Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Major Events Matt Conlan
Territory Gold Rush At Australian Tourism Awards
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory tourism operators have won nine awards at the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in Hobart tonight, Friday 15 February 2013.
Territory operators took home five gold awards, one silver and three bronze.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Matt Conlan, congratulated the winners on their outstanding achievement at the industry’s peak national awards.
“This is only the third time in the 28 year history of the Awards that the Northern Territory has bagged five gold awards.” Mr. Conlan said.
“The Territory had 19 finalists in the 27 categories, which is a testament to the high calibre of entries from the Territory.”
“It is especially pleasing that our winners are spread right throughout the Northern Territory, with operators hailing from Central Australia, Kakadu and the Top End.”
“The Territory Government is proud of our tourism industry and committed to returning it to a major pillar of our economy.”
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Venture North Australia, RT Tours Australia, the Northern Territory Library and Yellow Water Cruises took out the Gold in their respective categories.
The Darwin Convention Centre won silver and Haven Backpacker Resort, Mantra on the Esplanade and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility in Alice Springs all received a Bronze.
All business category winners of the 2012 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards automatically became finalists in the national awards.
The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are managed by the National Tourism Alliance on behalf of the tourism industry and are Australia’s peak awards recognising and promoting excellence in tourism.
Major Tourist Attraction – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park International and national tourists visiting Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park experience one of Australia’s most iconic World Heritage sites and an outstanding hallmark attraction. Around 300,000 tourists a year enjoy world class tourism experiences through the unique natural and cultural offerings at the park.
Heritage and Cultural Tourism – Venture North Australia (Bronze at 2011 QATA) Venture North Australia specialises in high-quality, small group cultural and nature based 4WD tours in remote regions including Arnhem Land, the Cobourg Peninsula and parts of Kakadu National Park..
Indigenous Tourism – RT Tours Australia RT Tours offers 4WD and private charter cultural tours throughout the Western McDonnell ranges region in Central Australia. Visitors learn about Aboriginal and Australian history, flora and fauna, and bush foods that have sustained a population for more than 50,000 years.
Specialised Tourism Services – Northern Territory Library The Northern Territory Library inside Parliament House in Darwin has been in operation for more than 30 years. Visitors can access information about the Northern Territory’s people, history and culture.
Major Tour and/or Transport Operator – Yellow Water Cruises Gagudju Dreaming (Silver at 2011 QATA) Yellow Water Cruises is an Indigenous owned tour guiding operation that gives visitors to Kakadu National Park an exclusive opportunity to explore the Yellow Water Billabong year round.
Business Tourism – Darwin Convention Centre Surrounded by one of Australia’s largest harbours, the Darwin Convention Centre features tiered auditorium seating; seven meeting rooms for up to 630 delegates, 4,000sqm of exhibition space sub-divisible into three halls and extensive open foyer areas overlooking the Darwin Waterfront.
Backpacker Accommodation – Haven Backpackers Resort Haven Backpackers Resort situated a short walk from Alice Springs is for budget leisure travellers and backpackers.
Deluxe Accommodation – Mantra on the Esplanade Mantra on the Esplanade located in Darwin’s CBD is a4 ½ star property suitable for both corporate and leisure travellers.
New Tourism Development – The Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility The Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility has recently had a $3 Million plus redevelopment which includes a 70 seat theatre, interactive information portals, increased retail space and a full scale replica of the fuselage of its operational Pilatus PC 12 Aircraft. It showcases the importance of the RFDS in rural and regional Central Australia.