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Get involved in Queensland Tourism Awards

This year the Sunshine Coast will hold the 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards for the first time in what is a massive coup for the region.

The Awards, held in November, will see the best in Queensland tourism converge at the new convention centre set to open next month at Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

Nominations for the Awards opened last week, and I encourage our local tourism industry to get involved.

It would be great to see some of our Sunshine Coast operators recognised on home soil for their excellence in the industry.

The 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards are part of a hat-trick of events being held on the Sunshine Coast this year, with the DestinationQ Forum and Indigenous Tourism Forum being held in the same week.

For more information on how you can get involved in the 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards, visit their website.


Plaza revamp a tourism drawcard

The Sunshine Plaza’s $440 million redevelopment will significantly enhance the Sunshine Coast’s tourism appeal.

While we are known for our pristine beaches and relaxed Hinterland, for many holiday makers a quality shopping experience is an integral component of their getaway.

As well as more than 100 new stores, including David Jones and a swag of international labels, the Sunshine Plaza will also be home to a high-ropes adventure course scheduled to open by mid-2019.

The course will be the first outdoor high ropes course at a major regional shopping centre in the country, and combined with Sunshine Plaza’s unique location on Cornmeal Creek just minutes from the beach, it will make Maroochydore an even more attractive destination for visitors.


Study Sunshine Coast update

Last week Study Sunshine Coast welcomed 10 students from Europe, Asia, South America and Australia to represent the region as 2019 Student Ambassadors.

The ambassador program is a fantastic way to boost the region’s profile as a study destination, with ambassadors sharing their experience through social media, blog posts and YouTube videos with prospective students and friends and family back home.

This year’s ambassadors will also participate in regular group activities – such as the new TreeTop Challenge at The Big Pineapple – to showcase all the region has to offer outside the classroom.

With the Sunshine Coast becoming an increasingly popular choice for students looking to study abroad, the ambassador program plays an important role in ensuring this upward trend continues.



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