Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Winners in categories 1 – 24 now go on to represent the Canberra Region at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, which will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Perth on Friday 23 February 2018

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the Awards in 2017, and good luck to those businesses heading to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards!

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2017 Canberra Region Tourism Award Winners

2017 Canberra Region Tourism Award Winners

Download the list of the 2017 Canberra Region Tourism Award Winners as a PDF

Category Organisation Award
01. Major Tourist Attractions National Gallery of Australia Winner
02. Tourist Attractions Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre Winner
02. Tourist Attractions National Arboretum Canberra – a living collection and outstanding tourist attraction Commendation
03. Major Festivals and Events National Museum of Australia – A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum exhibition Winner
04. Festivals and Events Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival Finalist
05. Ecotourism Thredbo Valley Track , Kosciuszko National Park Commendation
05. Ecotourism Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary Finalist
06. Cultural Tourism Royal Australian Mint Commendation
08. Specialised Tourism Services Canberra Centre Commendation
08. Specialised Tourism Services ExperienceAIS Winner
09. Visitor Information Services Yass Valley Information Centre Commendation
09. Visitor Information Services Canberra and Region Visitors Centre Winner
10. Business Event Venues National Convention Centre Canberra Winner
14. Destination Marketing 3infun Canberra Finalist
14. Destination Marketing ‘Pie Time’ – Southern Highlands NSW Winner
19. Unique Accommodation Jamala Wildlife Lodge Winner
21. Standard Accommodation Mercure Canberra Commendation
22. Deluxe Accommodation Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport Winner
22. Deluxe Accommodation Little National Hotel Finalist
23. Luxury Accommodation Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel Winner
24. New Tourism Business Canberra Park Commendation
27. Canberra Region Local Government Award for Tourism Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Finalist
29. Tourism Visitor Education NFSA Education Programs Winner
30. Markus Gibson-Huck Young Achiever Award Madison Groom Commendation
30. Markus Gibson-Huck Young Achiever Award Georgia Patmore Winner
32. International Ready ExperienceAIS Commendation
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Canberra and the region’s finalists take home gold and silver at National Tourism Awards

Canberra and the region’s national tourism finalists last night joined over seven-hundred
Australian tourism industry key figures in Darwin for the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards,
Friday 24th February. At this premier event, the capital’s leading tourist attractions,
experiences and services were acknowledged and celebrated by their industry peers from
across the nation.

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre took home the highest accolade –
gold – as the winner of the Tourist Attractions category. This has come after a string of
successes at the local level, and cements their place as one of the country’s leaders in
providing unparalleled tourism excellence.

As multi-award winners, Canberra Airport’s outstanding achievements were again recognised
in their silver award for Specialised Tourism Services.

After receiving bronze last year, the National Folk Festival 2016 made it a step higher to claim
silver in the Festivals and Events category.

Congratulations to these winners who are recognised for achieving excellence and innovation at the
highest level – and to all the national finalists who represented Canberra and the region. These were
the National Museum of Australia – Encounters exhibition, Royal Australian Mint, National
Convention Centre Canberra, 3inFun Tourism Marketing Partnership Program – Experience Canberra,
Jamala Wildlife Lodge, East Hotel, Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel, and Little National
Hotel.

“Simply being in the room with the best of the best is an outstanding achievement,” said Brian Weir,
Chair of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards Steering Committee.

The annual Canberra Region Tourism Awards showcase the best of our region’s tourism operators
and promote, encourage and reward tourism excellence. The Awards are produced in partnership by
the National Capital Attractions Association and VisitCanberra. They are made possible by the
support of local and national sponsors.

The full list of national award winners will be available on the Australian Tourism Awards website.
For more information on the National Capital Attractions Association, visit
http://www.nationalattractions.com.au/

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Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Winners in categories 1 – 25 now go on to represent the Canberra Region at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, which will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre on Friday 24 February 2017

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the Awards in 2016, and good luck to those businesses heading to the NT!

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Glittering line up of winners revealed at the Canberra Region Tourism Awards

Leaders of the Canberra and Region tourism industry gathered on Friday 11 November to celebrate another year of success at the annual Canberra Region Tourism Awards. Guests soaked up the breathtaking views over Canberra at the National Arboretum, while eagerly awaiting announcements of winners at the prestigious event.

Amongst the glittering line-up of winners were Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre, which won the award for the Tourist Attractions category, and the National Museum of Australia who took home the Major Festivals and Events award for their Encounters exhibition.

“Each year the Canberra region’s attractions and businesses continue to build on offering unparalleled tourism experiences and services, which is evident in the recognition of well- deserved winners in 2016,” said Craig Whelan, President of the National Capital Attractions Association.

“This is a pivotal point for Canberra’s major attractions and key businesses of the region as the city further engages broader international audiences and in doing so, heightens our reputation for tourism excellence on the international stage,” continued Mr Whelan.

One of the event’s stars was the Specialised Tourism Services winner, Canberra Airport, which is now a serious contender for the Hall of Fame at the National Awards to be held in Darwin in February. This potential win will add another feather to Canberra region’s Hall of Fame cap which currently boasts leaders in tourism excellence, the Australian War Memorial and Old Bus Depot Markets.

Jamala Wildlife Lodge won the Unique Accommodation category, and for the first time will compete at the national award level. The Royal Australian Mint collected an impressive three awards – for Cultural Tourism, Tourism Visitor Education and Visitor Experience.

Successes of 2016 also included several initiatives such as the addition of a pilot category – International Ready. The winner, Australian Sports Commission – Experience AIS, is the first to be recognised for delivering first-class international-ready tourism product in the Canberra region.

Brian Weir, Chair of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards Steering Committee commented the International Ready category has come at a critical and exciting time with international flights from Singapore and New Zealand bringing new tourism business to the city.

“We are delighted that the Canberra region is ready for such exciting, new categories which in this case acknowledge our world-class offering for international tourists,” Mr Weir said.

“Initiatives such as this and our partnership with the University of Canberra facilitating student involvement with entrants, provide opportunities to support our young, bright leaders of the future and to facilitate sector sustainability,” Mr Weir concluded.

The full list of award winners and commendations can be found on our website.

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