Why enter?

Entering the Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Awards will help you discover the full potential of your business through the entry process requiring you to make an assessment of your progress so you are able to tell the story of your success. 

On the night, entrants, finalists and winners join the business elite from the Fraser Coast region and the opportunities for networking and relationship-building are worth far more than the price of admission. The awards also provide each business with an opportunity to publicly recognise and thank the most important ingredient to business success, people – both customers and the staff who ensure customers keep coming back.

This is your opportunity to let the world know you’re one of Fraser Coast’s best businesses.

Winners receive commemorative certificates and trophies to announce their success to current and future customers. Extensive media coverage ensures your success becomes widely known throughout the region.

A message from past winners

Being a part of the 2019 Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Awards was a great thing for our business in many ways. Winning the award for the region’s Best Retailer was of course a huge honour for us but also for our employees. It was a great way for us to recognize their efforts and celebrate our team’s success with the greater community.

The submission process itself was also a valuable way to reflect on the bigger picture of what our business stands for and what we hope to achieve in the long term. It was a chance to stop and consider the things we have accomplished, check in on our goals and think of ways we can continue to improve and grow. Things that are easy to forget about when you are caught up in the day-to-day, yet are so very important for a business that wants to keep getting better. I would certainly recommend the process to other local businesses.

Allison

World Treasure Design

The wife and self were honoured to be awarded the prestigious  John – Craig Gardiner Memorial Award  at the 2018 Fraser Coast Business & Tourism Awards in Hervey Bay.  This was in addition to the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum receiving the  Tourism Land – Based  award.  It is noticeable that since receiving these awards and the accolades that follow, there has been a significant increase in the number of visitors, including school student groups, to our museum.  We sincerely encourage other businesses to enter this annual event.

John and Else Meyers

Maryborough Military Museum

As newcomers to the Tourism Industry we thought it would be a great opportunity to participate in the Awards process to help us learn and grow our business.  The process of applying was actually a great tool for us because it gave us great a chance to see how much our business had grown over our first 12 months.  And the information was actually quite surprising – we had achieved so much more than we thought.  That in itself was enough to let us know we were doing ok.  When we got the call to say we were finalists in our category, we couldn’t believe it. 

When our business was announced as the winner for our section we were speechless.  We were already over the moon to be acknowledged as a great business in the Fraser Coast area but we certainly weren’t expecting to take home the prize.  It gave us faith to know that if you dream big enough and work hard enough anything is possible.  And it has opened so many doors to allow us to partner with other tourism operators locally, nationally and internationally.  Not bad for a chippy and an ambo with no previous business skills.

Rob & Deb

Sanctuary Lakes Hervey Bay

The Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Awards is an incredible event hosted to recognise the achievements of local businesses; Alowishus was delighted to be selected as a finalist for 2019. It is with much gratitude that Alowishus won the award for Customer ServiceRestaurant or Café and The President’s Chamber Award.

This is a fantastic opportunity to show recognition to staff not only from us, as a business, but to showcase their hard work and achievements to the community. With so many like-minded businesses focusing on building up the Fraser Coast, I strongly recommend this opportunity to anyone who is thinking of applying.

Amy Baldwin

Alowishus Delicious

Fisho’s Tackle World Hervey Bay was encouraged to enter the Retailing sector in the 2018 Fraser Coast Business and Tourism awards. As a result we won the award for Best Retailer 2018. We found the experience very humbling and rewarding and felt honoured to have been selected as Best Retailer as it made all the time and effort invested into our business all the more worthwhile. It also proves that a small independent family owned and operated business can achieve great outcomes even when faced with stiff competition from the large “box stores”.

The recognition and support from locals after the event has been excellent with many happy to see a local independent have a go and come out on top.

I would recommend other local businesses take the plunge and enter an appropriate category in the event as the experience is a worthwhile investment for your own self esteem as well as your business.

Bane Radosevic

Fisho’s Tackle World Hervey Bay.

These awards recognised the best in business so winning or just being a finalist is something our employees can value. At the end of the day, everything the business achieves is because of our employees’ commitment. We would certainly encourage other businesses to enter, recognising and celebrating one another’s success.

Katie Fowden

Hyne Timber Pty Ltd