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Victorian businesses dominate 2015 QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards

06 /02/ 2016 Comments are Closed

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) congratulates Victoria’s tourism businesses on their outstanding performance at the 2015 QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards after securing the most gold awards of any state or territory.

“The dominance of Victorian business at the awards is further vindication of the world-class products and services our operators offer across a range of fields including events, hospitality, food and beverage, natural-based tourism and accommodation,” said VTIC Acting Chief Executive Erin Joyce.

This year Victorian businesses received more gold awards than in any other year in the past decade, taking home 10 golds from the 26 categories at the ceremony held tonight at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“Since taking over the management of the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards in 2015 we’ve supported local businesses to nominate themselves and we’re proud to see the winners at state level go on to achieve such success on the national stage,” said Ms Joyce.

VTIC congratulates the following Victorian winners:


  1. Sovereign Hill (Major Tourist Attractions)
  2. 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival (Major Festivals and Events)
  3. Fun4Kids Festival (Festivals and Events)
  4. Searoad Ferries (Major Tour and Transport Operators)
  5. Enchanted Adventure Garden and Tree Surfing (Adventure Tourism)
  6. Wine Food Farmgate (Destination Marketing)
  7. Stillwater at Crittenden (Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services)
  8. Pizzini Wines Cellar Door (Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries)
  9. Drift House (Luxury Accommodation)
  10. Green Olive at Red Hill (Excellence in Food Tourism)


  1. BIG4 Beacon Resort (Caravan and Holiday Parks)


  1. Bendigo Tramways (Cultural Tourism)
  2. Leisure Options (Specialised Tourism Services)
  3. Aquabelle Apartments (Self-contained Accommodation)

Mornington Peninsula businesses picked up six awards – the most of any Victorian region – followed by the Great Ocean Road with three award winners.

“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,” said Ms Joyce.

VTIC encourages eligible Victorian businesses to apply for the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards, which will launch at the end of this month.


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