The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) congratulates the Goldfields region who flew the flag for Victoria last night, securing all Victorian golds at the 2016 QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin.
Sovereign Hill took home the Gold in the Major Tourist Attraction category for the second year running, while Bendigo Tramways stepped up from bronze at last year’s ceremony to Gold in the Cultural Tourism category.
A first time entrant of the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards, Masons of Bendigo, celebrated a Gold win in the competitive Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services category.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Brad Ostermeyer said the number of first-time entrants who had been recognised in the awards was a testament to Victoria’s booming tourism sector.
“A third of our winners were first time entrants, and the majority were from regional Victoria. This shows Victoria’s reputation for excellence in attractions and experiences continues to be recognised right across the state and we look forward to promoting this vibrant and diverse sector,” he said.
Goldfields businesses picked up 1/3rd of the total Victorian awards – the most of any Victorian region – followed by the Mornington Peninsula.
“The awards recognise the valuable contribution our operators make to the national tourism industry and it’s wonderful to see so many Victorians being acknowledged,” Mr Ostermeyer said.
VTIC congratulates the following Victorian winners:
Bendigo Tramways (Cultural Tourism)
Masons of Bendigo (Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services)
Sovereign Hill (Major Tourist Attractions)
Australian Grand Prix Corporation (Major Festivals and Events)
Green Olive at Red Hill (Excellence in Food Tourism)
SkyBus (Specialised Tourism Services)
Bendigo Art Gallery & Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe (Destination Marketing)
Pizzini Wines (Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries)
BIG4 Beacon Resort (Caravan and Holiday Parks)
Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate (Self Contained Accommodation)
Drift House (Luxury Accommodation)
The Wellness Manor (New Tourism Business)