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 July 23, 2001
Brisbane Tops State Tourism Awards

 Queensland's capital city emerged as the state's leading destination at the recently held 2001 Queensland Tourism Awards, winning eight out of the 29 awards. Brisbane scored top destination honours ahead of Tropical North Queensland who recorded seven wins and the Gold Coast with six.

The region's official tourism and convention marketing authority led the way when Brisbane Marketing took out the Tourism Associations category, making it the second win in three years for Brisbane in this category. Brisbane Marketing Chairman Mike Norris accepted the award, paying tribute to his staff and to all of the Brisbane operators who have worked together with Brisbane Marketing to promote the destination so well. "Brisbane has really come of age as a destination and it offers an outstanding experience for visitors of all types. The fact that Brisbane won more awards than any other Queensland destination is worthy recognition of the city's great achievements in recent years," Mr Norris said.

Brisbane region operators joining Brisbane Marketing on the Queensland Tourism Awards winners' podium are:

- Palace Backpackers Budget Accommodation up to 3 star
- Dress Circle Holiday Village Tourist and Caravan Parks up to 5 star
- Mount Cotton Estate Winery Tourist Development Projects
- Kedron Wavell Services Club Registered Clubs
- Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Industry Education - Private Sector
- i on Brisbane Media
- Surf Life Saving Queensland General Tourism Services

Another 16 Brisbane operators were also recognised as finalists or recipients of Yellow Pages Directions awards, taking Brisbane's total number of 2001 Queensland Tourism Award honours to 24:

- Energex Brisbane Festival 2000 Finalist (Major Festivals and Special Events)
- Riverfestival Finalist (Major Festivals and Special Events)
- Kite Fest 2000 Finalist (Significant Regional Festivals and Special Events)
- Artours Yellow Pages Direction Award (Heritage and Cultural Tourism)
- RACQ Finalist (General Tourism Services)
- Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Finalist (Meetings Industry)
- The Bardon Centre Finalist (Meetings Industry)
- Great South Pacific Express Finalist (Tour and Transport Operators - Major)
- Queensland Rail Tilt Train Finalist (Tour and Transport Operators - Major)
- Welcome Horse Riding Finalist (Adventure Tourism)
- GOANA Australian Air Safaris Yellow Pages Directions Award (Adventure Tourism)
- Gregory's 200 Kilometres Around Brisbane Guidebook and Map Finalist (Media)
- Southbank COTAH Finalist (Industry Education)
- Pier Nine Seafood Restaurant Finalist (Tourism Restaurants)
- Brisbane Marriott Hotel Finalist (Accommodation 5 Star)
- John Kilroy, Cha Cha Char Wine Bar and Grill Yellow Pages Direction Award (individual contribution to tourism and beef industries)

In another coup for Brisbane, the city's hotels also scored two of the top three spots in a survey of chief executives of 150 of Australia's largest companies. The Sheraton Brisbane Hotel & Towers ranked number two and the Stamford Plaza Brisbane ranked equal third in the survey carried out by Australia's Business Review Weekly magazine.

Brisbane's wins come at a prime time for the capital of Australia's sunshine state as it plays host to an awesome foursome of major international events in 2001.

Brisbane has already hosted the most successful Australian Tourism Exchange ever n May, and July's World Veterans' Athletics Championships attracted more than 6000 competitors from 80 countries around the world. The next major event is the Goodwill Games in August/September followed by CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) and the Commonwealth People's Festival in October to cap an amazing year for Brisbane.