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‘Best of the best’ named at Australian Tourism Awards

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As inbound, and especially domestic travel continues to boom, Australia’s top tourism operators have been recognised at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. 


Held at Launceston’s Cataract Gorge with 800 industry peers in attendance, the awards honoured those who have stood out for their innovative product, commitment to quality experiences and customer service. 


The Irwin Family


Notably, four operators were inducted into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame for winning their categories three years straight. They were Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (QLD) for Major Festivals and Events, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures (WA) for Adventure Tourism, The Beach House and Bayside (WA) for Hosted Accommodation and The Frames Luxury Accommodation (SA) for Deluxe Accommodation. 


Meanwhile, familiar faces, the Irwin family was awarded the title of Australian Tourism Legend for contribution to local tourism and the environment. 


Australian Tourism Awards chair Daniel Gschwind called the winners the “best of the best, with a lot of strong competition across all categories”.


“Those that have taken home the trophy have been honoured for their hard work, innovation and commitment to quality which contributes to the ongoing success of our $55.3 billion tourism industry,” he remarked. 


“It is businesses like these that drive the growing contribution that tourism makes to the economy and communities right across Australia.” 


As well as congratulating this year’s winners, Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan made special note of “the many other unsung heroes around Australia, who contribute to making our country the world-class destination it continues to be”.


Quality Tourism Accredited Businesses took home the top honours from 20 of the 25 categories at the awards.



Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 4 March 2019

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