Kalbarri Skywalk and City of Greater Geraldton among the Mid West winners at State tourism awards

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
The Kalbarri Skywalk
Camera IconThe Kalbarri Skywalk Credit: Parks and Wildlife Service WA/Supplied

Some of the Mid West’s top attractions, tour operators and local governments have been recognised at the State’s biggest tourism awards.

Now in its 49th year, the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards celebrates business excellence, innovation and outstanding customer service by tourism operators.

Among those to receive a prize on Saturday was the Kalbarri Skywalk, which took out bronze in the new tourism business category.

Exmouth tour operator Live Ningaloo went home with gold in the ecotourism group and RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort was awarded bronze in the caravan and holiday parks category.

The City of Greater Geraldton came in third place for the excellence in local government award for tourism, with the City of Fremantle taking out the top gong in the category.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the award was a “major step forward” for the Mid West town’s tourism industry.

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“We are relative newcomers to the game compared to some of the established tourism cities, and it is onwards and upwards from here.

“ This was made possible by all the hard work put in by staff in conjunction with the local tourism industry.”

Mr Van Styn said tourism now accounted for up to four per cent of the local economy, with the City eager to see the space continue to grow.

Busselton Jetty, CinefestOZ Film Festival, Fremantle Prison and Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences were inducted into the hall of fame, with each winning gold in their category for three years in a row.

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