Tourism shines at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Paul Hogan and Margot Robbie in the new Tourism Australia campaign

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Over 700 tourism industry representatives celebrated the best-of- the-best on Friday night at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held at the new Optus Stadium in Perth.

The awards, which showcase the best in outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence, were presented in front of industry peers and officials from across Australia.

Australian Tourism Awards chair, Daniel Gschwind, said that the calibre of finalists in this year’s awards was exceptional and the operators should be applauded for their dedication to providing quality tourism experiences: “Tonight, we celebrate leading businesses whose hard work, innovation and commitment to quality continue help to drive our industry as a leading contributor to jobs and economic growth across Australia.”

Minister for trade, tourism and investment Steven Ciobo said the awards were a great showcase of the skill within the industry. “I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners. These prestigious awards provide a wonderful opportunity to shine the spotlight on Australia’s tourism industry and those operators and businesses who make such an important contribution to the record level of growth that our industry is currently enjoying.”

Among the 26 winners was Paul Hogan, awarded the status of Australian Tourism Legend in recognition for his role in attracting international visitors to Australia, most notably in the North American market. The Come and Say G’Day campaign, fronted by Hogan, opened Australia to a broader international audience and the line “I’ll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you” has been immortalised in tourism folklore.

“I’d also like to recognise Paul Hogan who has done so much for our industry and so richly deserves the tourism legend award bestowed upon him. The timing couldn’t be more perfect either, with the recent launch of Tourism Australia’s “Dundee” campaign drawing so much inspiration from the iconic film in which he starred,” Minister Ciobo added.

Notably, two businesses were inducted into the Hall of Fame with the Tasmanian Walking Company and BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park taking out top honours for Ecotourism and Caravan and Holiday Parks respectively.

The awards are supported by industry and government partners, particularly naming rights sponsor Qantas, as well as Tourism Australia, Tourism Western Australia and Optus Stadium.

“It is with the support of industry that we are able to recognise and celebrate these outstanding businesses tonight, and look towards a strong future for the industry built on partnerships,” said Mr Gschwind.

1. Major Tourist Attractions
GOLD – NT Kakadu National Park
SILVER – VIC Sovereign Hill
BRONZE – NSW The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney


2. Tourist Attractions
GOLD – ACT Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
SILVER – SA Calypso Star Charters
BRONZE – NSW Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest

3. Major Festivals and Events
GOLD – QLD Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers
SILVER – NSW The 28th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017
BRONZE – SA Santos Tour Down Under

4. Festivals and Events
GOLD – VIC Riverboats Music Festival
SILVER – QLD Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo
BRONZE – TAS The Unconformity

5. Ecotourism
GOLD – TAS Tasmanian Walking Company
SILVER – SA Murray River Walk
BRONZE – QLD Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

6. Cultural Tourism
GOLD – WA Fremantle Prison
SILVER – TAS Port Arthur Historic Site
BRONZE – NT Venture North Australia

7. Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism
GOLD – NSW Sand Dune Adventures
SILVER – WA Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
BRONZE – NT Nitmiluk Tours

8. Specialised Tourism Services
GOLD – VIC Parks Victoria
SILVER – TAS RiverFly 1864
BRONZE – WA Sightseeing Pass Australia

9. Visitor Information Services
GOLD – WA Swan Valley Visitor Centre
SILVER – NT Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre
BRONZE – NSW Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

10. Business Event Venues
GOLD – SA Adelaide Hills Convention Centre
SILVER – VIC Holmesglen at Eildon
BRONZE – WA Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

11. Major Tour and Transport Operators
GOLD – QLD Ocean Rafting
SILVER – WA Aviair

12. Tour and Transport  Operators
GOLD – TAS The Maria Island Walk
SILVER – QLD Fun Over Fifty
BRONZE – VIC Autopia Tours – Small Group Experiences

13. Adventure Tourism
GOLD – WA Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
SILVER – TAS Roaring 40s Kayaking
BRONZE – SA Calypso Star Charters

14. Destination Marketing
GOLD – WA The Epic Pilbara – Australia’s North West
SILVER – ACT Pie Time – Southern Highlands
BRONZE – NSW Mudgee Region Tourism – Let’s Skip Town Together Campaign

15. Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
GOLD – VIC Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
SILVER – NSW Margan Winery &Restaurant
BRONZE – TAS Altitude Restaurant + Lounge Bar

16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
GOLD 518 WA Sandalford Wines
SILVER 1192 VIC Bright Brewery
BRONZE 413 NSW Cupitt

17. Caravan &Holiday Parks
GOLD 1253 NSW BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park
SILVER 311 WA RAC Cervantes Holiday Park
BRONZE 492 QLD BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
18. Hosted Accommodation
GOLD 481 WA The Beach House at Bayside
SILVER 421 QLD Cobbold Village
BRONZE 89 SA Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat

19. Unique Accommodation
GOLD – WA Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures – The Horizontal Hotel
SILVER – QLD Cumberland Charter Yachts
BRONZE – TAS Pumphouse Point

20. Self Contained Accommodation
GOLD – SA The Frames
SILVER – TAS Avalon Coastal Retreat
BRONZE – QLD RACV Noosa Resort

21. Standard Accommodation
GOLD – QLD Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
SILVER – NSW Moama on Murray Resort
BRONZE – SA Marree Hotel

22. Deluxe Accommodation
GOLD – NT Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
SILVER – SA Yondah Beach House
BRONZE – TAS The Henry Jones Art Hotel

23. Luxury Accommodation
GOLD – TAS Saffire-Freycinet
SILVER – NT Cicada Lodge
BRONZE – ACT Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel

24. New Tourism Business
GOLD – WA Swan River Seaplanes
SILVER – TAS MACq 01 Hotel
BRONZE – VIC Arthurs Seat Eagle

25. Excellence in Food Tourism
GOLD – NSW Margan Winery & Restaurant
SILVER – WA Two Feet & a Heartbeat
BRONZE – SA Barossa Valley Cheese Company

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