Brisbane was in the spotlight at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, with gold being rained over local businesses.

Giovanna and Paul Shakhovskov who operate the Escape Hunt experience in West End cracked the code to winning first place for the Young Achievers Award, hardly containing their excitement on the evening.

Also taking home gold for the Specialised Tourism Services award was Henderson Gallery for its unique combination of art, coffee and community spirit.

Ipswich excelled this year, winning gold for both their Visitor Information Centre and the Discover Ipswich initiative qualifying them for the Richard Power Award for Destination Marketing.

The cheer and devotion of the Brisbane Greeters and Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism Events Volunteers won them gold and silver respectively under the Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group award.

Scenic Rim’s TreeTop Challenge was awarded the gold accolade for Adventure Tourism with its carefully strung ropes, bridges and suspensions among the rainforest canopies of Tamborine Mountain.

Brisbane’s Next Hotel stole gold under the Deluxe Accommodation Award, and by no lesser congratulations, Eat Street‘s new Northshore destination was highly commended as a major tourist attraction of Queensland.

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