Tasmanian tourism was the toast of the prestigious Qantas National Tourism Awards held on 10 April 2015 in Adelaide, with operators winning 10 of the possible 29 awards.
“The Tasmanian tourism industry should be immensely proud of the success of Tasmanian operators at the 2014 National Tourism Awards, winning 10 out of the possible 29 gold awards.,” said Melinda Anderson, CEO Destination Southern Tasmania.
“This achievement is recognition that the state is punching way about its weight in terms of delivering quality tourism experiences.”
Destination Southern Tasmania is proud that nine of the 10 gold awards and 11 of 16 total awards received by Tasmanian businesses were won by its members operating across the southern region, representing city and regionally based experiences.
Gold award winners included the Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel in Hobart, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ experiences, Port Arthur Historic Site and Par Avion, with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and Port Arthur Historic Site winning multiple awards. Falls Music & Arts Festival received a silver award and Curringa Farm a bronze award.
“Southern Tasmania’s tourism strengths have been recognised including heritage and culture, eco tourism and sustainability, attractions and events, accommodation, business tourism and transport,” said Ms Anderson.
Ms Anderson paid tribute to Robert Pennnicott whose commitment to Tasmanian tourism was recognised with Tourism Legend status at the National Awards.
“It is fitting that Robert is the face for southern Tasmania in the current Tourism Tasmania Go Behind the Scenery campaign. He is a true ambassador for Tasmania and a wonderful mentor and leader for our operators to learn from and aspire to,” stated Ms Anderson.
The awards follow a strong summer seaon for Tasmanian tourism, with business confidence high.
“These awards provide encouragement, not just for the winners, that Tasmanian tourism is going in the right direction. It is important that industry and governement stakeholders continue to invest in enhancing and developing the quality of experiences on offer to ensure Tasmania maximises the benefits of this important industry to the state and its communities.”
Tasmania’s award winners include:
Major Tourist Attraction – Port Arthur Historic Site
Tourist Attractions – Bruny Island Cruises
Ecotourism – Bruny Island Cruises
Heritage and Cultural Tourism – Port Arthur Historic Site
Business Tourism – The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Major Tour and/or Transport Operators – Par Avion Wilderness Tours
Tourism Education and Training – KingThing Marketing
New Tourism Development – Tasmanian Seafood Seduction
Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Australian Tourism Legend – Robert Pennicott
Major Festivals and Events – The Falls Music & Arts Festival
Specialised Tourism Services – Launceston Airport
Deluxe Accommodation – Avalon Coastal Retreat
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries – James Boag’s Brewery
Hosted Accommodation – Curringa Farm
Luxury Accommodation – Saffire Freycinet