Categories

 

CATEGORY 1. MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

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This category recognises natural or built tourist attractions that attract amongst the highest visitor numbers during the qualifying period for Canberra and the region.

Important note: Entrants in this category cannot enter Category 2.

 

CATEGORY 2. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

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This category recognises natural or built tourist attractions that attract significant visitor numbers during the qualifying period for Canberra and the region.

Important note: Entrants in this category cannot enter Category 1.

 

CATEGORY 3. MAJOR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

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This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that attract over 50,000 visitors, enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create substantial economic impact for the destination.

Important note: Entrants in this category cannot enter Category 4.

 

CATEGORY 4. FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

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This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that attract fewer than 50,000 visitors, enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create a significant economic impact for the destination.

Important note: Entrants in this category cannot enter Category 3.

 

CATEGORY 5. ECOTOURISM

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This category recognises ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

 

CATEGORY 6. CULTURAL TOURISM

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This category recognises tourism operations that foster a greater understanding and appreciation of authentic culture, history, heritage and/or the arts.

 

CATEGORY 7. QANTAS AWARD FOR ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER TOURISM

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This category recognises tourism operations that demonstrate authenticity and integrity in fostering a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and traditions. The state winner will receive a $2,000 incentive from Qantas and the National winner will receive $25,000.

 

CATEGORY 8. SPECIALISED TOURISM SERVICES

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This category recognises the outstanding delivery of specialised tourism services that enhance the visitor experience and integrate with other tourism products.

 

CATEGORY 9. VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES

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This category recognises the consistent delivery of high quality and face to face information services to the visitor. It is open to Visitor Information Centres/Tourist Offices, Local Tourist Associations and Regional Tourism Organisations.

 

CATEGORY 10. BUSINESS EVENT VENUES

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This category recognises venues who provide high quality facilities specifically designed for business events e.g. meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.

 

CATEGORY 11. MAJOR TOUR & TRANSPORT OPERATORS

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This category recognises a major contribution to tourism through the combined provision of touring and transport services. It is open to businesses with 15 or more annual full time equivalent employees.

Important note: Entrants in this category cannot enter Category 12.

 

CATEGORY 12. TOUR & TRANSPORT OPERATORS

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This category recognises a significant contribution to tourism through the combined provision of touring and transport services. It is open to businesses with fewer than 15 annual full time equivalent employees.

Important note: Entrants in this category cannot enter Category 11.

 

CATEGORY 13. ADVENTURE TOURISM

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This category recognises outdoor adventure tourism experiences that involve visitor participation and a personal challenge.

 

CATEGORY 14. DESTINATION MARKETING

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This category recognises creativity and innovation in fully integrated destination marketing activities. This category is open to Regional Tourism Organisations, Local Tourist Associations, Visitor Information Centres, local government and organisations that are marketing on behalf of a destination.

 

CATEGORY 15. TOURISM RESTAURANTS & CATERING SERVICES

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This category is open to all restaurants and catering services offering a tourism experience and/or servicing the tourism industry. It is not a food award but does recognise a significant contribution to tourism through the provision of food and beverage. Entry is open – but not limited to – hotel or stand-alone restaurants, event caterers, pubs and cafés.

 

CATEGORY 16. TOURISM WINERIES, DISTILLERIES & BREWERIES

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This category recognises wineries, distilleries and boutique breweries that offer a cellar door experience and create a significant contribution to tourism.

 

CATEGORY 17. CARAVAN & HOLIDAY PARKS

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This category recognises excellence in caravan or holiday parks that offer cabin and tenting accommodation and enhance the tourism experience in the destination.

 

CATEGORY 18. HOSTED ACCOMMODATION

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This category is open to owner/operator accommodation providers offering a high degree of personal contact with guests. Entry is open – but not limited to – bed & breakfast, farm stay, cottage or other intimate, boutique, colonial or heritage accommodation.

 

CATEGORY 19. UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION

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This category is open to properties developed around unconventional accommodation infrastructure. The focus of this award is on the uniqueness of the tourism experience. Entry is open – but not limited to – tented holidays, houseboats, tree houses, underground accommodation and yacht charters.

 

Category 20. SELF CONTAINED ACCOMMODATION

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This category recognises a single self-contained property offering guests the freedom of self-sufficiency.  For companies that are managing groups of properties it is recommended they focus on one of their properties or enter Specialised Tourism Services.

 

CATEGORY 21. STANDARD ACCOMMODATION

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This category is open – but not limited to – motels, hotels, self-catering, cabins, backpackers and pub accommodation.  The focus of this award is on both the facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience.

 

CATEGORY 22. DELUXE ACCOMMODATION

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This category is open to properties who achieve a deluxe guest experience which includes a wide range of facilities and superior design qualities, typically complemented by service standards that reflect the varied and discerning needs of the guest.

 

CATEGORY 23. LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

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This category is open to properties that typify luxury across all areas of operation. Guests should enjoy an extensive range of facilities and comprehensive or highly personalised service relevant to the accommodation type. Properties at this level will display excellent design quality and attention to detail.

 

CATEGORY 24. NEW TOURISM BUSINESS

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This category recognises new tourism businesses that have commenced trading, visitation or service delivery during the qualifying period. This award recognises excellence in the planning and development of new tourism infrastructure and/or services. Tourism businesses that have commenced a new product or opened new infrastructure need to enter another category most applicable to the business.

 

CATEGORY 25. EXCELLENCE IN FOOD TOURISM

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This category is open to food producers, providores, tour operators, cooking schools, food attractions, farm gate experiences, farmers markets, trails and other food tourism experiences in the Canberra Region, featuring Canberra and region produce as the core component.

 

CATEGORY 26. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY AN INDIVIDUAL

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This award recognises the outstanding contribution by an individual to the Canberra Region tourism industry.

Important note: This Award is only offered at the Canberra Region Awards level. Winners will not proceed to the Australian Tourism Awards.

 

CATEGORY 28. TOURISM EDUCATION & TRAINING

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This category is open to individual tourism businesses and tourism education and other registered training providers working to raise professional standards within the tourism industry by delivering tourism training, including online.

Important note: This Award is only offered at the Canberra Region Awards level. Winners will not proceed to the Australian Tourism Awards.

 

CATEGORY 29. TOURISM VISITOR EDUCATION

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This category is open to attractions or businesses that deliver an education program/s to schools and/or groups to enhance the visitor experience and successfully interpret the vision of the business. An individual program or suite of programs can be entered. The program/s should be fully or partly facilitated by the organisation.

Important note: This Award is only offered at the Canberra Region Awards level. Winners will not proceed to the Australian Tourism Awards.

Important note: This is a short category. Only 15 pages (not including the cover page) will be accepted.

 

CATEGORY 30.  MARKUS GIBSON-HUCK YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD

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This award recognises an individual, 30 years of age or under, involved in the tourism industry and their contribution to the development of a vibrant and professional tourism industry.

Important note: Nominations are acceptable from any party except the nominee (this can include employers, lecturers, tutors, colleagues, etc).

 

CATEGORY 31. VISITOR EXPERIENCE AWARD

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This award recognises quality visitor experiences and is awarded to the three top scoring tourism operators and businesses based on the visitor experience survey program (outrate.com.au) conducted as part of the tourism award program. The survey assesses the visitor experience for each entrant.

 

CATEGORY 32. INTERNATIONAL READY

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This category is open to Canberra and region tourism businesses or attractions delivering or aiming to deliver tourism products or service to international visitors. Entrants must demonstrate understanding of the international visitor and international markets.