Region's Finest Celebrated at Tourism Awards

Tourism operators from across The Mackay Region were the toast of the town Friday night at the 2019 Mackay Region Tourism Awards, hosted and sponsored by the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC).

Tourism’s night of nights attracted 110 attendees, including tourism operators, dignitaries, stakeholders, Mayor of Mackay Regional Council Cr. Greg Williamson and Mayor of Isaac Regional Council Cr. Anne Baker.

Celebrating an incredibly successful twelve months for tourism in The Mackay Region, with new records for visitor numbers and overnight expenditure, was a key theme for the night.

The greatest applause, however, went to the 15 award winners who together represented the outstanding accomplishments of tourism businesses and individuals from across The Mackay Region.

Gold winners included Inshore Fishing Mackay, Ibis Mackay, Sarina Sugar Shed, St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend, Rydges Mackay Suites and Hay Point Country Bed and Breakfast.

The Old Station Teahouse, meanwhile, collected gold for Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services, and in doing so were awarded Hall of Fame status.

Individual award winners were Young Achiever Award receipt Amanda Pelagalli, Chairman’s Award winner Paul Kelly, whilst Comfort Resort Blue Pacific Owner and Mackay Tourism Deputy Chair Nick uit den Bogaard was recognised with Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.

Congratulating each of the winners was Mackay Tourism General Manager Tas Webber.

“The Mackay Region Tourism Awards exist to recognise the commitment to tourism excellence and celebrate the exceptional achievements of tourism businesses and individuals throughout the region,” he said.

“It is the dedication of businesses and individuals like those we have recognised tonight, that has enabled tourism to firmly establish itself as a key economic pillar to The Mackay Region’s economy, contributing millions of dollars in investment and creating thousands of jobs,” Mr Webber explained.


2019 Mackay Region Tourism Award Winners

Tourist Attraction - Gold

Inshore Fishing Mackay

Excellence in Food Tourism - Gold

Freckle Farm


Greater Whitsunday Network

Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services - Gold

The Old Station Teahouse

Standard Accommodation - Gold

Ibis Mackay


Comfort Blue Pacific Resort

Caravan and Holiday Parks - Silver

Sarina Palms Holiday Village

Young Achiever Award

Amanda Pelagalli

Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group

Sarina Sugar Shed

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

Nick uit den Bogaard

Festivals and Events - Gold

St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend - Nominated by Isaac Regional Council


Mackay Festival of Arts - Nominated by Mackay Regional Council

Deluxe Accommodation - Gold

Rydges Mackay Suites

Hosted Accommodation - Gold

Hay Point Country Bed and Breakfast

2019 Hall of Fame - Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services

The Old Station Teahouse

Chairman’s Award

Paul Kelly



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Published: 27 September 2019 

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