Local Businesses Shine At Tourism Awards

Local Margaret River businesses set an amazing example at the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards 2012 last Saturday. The award winners and nominees were a testament to the top quality tourism product in the region.

The news article “Margaret River businesses excel in WA tourism awards” has all the information you need about the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards. It says, “It was the 40th anniversary of the awards, which aim to┬árecognise tourism excellence and reflect the passion and professionalism of tourism operators in Western Australia. As part of the 40th celebrations there was a tribute to Sir David Brand, the longest serving WA Premier, in whose honour the inaugural Awards were named.” http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/story/1122091/margaret-river-businesses-excel-in-wa-tourism-awards/?cs=1429

Evan Hall, the chief executive officer at Tourism Council WA, said, “The Awards have a tremendous history and forty years on they remain the most prominent in the tourism industry.”

He further noted, “The awards exemplify the extraordinary experiences that the Western Australia tourism industry has to offer.”

The Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association won a gold medal for the Visitor Information & Services division. Denmark Visitor Centre received silver while Armadale Visitor Centre took home bronze.

Top Drop Tours received silver for the Tour & Transport Operators division, whereas the Gold Pass Margaret River received bronze for the Tourism Marketing division.

Harvest Tours received silver for the New Tourism Development category, and Jarrah Grove Retreat received silver for the Deluxe Accommodation division. Loaring Place Bed & Breakfast received bronze for the Hosted Accommodation category.

Cory Gale, the digital and marketing specialist at the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association, was among the four finalists competing for the Sir David Brand Young Achiever Medal. The medal is awarded to persons under 30 years of age for consistent contribution to the tourism industry. Gale made an unwavering and exceptional contribution to both the tourism industry and the AMRTA, and is a strong contender for the award.

Sharna Holben of Geographe Bay Tourism Association won the Sir David Brand Medal. The award recognises outstanding contributions to the tourism industry by individuals.

The gala dinner event was held at the newly refurbished Crown Perth Complex. The ceremony was attended by more than 400 guests.

All gold medallists will now represent WA at the national Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart in February next year.

For more information on the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards, visit http://www.tourismcouncilwa.com.au/wa-tourism-awards

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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