Golden days for our tourism

TOURISM operators on Tasmania’s East Coast, in the South East and on Tasman Peninsula have cemented themselves as a premier tourism destination having won several gold, silver and bronze medals at last month’s Australian Qantas Tourism Awards.

In total, Tasmanian attractions won eight gold medals, more than any other State.

Local gold medalists were Coal River Farm, Saffire Freycinet and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and bronze medals were awarded to the Tasmanian Walking Company Maria Island, Bay of Fires and Tasman Peninsula.

Premier and Tourism Minister Peter Gutwein said the world’s best secret was out.

“When it comes to tourism you need not look any further than Tasmania for an extraordinary experience,’’ Mr Gutwein said. “Tasmania’s tourism industry is world-class and supports thousands of jobs across the state, and these fantastic results will encourage even more people to travel here and see what we have to offer.’’

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania CEO Luke Martin said winners were spread across the state, reflecting the resilience and commitment to excellence.

“Wherever you look, there are some wonderful stories among these results,’’ Mr Martin said.
“Our world-leading operators, Saffire Freycinet, Pumphouse Point, and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, have all won gold, cementing their status as among Australia’s great visitor experiences.
“Coal River Farm have collected their first gold for Tourism Retail and Hire Services.
“Few Tasmanians would truly appreciate the scale of investment Daniel Leesong has made through Covid in opening three new Coal River Farm retail stores in WA, as well as in the iconic Bank Arcade in central Melbourne.
“To say this has been a challenge for him with the border restrictions would be a massive understatement, and this Award is testament to his resilience and courage.’’

Tasmanian Gold Medalists:
Coal River Farm (Tourism Retail & Hire Services);
Saffire Freycinet (5 Star – Luxury – Accommodation);
Wonder of Wynyard Exhibition & Visitor Information Centre (Visitor Information Services);
Pumphouse Point (Unique Accommodation);
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys (Major Tourism and Transport Operators);
Gordon River Cruises (Tour and Transport Operators);
Mures Tasmania (Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services);
and Blue Derby Pods Ride (Judges Choice for innovation through Covid).

Tasmanian Silver Medalists:
MACq 01 Hotel (4-4.5 Star Accommodation);
Kittawa Lodge, King Island (New Tourism Business);
Coal River Farm Cambridge, Hobart, Launceston (Excellence In Food Tourism);
and Wukalina Walk larapuna (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism).

Tasmanian Bronze Medalists:
Peppers Silo Hotel (Launceston Business Event Venues);
Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast (Hosted Accommodation);
and Tasmanian Walking Company, Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires, (Tasman Peninsula Ecotourism).

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