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All the winners from the Qantas Tourism Awards


The best of the best in Aussie tourism have been recognised at the 2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards as the industry looks to push through a turbulent start to the year.

The awards, which honour businesses and operations that offer quality tourism products and experiences, are the premier event for the industry, with over 800 representatives from across Australia in attendance.

 

According to the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC), whose Quality Tourism Framework determines Quality Tourism Accredited Businesses as well as Sustainable Tourism Accredited Businesses and Star Ratings, three quarters (75%) of award winners held Quality Tourism Accreditation. 

 
Port Arthur, Tasmania

   

Australian Tourism Awards Chair Daniel Gschwind said the awards celebrated operators who lead the way and are committed to quality and professionalism in every aspect of what they do. 

  

“These businesses are continuously reviewing, planning, developing and fine-tuning their products and services to improve the overall customer experience,” he remarked. 

 

“Their efforts are supported and validated through the Quality Tourism Framework and position them well to take out the top honours.” 

 

Fifty of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners were also Sustainable Tourism Accredited Businesses. 

 

“The Quality Tourism Framework both supports a business in their efforts for success, but also ensures the wider community can be confident when making their travel choices by showcasing reliable, quality tourism products’ and services through the Quality Tourism Accredited Business brandmark,” ATIC CEO Evan Hall said. 

 

Balingup, WA

 

Among the major Gold Medal winners on the evening were Port Arthur Historic Site (TAS, Major Tourist Attraction), Groundwater Country Music Festival (QLD, Festivals and Events), The Maria Island Walk (TAS, Ecotourism), Venture North Australia (NT, Cutural Tourism), Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (QLD, Business Events Venues), Red Cat Adventures (QLD, Major Tour and Transport Operators), Roaring 40s Kayaking (TAS, Adventure Tourism), Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast (TAS, Hosted Accommodation), Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages (WA, Self-Contained Accommodation), Cicada Lodge at Nitmiluk Gorge (NT, Luxury Accommodation), IBIS Styles Hobart (TAS, Standard Accommodation) and Habitat Noosa (QLD, New Tourism Business).

 

Here’s the full list of winners:

 

Australian Tourism Legend

John Morse AM

Major Tourist Attractions

  • GOLD – Port Arthur Historic Site – TAS
  • SILVER – The Australian Reptile Park – NSW
  • BRONZE – Nitmiluk National Park – NT

Tourist Attractions

  • GOLD – Calypso Star Charters – SA
  • SILVER – Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure – WA
  • BRONZE – Cobbold Gorge – QLD

Major Festivals and Events 

  • GOLD – MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019 – TAS
  • SILVER – Tesselaar Tulip Festival – VIC
  • BRONZE – Rome City + Empire at the National Museum of Australia – ACT

Festivals and Events 

  • GOLD – Groundwater Country Music Festival – QLD
  • SILVER – The Unconformity – TAS
  • BRONZE – Grazing Down the Lachlan – NSW

Ecotourism

  • GOLD – The Maria Island Walk – TAS
  • SILVER – Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort – QLD
  • BRONZE – Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park – VIC

Cultural Tourism

  • GOLD – Venture North Australia – NT
  • SILVER – Hadley’s Orient Hotel – TAS
  • BRONZE – Royal Australian Mint – ACT

Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

  • GOLD – Nitmiluk Tours and Cicada Lodge – NT
  • SILVER – Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences – WA
  • BRONZE – Rainforestation Nature Park – Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience – QLD

Specialised Tourism Services

  • GOLD – Blue Ginger Picnics – NSW
  • SILVER – Launceston Airport – TAS
  • BRONZE – Small World Journeys – QLD

Visitor Information Services 

  • GOLD – Swan Valley Visitor Centre – WA – Hall of Fame
  • SILVER – Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre – TAS
  • BRONZE – Canberra and Region Visitor Centre – ACT

Business Event Venues

  • GOLD – Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre – QLD
  • SILVER – Adelaide Hill Convention Centre – SA
  • BRONZE – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region – WA

Major Tour and Transport Operators

  • GOLD – Red Cat Adventures – QLD
  • SILVER – SkyBus – VIC
  • BRONZE – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys – TAS

Tour and Transport Operators

  • GOLD – Kimberley Quest – WA
  • SILVER – Gordon River Cruises – TAS
  • BRONZE – Tasman Venture – QLD

Adventure Tourism

  • GOLD – Roaring 40s Kayaking – TAS
  • SILVER – Red Cat Adventures – QLD
  • BRONZE – Adventure Bay Charters – SA

Destination Marketing

  • GOLD – Bendigo Tourism Tudors to Windsors Campaign – VIC
  • SILVER – Orange360: Extend the weekend campaign – NSW
  • BRONZE – Mona Foma – Air Mofo – TAS

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services 

  • GOLD – Nitmiluk’s Cicada Lodge Restaurant – NT
  • SILVER – The Tasting Room at Mayura Station – SA
  • BRONZE – The River Deck – NSW

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries 

  • GOLD – Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience – QLD
  • SILVER – Bangor Vineyard Shed – TAS
  • BRONZE – Bright Brewery – VIC

Caravan and Holiday Parks

  • GOLD – BIG4 Hahndorf Resort – SA
  • SILVER – Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut – QLD
  • BRONZE – NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park – NSW

Hosted Accommodation

  • GOLD – Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast – TAS
  • SILVER – Heytesbury House – VIC
  • BRONZE – Holberry House – WA

Unique Accommodation

  • GOLD – Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure – The Horizontal Hotel – WA – Hall of Fame
  • SILVER – Sierra Escape – NSW
  • BRONZE – Jamala Wildlife Lodge – ACT

Self Contained Accommodation

  • GOLD – Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages – WA
  • SILVER – Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate – VIC
  • BRONZE – Avalon Coastal Retreat – TAS

Standard Accommodation

  • GOLD – IBIS Styles Hobart – TAS
  • SILVER – Leumeah Lodge – ACT
  • BRONZE – Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville – QLD

Deluxe Accommodation

  • GOLD – MACq 01 Hotel – TAS
  • SILVER – Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains – NSW
  • BRONZE – Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters – NT

Luxury Accommodation

  • GOLD – Cicada Lodge at Nitmiluk Gorge – NT
  • SILVER – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region – WA
  • BRONZE – Alkina Lodge – VIC

New Tourism Business

  • GOLD – Habitat Noosa – QLD
  • SILVER – Stillwater SEVEN – Stillwater Restaurant and Seven Room – TAS
  • BRONZE – Seppeltsfield Road Distillers – SA

Excellence in Food Tourism

  • GOLD – Two Feet & a Heartbeat – WA
  • SILVER – Sarina Sugar Shed – QLD
  • BRONZE – Margan Wines & Restaurant – NSW

 

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 9 March 2020


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