LUXURY accommodation provider Kittawa Lodge has been recognised as one of the nation’s best, taking out silver in Australia’s Best New Tourism Business National Award.
The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s peak awards – recognising and promoting excellence in tourism.
Kittawa Lodge, which last November won gold in The Gustav Weindorfer Award for Best New Tourism Business and was the first King Island business to have ever won a gold at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards, took to the national stage over the weekend in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, held on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Aaron Suine and Nick Stead, who have created Kittawa, were thrilled with their win.
“Our field was packed with talented and resilient businesses and all finalists should be congratulated, especially Pennicott Journeys tour company for taking out the gold,” the pair said.
“We take so much pride from being King Island’s first representative at the Australian awards and being the best new accommodation business in Australia.
“Congratulations to all our friends in Tasmania who represented our incredible state, taking home eight golds, four silvers and three bronzes across 26 categories.
“We are completely honoured to have taken home silver at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards and we can’t be anything other than incredibly proud of this achievement, especially after such a challenging few years. We now have the fire in our belly to go one better next year.”
The competition was particularly strong this year as there were no awards last year due to Covid, so the new business category was two years’ worth of new tourism businesses.
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania CEO Luke Martin said Tasmania’s leading tourism operators had once again dominated the industry’s national awards.
He said Kittawa’s silver award for Best New Tourism Business cemented the business reputation as one of the nation’s finest luxury accommodation retreats.
“This result says much about King Island’s evolution as a visitor destination, along with the courage and vision of those investors and tourism operators creating exceptional experiences on the island,” Mr Martin said.
West by North West CEO Tom Wootton said the significance of the Kittawa Lodge win should not be underestimated.
“It’s perhaps the most competitive and challenging category, as it spans all types of tourism business; but it’s also a reflection of the excitement currently surrounding King Island as a destination on its way up.”
The Australian Tourism Awards were first established in 1985.
A wide and diverse range of tourism businesses enter their state and territory awards.
Over 200 reach the prestigious status of becoming a national finalist.