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Tasmania cleans up at Australian Tourism Awards

Robert Pennicott accepting an award on behalf of his family at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Robert Pennicott accepting an award on behalf of his family at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Of the 28 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards presented on Friday night (April 10), ten were awarded to Tasmania-based businesses and people.

Notably, Rob Pennicott and his family, operators of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, won five of the ten awards that went to Tasmania, illustrating  the strength of operations, innovation and environmental sustainability the island state has to offer.

The full list of winners is below:

Major Tourist Attractions – Winner: Port Arthur Historic Site, TAS

Tourist Attractions – Winner: Bruny Island Cruises, TAS

Major Festivals and Events – Winner: Woodford Folk Festival 13/14, QLD

Festivals and Events – Winner: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, QLD

Ecotourism – Winner: Bruny Island Cruises, TAS

Heritage and Cultural Tourism – Winner: Port Arthur Historic Site, TAS

Indigenous Tourism – Winner: Ayers Rock Resort, NT

Specialised Tourism Services – Winner: Canberra Airport, ACT

Visitor Information and Services – Winner: Frankston Visitor Information Centre, VIC

Business Tourism – Winner: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, TAS

Major Tour and Transport Operators – Winner: Par Avion Wilderness Tours, TAS

Tour and Transport Operators – Winner: Top Drop Tours, WA

Adventure Tourism – Winner: Enchanted Adventure Garden and Tree Surfing, VIC

Destination Marketing – Winner: 2013/14 Bundaberg Turtle Campaign, QLD

Tourism Education and Training – Winner: Kingthing Marketing, TAS

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services – Winner: Byron Beach Cafe, NSW

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries – Winner: Pindarie Cellar Door, SA

Tourist and Caravan Parks – Winner: Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, QLD

Backpacker Accommodation – Winner: Railway Square YHA, NSW

Hosted Accommodation – Winner: Bli Bli House, QLD

Unique Accommodation – Winner: Riviera Nautic, VIC

Standard Accommodation – Winner: Ibis Styles Katherine, NT

Deluxe Accommodation – Winner: Yondah Beach House, SA

Luxury Accommodation – Winner: Drift House, VIC

New Tourism Development – Winner: Tasmanian Seafood Seduction, TAS

Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism – Winner: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, TAS

Local Government Award for Tourism – Winner: City of Fremantle, WA

Food Tourism – Winner: Margan Restaurant and Winery, NSW

Australian Tourism Legend – Winner: Robert Pennicott, TAS

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