Click here for the full gallery (note this link will redirect to the Townsville Enterprise Facebook page.

Main image (L-R): Mick and Lynda Bethel from Texas Longhorn Tours.

Image credits: Vetta Creative – used with permission by Townsville Enterprise Limited.

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Compiled by the BDmag editorial team


Compiled by the BDmag editorial team