Busselton Jetty, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Crooked Carrot among prestigious tourism awards South West winners
Best known for its pristine beaches, idyllic wineries and bustling attractions, the South West has cemented itself in the tourism industry as one of the best regions to visit in WA.
And this title has continued to ring true, as 18 of the region’s best tourist attractions, accommodation providers and hospitality venues claimed victory at the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.
The best in WA tourism was recognised on Saturday at the awards gala night dinner, celebrating leading tourism operators across 27 categories.
Busselton Jetty solidified its position as a key player in WA’s tourism industry, taking home gold in the major tourist attractions category and being named one of four business inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The jetty also claimed silver in the ecotourism category, followed by Cape to Cape Explorer Tours with bronze.
Standing tall on the South West coast, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse secured itself a place in the attractions category, winning bronze for tourist attraction.
South West accommodation providers also dominated the field, with three of the region’s best claiming the top spots in the self-contained accommodation category.
Just outside of Busselton, Acton Park’s Tree Chalets won gold for its grand accommodation options, while luxury villa Bina Maya Yallingup Escape and Diamond Forest Stay Farm near Manjimup came close second and third.
Success continued to flow in other accommodation categories, as Pullman Bunker Bay Resort took home gold for best 5 star accommodation and SurfPoint Resort and Broadwater Resort Busselton claimed gold and silver respectively in the 3-3.5 star accommodation category.
The Bunker Bay resort also won silver in the business event venues category.
Across the hospitality sector, Myalup’s The Crooked Carrot was recognised with gold in the tourism restaurants and catering services for satisfying the masses that travel down Forrest Highway.
Margaret River’s Black Brewing Co was named the gold winner in the tourism wineries, distillers and breweries category, and Nannup’s Chesnut Brae claimed bronze in excellence in food tourism.
The resilience and innovation of our industry has never been highlighted more than in the past 20 months.
Destination film festival CinefestOZ was also among those inducted into the hall of fame and awarded gold in the festivals and events category, while beauty product supplier Vasse Virgin was also awarded silver in the tourism retail and hire services category.
Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the awards was the most prestigious program in the tourism industry.
“The longevity and process of the Awards really does mean that those operators which take home medals are the best tourism businesses Western Australia has on offer and each and every year the judges are impressed by the commitment to the industry that all entrants display,” Mr Hall said.
Tourism Minister David Templeman congratulated the nominees and winners for the “incredible hard work and dedication” of the industry.
“The resilience and innovation of our industry has never been highlighted more than in the past 20 months,” he said.
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