Finalists Announced in 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

Finalists in the prestigious 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards were announced at an event attended by more than 150 tourism operators and industry representatives at Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough.

The Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, now in its 45th year, highlight the quality and diversity of tourism attractions, amenities and experiences that Western Australia has to offer. Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the Awards presented an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the outstanding customer service, innovation and business excellence the State’s tourism operators demonstrated.

“The people who make up Western Australia’s tourism industry are incredibly passionate about offering amazing experiences to our visitors. As has been the case every year since the Awards began in 1972, the calibre of entries has been high and we see a great diversity among the attractions, amenities and experiences represented,” he said.

This year has seen an increased amount of entries into the Ecotourism category, which recognises ecologically sustainable tourism with a focus on experiences in natural areas which emphasise environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

“As tourism in Western Australia evolves, we see this emerging through the entries into the Awards program – this year, more high-quality businesses entering the Ecotourism category reflects an increased interest in our natural tourism assets.”

There is even more exciting news for finalists this year, with Perth recently announced as the host city for the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be held in early 2018. Gold Medal winners in categories 1 to 25 go on to represent WA at the national awards.

“With Perth hosting the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, our Gold Medal Winners will represent Western Australia and contend for National medals on home soil early next year – a very exciting prospect for our finalists,” Mr Hall said.

Perth Airport Chief Corporate Services Officer Debra Blaskett said Perth Airport was delighted to continue as the naming rights sponsor of the 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, in recognition of the importance of tourism in Western Australia.

“As the gateway to Western Australia, Perth Airport plays a critical role in supporting the tourism industry and these awards celebrates and rewards the extraordinary tourism experiences that we have on offer,” Ms Blaskett said.

The winners of the 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards will be announced at a gala dinner held on 11 November at Crown Perth.


Category 1 – Major Tourist Attractions – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA
Busselton Jetty
Crown Perth
Fremantle Prison
Rottnest Island
Whiteman Park
Category 2 – Tourist Attractions – Sponsored by Hello Perth
Golden Quest Discovery Trail
Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
National Anzac Centre
Museum of the Great Southern, Western Australian Museum
The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells, Perth
The Maze, Home of the Outback Splash
Willie Creek Pearls
Category 3 – Major Festivals & Events – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA
Mandurah Crab Fest
Category 4 – Festivals & Events – Sponsored by What’s On Group
2017 RAC Perth Caravan & Camping Show
2016 Australian University Games
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Shinju Matsuri
Truffle Kerfuffle
Category 5 – Ecotourism – Sponsored by Parks & Wildlife Services
Broome Whale Watching
Cape to Cape Explorer Tours Natural Experiences
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Live Ningaloo
Ningaloo Discovery
Rottnest Island
Sail Ningaloo
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
South West Eco Discoveries
Three Islands Whale Shark Dive
Category 6 – Cultural Tourism – Sponsored by Tourism WA
Fremantle Prison
Golden Quest Discovery Trail
National Anzac Centre
Museum of the Great Southern – Western Australian Museum
The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells, Perth
Category 7 – Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism – Sponsored by Qantas
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Narlijia Cultural Tours Broome
Ngurrangga Tours
Category 8 – Specialised Tourism Services – Sponsored by Guru Productions
Crystal Swan Cruises
Exmouth Holidays
Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire
Private Properties
Sightseeing Pass Australia
Vasse Virgin
Category 9 – Visitor Information Services – Sponsored by RAC Travel
Armadale Visitor Centre
Geraldton Visitor Centre
Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre
Swan Valley Visitor Centre
Category 10 –Business Event Venues – Sponsored by Perth Convention Bureau
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Perth
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region
Category 11 – Major Tour & Transport Operators – Sponsored by Budget Car & Truck Rentals
Busy Blue Bus
Kimberley Wild Expeditions
Rottnest Fast Ferries
Willie Creek Pearls
Category 12 – Tour & Transport Operators – Sponsored by Vanguard Press
Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours
Cape to Cape Explorer Tours
Harvest Tours
InStyle Adventures
Kimberley Air Tours
Ningaloo Discovery
Top Drop Tours
Walk into Luxury
Category 13 – Adventure Tourism – Sponsored by RAC Travel
Arise Racing
Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
Live Ningaloo
Ningaloo Discovery
Three Islands Whale Shark Dive
Category 14 – Destination Marketing – Sponsored by Countrywide Publications
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
The Epic Pilbara – Australia’s North West
Category 15 – Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services – Sponsored by Tourism WA
CORE Cider House
Julio’s Italian Restaurant
Odyssea Beach Café
Raugis at Kooljaman
Sandalford Wines
The Lake House Denmark
Category 16 – Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries – Sponsored by CGM Communications
Entopia Wines
Sandalford Wines
The Lake House Denmark
Category 17– Caravan & Holiday Parks – Sponsored by Caravan Industry Association WA
Kimberleyland Holiday Park
RAC Cervantes Holiday Park
Wintersun Caravan and Tourist Park
Category 18 – Hosted Accommodation – Sponsored by Ascert
Mary’s Farm Cottages
The Beach House at Bayside
Category 19 – Unique Accommodation – Sponsored by Tourism Australia
Faraway Bay
Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures – The Horizontal Hotel
Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
Category 20 – Self Contained Accommodation – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA
Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages
Bickley Brook Cottage
Category 21 – Standard Accommodation – Sponsored by Commonwealth Bank
Kangaroo Inn
Kimberley Croc Motel
Metro Hotel Perth
The Colliefields
Category 22 – Deluxe Accommodation – Sponsored by Kirkgate Consulting
Alex Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Kununurra Country Club Resort
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
Sage Hotel West Perth
Tradewinds Hotel
Category 23 – Luxury Accommodation – Sponsored by Vanguard Press
COMO The Treasury
Fraser Suites Perth
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region
Category 24 – New Tourism Business – Sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher
Aloft Perth
Bungle Bungle Guided Tours
Crown Towers Perth
Grape Escape South West Tours
Swan River Seaplanes
Category 25 – Excellence in Food Tourism – Sponsored by Buy West, Eat Best
Two Feet & a Heartbeat
Vinofood – The Lake House Denmark
Category 26 – Excellence in Chinese Tourism – Sponsored by China Ready & Accredited
Cape to Cape Explorer Tours
Sandalford Wines
Category 27 – Tourism Education & Training – Sponsored by Guru Productions
Adventure World
Crown College Perth
Willie Creek Pearls
Category 28 – Local Government Award for Tourism – Sponsored by WA Super
City of Albany
City of Armadale
Category 29 – FACET Golden Guide Award – Sponsored by Parks & Wildlife Service
Scott Connell – Kimberley Spirit Tours
Janine Della Bosca – Fremantle Prison
Gene Hardy – Cape to Cape Tours


Source: Tourism Council WA

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