The Frankston Visitor Information Centre, Blue Moon Cottages and the Melbourne Cup Carnival have been recognised as ‘best in category’ at the 2013 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
The Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said Victoria should be proud of its achievement, receiving three Gold, seven Silver and two Bronze awards.
“This is a very pleasing result as 25 Victorian finalists competed against the best that each state had to offer and it recognises and reinforces Victoria’s reputation as a leading tourist destination,” Ms Asher said.
Held by the National Tourism Alliance, The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards pay tribute to our industry’s leaders and entrepreneurs at the national level. They also inspire leadership to build better business practices, to innovate and to grow the tourism sector.
The Frankston Visitor Information Centre won the category of best Visitor Information and Services for a second year running. Blue Moon Cottages improved on their Silver award from last year to win the category of best Standard Accommodation and the Melbourne Cup Carnival won the best in the Major Festivals and Events category.
The silver placegetters include:
Melbourne Zoo – Major Tourist Attraction; Moonraker Dolphin Swims – Ecotourism; Leisure Options – Specialised Tourism Services; Moonraker Dolphin Swims – Tour and/or Transport Operators; The Enchanted Adventure Garden – Adventure Tourism; Stillwater at Crittenden – Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services; and Space Hotel – Backpacker Accommodation.
The Bronze place getters are 2012 RACV Energy Breakthrough (Festivals and Events) and Crown College (Tourism Education and Training).
Awards programs such as the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards and Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are instrumental in fostering innovation, implementing continuous improvement and increasing professionalism within the tourism and events industry and these programs encourage businesses to embrace best-practice business principles to offer their visitors a world-class tourism experience.
Ms Asher said tourism is a significant economic driver for Victoria, worth $19.1 billion a year or 5.8 per cent of the total Victorian economy.
“The tourism industry provides jobs for over 200,000 Victorians and contributes seven per cent of employment in tourism and other industries,” Ms Asher said.