Victoria has taken out 16 titles in the prestigious Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, highlighting the talent and diversity within our impressive tourism sector.
The 27th Qantas Australian Tourism Awards were presented by the National Tourism Alliance (NTA) in Cairns on 2 March to recognise tourism businesses that strive for excellence in every area of their operation. Gold, silver and bronze winners were announced in 27 categories covering the many sectors and tourism experiences the industry provides.
Highlights of the event included the Melbourne Museum winning the top award for Major Tourism Attractions, the Bendigo Visitor Centre taking the gold gong for Visitor Information and Services, and Moonraker Dolphin Swims receiving top honours for its commitment to ecotourism services.
VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith, who attended the event, 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,” she says.
“We congratulate all winners, and particularly thank our Victorian winners for their outstanding contribution to our successful tourism industry.”
Other honourees at 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.
Among 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).
Next year’s ceremony will be held in Hobart at a gala event on Friday 13 February. A pre-dinner function will be held at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), before a gala dinner in the Princes Wharf Shed on the Hobart waterfront.