Gold Coast Tourism chief executive officer Martin Winter (pictured) has been honoured by the international meetings industry with a prestigious IMEX Academy Award.

The distinction is presented annually to high achieving individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the global meetings, incentive, convention and exhibition sector.

Mr Winter’s accomplishment received universal acclaim from a vast international audience at the glamorous 12th Annual IMEX gala dinner held at the Sheraton Frankfurt.

Recognised for his spirited commitment as a director of ICCA, Mr Winter was humbled by the award.

“The people in this great industry are part of my extended tribe and I am very fortunate to be one of them,” he said.

“This is an unimaginable acknowledgement and I am humbled to think I should be singled out when so many others contribute with equal passion and commitment.

“I congratulate the other award winners and thank Ray Bloom and Paul Flackett from IMEX for their commitment to the industry and for making this award possible.”