Victoria has taken out a total of 16 titles in the prestigious Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, highlighting the talent of the State that is renowned for its diversity of tourism offerings.
The 27th Qantas Australian Tourism Awards were held by the National Tourism Alliance (NTA) in Cairns on 2 March 2012 to recognise tourism businesses that strive for excellence in every area of their operation. Winners were announced from 27 categories in three tiers – gold, silver and bronze, covering the many sectors and tourism experiences the industry provides.
Highlights of the awards event included Victorian Gold winners, the Melbourne Museum who won the top award for Major Tourism Attractions, the Bendigo Visitor Centre who took out the gong for Visitor Information and Services, and Moonraker Dolphin Swims who received honours for their commitment to ecotourism services.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Chief Executive, Dianne Smith, attended the event and says the awards offer recognition to those tourism providers that showcase Victoria’s unique attributes as a tourist destination.
“Victoria has a range of diverse tourism offerings and for our tourism providers to be able to showcase their contribution to this at such a prestigious event is wonderful,” says Ms Smith.
“We congratulate all winners, and particularly thank our Victorian winners for their outstanding contribution to our successful tourism industry.”
Other winners from the event included silver winners the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau for Meetings and Business Tourism, the South West Institute of TAFE for Tourism Education and Training, and The Enchanted Maze Garden for New Tourism Development.
Amongst the Bronze winners were Mornington Peninsula Tourism (Specialised Tourism Services), BIG4 Beacon Resort (Tourist and Caravan Parks), Habitat HQ (Backpacker Accommodation), Crown Metropol (Luxury Accommodation), the Melbourne Fringe Festival (Major Festivals and Events), 12 Apostles Helicopters (Tour and/or Transport Operators), Max’s at Red Hill Estate (Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services), Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove (Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries), Big Blue Backyard (Hosted Accommodation), and Blue Moon Cottages (Standard Accommodation).