Quality Visitor Experiences leading the way at the 2023 Qantas Australian Tourism

Signature Media among sponsors of the annual event

Over 88% of businesses awarded at the 2023 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are Quality Tourism Accredited Businesses, demonstrating the vital role of accreditation in supporting businesses to deliver quality tourism experiences.

57 of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners also held Sustainable Tourism Accreditation, meeting the higher business standards of environmental management and sustainable tourism operations. This strong representation of Quality Tourism and Sustainable Tourism accredited businesses was a true testament to the incredible outcomes possible for businesses that achieve accreditation through the Quality Tourism Framework suite of programs.

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“These businesses are continuously developing their products and services to provide exceptional visitor experience. This has positioned them well to take out top honours and continue to develop and grow their business further,” said Erin McLeod, CEO, Australian Tourism Industry Council.

“The Quality Tourism Framework not only supports businesses in their efforts for success, but also provides the wider community with peace of mind and confidence when making their travel choices by highlighting reliable, quality tourism products and services through the Quality Tourism Accredited Business brandmark,” explains McLeod.

The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards recognise and celebrate businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to quality tourism products and experiences. It is the pinnacle event for the tourism industry, with close to 700 representatives from across Australia coming together to celebrate.

“The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s most prestigious awards which showcases innovation and business excellence,” said Shaun de Bruyn, Chairperson, Australian Tourism Awards.

“There was an exceptional level of competition across all categories which demonstrates the dedication tourism operators have to developing extraordinary visitor experiences,” he said.

During the 2023 awards gala, it was the announced Adelaide, South Australia would be the Host Destination for the 2024 Australian Tourism Awards.

The 2023 awards were supported by returning naming rights sponsor, Qantas, as well as Platinum Sponsor, Tourism Australia, and Host Partners, the Northern Territory Government and Tourism NT. The awards were also supported by numerous Partners and Sponsors including GetAboutAble, the Big Red Group, Darwin Convention Centre, the Airport Development Group and Signature Media.

The list of National winners were:

5 Star Luxury Accommodation – Sponsored by Signature Media
GOLD – The Reef House Boutique Hotel and Spa | Adults Tropical Escapes QLD
SILVER – Chocolate Gannets VIC
BRONZE – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort WA

4 – 4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation
GOLD – Beach Huts Middleton SA
SILVER – Ship Inn Stanley TAS
BRONZE – Cape York Peninsula Lodge QLD

3 – 3.5 Star Accommodation
GOLD – Urban Camp Melbourne VIC
SILVER – ibis Adelaide SA
BRONZE – Magnums Accommodation Airlie Beach QLD

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Experience
GOLD – wukalina Walk TAS
SILVER – Cape York Peninsula Lodge QLD
BRONZE – Ngurrangga Tours WA

Ecotourism
GOLD – Fun Over 50 Holidays – Immersive Tours and Adventures QLD
SILVER – Sydney by Kayak NSW
BRONZE – National Arboretum Canberra CBR

Self Contained Accommodation
GOLD – The Woods Ocean Grove VIC
SILVER – Tree Chalets WA
BRONZE – The Granary | Richmond Hill TAS

Unique Accommodation
GOLD – Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm WA
SILVER – Jamala Wildlife Lodge CBR
BRONZE – Woodhouse Adventure Park SA

Hosted Accommodation
GOLD – The Dragonfly Inn TAS
SILVER – Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat QLD
BRONZE – Kangaroo Ridge Retreat VIC

Caravan & Holiday Parks
GOLD – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort QLD
SILVER – Alivio Tourist Park Canberra CBR
BRONZE – NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park VIC

Tourism Marketing & Campaigns
GOLD – The Tweed Tourism Company NSW
SILVER – Rockhampton Regional Council – Explore Rockhampton QLD
BRONZE – BIG Reasons to visit Mandurah – Visit Mandurah WA

New Tourism Business
GOLD – On Board TAS
SILVER – Nexus Airlines WA
BRONZE – Port River Cruises SA

Visitor Information Services
GOLD – Canberra and Region Visitors Centre CBR
SILVER – Mandurah Visitor Centre WA
BRONZE – Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre SA

Business Event Venues
GOLD – Darwin Convention Centre NT
SILVER – Peppers Silo Hotel TAS
BRONZE – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort WA

Tour & Transport Operators
GOLD – Air Adventure Golf TAS
SILVER – Swan River Seaplanes WA
BRONZE – NT Bird Specialists Birding & Photographic Safaris NT

Major Tour & Transport Operators
GOLD – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys TAS
SILVER – Ocean Rafting QLD
BRONZE – Searoad Ferries VIC

Adventure Tourism
GOLD – Ocean Rafting QLD
SILVER – Bendleby Ranges SA
BRONZE – Balloon Aloft Australia NSW

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services
GOLD – Grain of the Silos TAS
SILVER – Potager NSW
BRONZE – CORE Cider House WA

Tourism Retail, Hire and Services
GOLD – Origins Market WA
SILVER – The Museum Shop at the National Museum of Australia CBR
BRONZE – Go Adventure Nagambie VIC

Excellence in Accessible Tourism
GOLD – Adelaide Fringe SA
SILVER – Accessible Accommodation VIC
BRONZE – Katherine Outback Experience NT

Excellence in Food Tourism
GOLD – Love Lord Howe NSW
SILVER – The Truffle Farm – Home of Australia’s first black Truffle TAS
BRONZE – Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market SA

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries
GOLD – Bangor Vineyard Shed TAS
SILVER – Seppeltsfield Wines SA
BRONZE – Billson’s Brewery VIC

Cultural Tourism
GOLD – Royal Australian Mint CBR
SILVER – Fun Over 50 Holidays – Immersive Tours and Adventures QLD
BRONZE – Geelong Gallery VIC

Tourist Attractions
GOLD – Katherine Outback Experience NT
SILVER – Bundaberg Rum Distillery Visitor Experience QLD
BRONZE – d’Arenberg SA

Major Tourist Attractions
GOLD – Australian Reptile Park NSW
SILVER – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary QLD
BRONZE – Zoos Victoria – Melbourne Zoo VIC

Festivals and Events
GOLD – National Capital Authority – Lights on the Lake CBR
SILVER – 2023 Ord Valley Muster WA
BRONZE – Tumbafest Inc NSW

Major Festivals and Events
GOLD – Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers QLD
SILVER – Tesselaar KaBloom VIC
BRONZE – Darwin Festival NT

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