Awards recognise operators

GLADSTONE region tourism businesses will be celebrating in style tonight as the Gladstone Area Promotions and Development Limited hosts The Rock Building Society Central Queensland Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism Business Awards.

Almost 250 people will be attending the awards gala at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre which is shaping up to be a night of recognition, acknowledgement and an unforgettable gala event.

GAPDL chief executive officer Glenn Churchill said the awards were a chance for the entire region to acknowledge, recognise and reward local businesses who play a positive role in enhancing and contributing to the ever-expanding tourism industry.

“It is pleasing and exciting to have such a broad range of people coming together from Central Queensland and Queensland to recognise upstanding businesses in our region,” he said.

One of the Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Kimberley Busteed, Miss Universe Australia (2007), who furthered her career as a television presenter, highlighting Australia’s best locations. Another master will be Cooper McKenzie Marketing’s director Grant Cooper.

There will be a special appearance by award-winning band Balhalla and comedy duo Howzat.

GAPDL project officer, Kirstie Bruton said the “Best in Service” awards category, sponsored by The Observer has more than 30 entrants that have been nominated by members of the community who often visit the businesses.

“These businesses are recognised for their outstanding customer service, product knowledge and professional attitude,” she said.

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