Southern Stars of Tourism

Shining a Light on Hobart & Beyond

Southern Stars of Tourism brings together our industry in a celebration of all the great things being done in our region to develop and promote tourism.

There are five Star categories which recognise our industry’s commitment to innovation, excellence and leadership to deliver great visitor experiences.

Prizes are specifically selected to help winners develop themselves or their businesses further and include advertising air time and print space; content development and distribution; and leadership development opportunities. A big thank you to our prize sponsors: Southern Cross Austereo, The Mercury, Hype, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Tourism Brochure Exchange. Winners will be announced at the Southern Stars Gala Cocktail Event on Thursday, 4 April, 2019 at 6pm.

We try to make it easy to enter so we’ve created a Cheat Sheet and Checklist for all the categories which you can download HERE; or click on the “Enter here” buttons below and you will find the checklist for each category on their respective pages. You are also encouraged to call us and ask questions and get advice on how to create a great submission, so don’t be shy! We are available on 6223 5650 to help.

Nominations for the 2019 Southern Stars of Tourism will close at 8:00am on Monday, 18 March, 2019.

Please note, some people have experienced difficulty uploading their entry. If that happens to you, please wait a few minutes and try again. If still no joy, you can email your submission and all attachments to membership@southerntasmania.com.au.

Starlight (industry leadership)

This category recognises those individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ to contribute to the continuous improvement of the southern Tasmanian tourism industry. Previously, this category has been specifically aimed at recognising the contribution of volunteers in tourism, however this year, both volunteers and paid employees are eligible.

Prize package includes:

  • Participation in the Tasmanian Leaders 2019 I-LEAD Program
  • Day Registration at the 2019 DST Summit

2018 Winner: Terry Mather, Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre
Commendation: Eileen Maskrey, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Commendation: Julie Porter, Heritage Sailing Tasmania

Rising Star (age 30 and under)

This category is about recognising the work of our region’s younger industry leaders. This is an opportunity to highlight the work the nominee has done to improve the performance of a business, either back of house or on the front line, and their contribution to the regional tourism industry.

Prize package includes:

  • Participation in the Tasmanian Leaders 2019 I-LEAD Program
  • Day Registration at the 2019 DST Summit

2018 Winner: Lou Balcombe, Wild Pedder
Commendation: Kendal Garrett, Port Arthur Historic Site

Bright Star (Innovation)

This category is all about innovation and recognising the businesses which are applying innovative approaches to tourism. Submissions should focus on what the nominee is doing a bit differently than others and how they are leading by example. Innovation might be in the form of collaboration,  cooperative marketing, creative approaches to customer service, new marketing ideas, utilising digital technologies, social media, unique interpretation and original event creation.

Prize package includes:

  • Southern Cross airtime package valued at $2500
  • Southern Stars highlight on DST regional map
  • DST mentoring support for 2019 TICT Tasmanian Tourism Awards

2018 Winner: Hadley’s Orient Hotel (for the Hadley’s Art Prize)
Commendation: Tassie Bound Adventure Tours (for the establishment of Wild Island Women)

Nova (New Business)

This category is about showcasing new businesses in the south that have enhanced the visitor experience in the region. The nominee does not necessarily have to be a tourism operation; it may be a supporting service. The focus here is to show how the introduction of this business made a difference to tourism in a local area or the wider region.

Prize package includes:

  • Content production services from Hype to the value of $1000
  • Six month screening package with Tourism Brochure Exchange, valued at $1700
  • Southern Stars highlight on DST regional map
  • DST mentoring support for 2019 TICT Tasmanian Tourism Awards

2018 Winner: Woodbridge Smokehouse
Commendation: SailTas

Stardom (Brand Excellence)

Through this category we recognise operators who are supporting our core regional brand strengths of arts and culture; food and beverages; waterways; nature and wildlife; or history and heritage.  We’re looking for feedback from visitors that demonstrates the lasting memories that have been created through standards of excellence and unique experiences.

Prize package:

  • Advertising package to the value of $2500 with The Mercury
  • Southern Stars highlight on DST regional map
  • DST mentoring support for 2019 TICT Tasmanian Tourism Awards

2018 Winner: MACq 01 Hotel
Commendation: Osborne Heli Tours

Thank you to our Southern Stars partners: