The Qantas National Tourism Awards where held at the Cairns Convention Centre, Friday 2 March, where the best of the best in National tourism gathered to celebrate Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners.
Of the 26 Gold Awards on offer, in categories of accommodation, restaurants, wineries, adventure tourism, tour operators, events and attractions, 18 regional operators, were awarded excellence in their individual fields.
A further 75% of all silver and bronze awards where awarded to regional operators, highlighting the significance of regional tourism and the strength of regions to remain sustainable and resistant in a slow domestic market.
This outstanding result demonstrates the importance of regional tourism to the national tourism offering and their ability to contribute to regional economies through employment of around half a million Australians, nationally.
Congratulations to the following regional Australian Tourism Award winners...
New Tourist Development - MONA
Tourist Attractions - The Magic of Jenolan
Heritage & Cultural Tourism - Jenolan Caves - Written in Stone
Indigenous Tourism - Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery
Specialised Tourism Services - Newcastle Airport
Ecotourism - Moonraker Dolphin Swims
Visitor Information & Services - Bendigo Visitor Centre
Major Tour/Transport Operator - Fantasea Adventure Cruising
Tour/Transport Operator - Tri State Safaris
Adventure Tourism - The Maria Island Walk
Tourism Marketing - Pure Tasmania
Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services - Jacob's Restaurant & Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Boutique Breweries - Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre
Tourist & Caravan Park - Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park
Hosted Accommodation - Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage
Unique Accommodation - Eco Beach Wilderness Resort
Standard Accommodation - Scone Motor Inn
Luxury Accommodation - Saffire-Freycinet