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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOver 700 tourism industry representatives celebrated the best-of- the-best on Friday night at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held at the new Optus Stadium in Perth.The awards, which showcase the best in outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence, were presented in front of industry peers and officials from across Australia.Australian Tourism Awards chair, Daniel Gschwind, said that the calibre of finalists in this year’s awards was exceptional and the operators should be applauded for their dedication to providing quality tourism experiences: “Tonight, we celebrate leading businesses whose hard work, innovation and commitment to quality continue help to drive our industry as a leading contributor to jobs and economic growth across Australia.”Minister for trade, tourism and investment Steven Ciobo said the awards were a great showcase of the skill within the industry. “I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners. These prestigious awards provide a wonderful opportunity to shine the spotlight on Australia’s tourism industry and those operators and businesses who make such an important contribution to the record level of growth that our industry is currently enjoying.”Among the 26 winners was Paul Hogan, awarded the status of Australian Tourism Legend in recognition for his role in attracting international visitors to Australia, most notably in the North American market. The Come and Say G’Day campaign, fronted by Hogan, opened Australia to a broader international audience and the line “I’ll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you” has been immortalised in tourism folklore.“I’d also like to recognise Paul Hogan who has done so much for our industry and so richly deserves the tourism legend award bestowed upon him. The timing couldn’t be more perfect either, with the recent launch of Tourism Australia’s “Dundee” campaign drawing so much inspiration from the iconic film in which he starred,” Minister Ciobo added.Notably, two businesses were inducted into the Hall of Fame with the Tasmanian Walking Company and BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park taking out top honours for Ecotourism and Caravan and Holiday Parks respectively.The awards are supported by industry and government partners, particularly naming rights sponsor Qantas, as well as Tourism Australia, Tourism Western Australia and Optus Stadium.“It is with the support of industry that we are able to recognise and celebrate these outstanding businesses tonight, and look towards a strong future for the industry built on partnerships,” said Mr Gschwind.1. Major Tourist AttractionsGOLD – NT Kakadu National ParkSILVER – VIC Sovereign HillBRONZE – NSW The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney 2. Tourist AttractionsGOLD – ACT Questacon – The National Science and Technology CentreSILVER – SA Calypso Star ChartersBRONZE – NSW Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest3. Major Festivals and EventsGOLD – QLD Toowoomba Carnival Of FlowersSILVER – NSW The 28th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017BRONZE – SA Santos Tour Down Under4. Festivals and EventsGOLD – VIC Riverboats Music FestivalSILVER – QLD Mount Isa Mines Rotary RodeoBRONZE – TAS The Unconformity5. EcotourismGOLD – TAS Tasmanian Walking CompanySILVER – SA Murray River WalkBRONZE – QLD Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort6. Cultural TourismGOLD – WA Fremantle PrisonSILVER – TAS Port Arthur Historic SiteBRONZE – NT Venture North Australia7. Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander TourismGOLD – NSW Sand Dune AdventuresSILVER – WA Kooljaman at Cape LevequeBRONZE – NT Nitmiluk Tours8. Specialised Tourism ServicesGOLD – VIC Parks VictoriaSILVER – TAS RiverFly 1864BRONZE – WA Sightseeing Pass Australia9. Visitor Information ServicesGOLD – WA Swan Valley Visitor CentreSILVER – NT Alice Springs Visitor Information CentreBRONZE – NSW Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service10. Business Event VenuesGOLD – SA Adelaide Hills Convention CentreSILVER – VIC Holmesglen at EildonBRONZE – WA Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough11. Major Tour and Transport OperatorsGOLD – QLD Ocean RaftingSILVER – WA AviairBRONZE – VIC SkyBus12. Tour and Transport  OperatorsGOLD – TAS The Maria Island WalkSILVER – QLD Fun Over FiftyBRONZE – VIC Autopia Tours – Small Group Experiences13. Adventure TourismGOLD – WA Horizontal Falls Seaplane AdventuresSILVER – TAS Roaring 40s KayakingBRONZE – SA Calypso Star Charters14. Destination MarketingGOLD – WA The Epic Pilbara – Australia’s North WestSILVER – ACT Pie Time – Southern HighlandsBRONZE – NSW Mudgee Region Tourism – Let’s Skip Town Together Campaign15. Tourism Restaurants and Catering ServicesGOLD – VIC Royal Mail Hotel, DunkeldSILVER – NSW Margan Winery &RestaurantBRONZE – TAS Altitude Restaurant + Lounge Bar16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and BreweriesGOLD 518 WA Sandalford WinesSILVER 1192 VIC Bright BreweryBRONZE 413 NSW Cupitt17. Caravan &Holiday ParksGOLD 1253 NSW BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday ParkSILVER 311 WA RAC Cervantes Holiday ParkBRONZE 492 QLD BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort18. Hosted AccommodationGOLD 481 WA The Beach House at BaysideSILVER 421 QLD Cobbold VillageBRONZE 89 SA Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat19. Unique AccommodationGOLD – WA Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures – The Horizontal HotelSILVER – QLD Cumberland Charter YachtsBRONZE – TAS Pumphouse Point20. Self Contained AccommodationGOLD – SA The FramesSILVER – TAS Avalon Coastal RetreatBRONZE – QLD RACV Noosa Resort21. Standard AccommodationGOLD – QLD Grand Hotel and Apartments TownsvilleSILVER – NSW Moama on Murray ResortBRONZE – SA Marree Hotel22. Deluxe AccommodationGOLD – NT Crowne Plaza Alice Springs LassetersSILVER – SA Yondah Beach HouseBRONZE – TAS The Henry Jones Art Hotel23. Luxury AccommodationGOLD – TAS Saffire-FreycinetSILVER – NT Cicada LodgeBRONZE – ACT Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel24. New Tourism BusinessGOLD – WA Swan River SeaplanesSILVER – TAS MACq 01 HotelBRONZE – VIC Arthurs Seat Eagle25. Excellence in Food TourismGOLD – NSW Margan Winery & RestaurantSILVER – WA Two Feet & a HeartbeatBRONZE – SA Barossa Valley Cheese CompanyGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more