Entrants are encouraged to enter the category that best reflects their core business.
The Specialised Tourism Services category is for entrants that are unable to meet the criteria of other categories. Entrants in this category are not permitted to enter any other additional categories.
Winners of categories 1 through to 25 are automatically judged at the Australian Tourism Awards for a chance to be recognised as the best in the country.
Categories and criteria is set by the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) on behalf of all states and territories.
Entrants may enter more than one category, however may only enter one submission in any one of the following group of categories:
- Attractions – either category 1 or 2;
- Festivals & Events – either category 3 or 4;
- Tour and/or Transport Operators – either category 11 or 12;
- Accommodation – either category 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23
This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that attract over 50,000 visitors ,enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create substantial economic impact for the destination. Find out More
This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that attract fewer than 50,000 visitors, enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create a significant economic impact for the destination. Find out More
This category recognises ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. Find out More
This category recognises tourism operations that demonstrate authenticity and integrity in foster in greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and traditions. Find out More
This category recognises the outstanding delivery of specialised or distinct tourism product/service that enhances the visitor experience and integrate with other tourism products. This category is only open to those businesses who do not meet the criteria of any of the other award categories. Find out More
This category recognises the consistent delivery of high quality and face to face information services to the visitor. It is open to Visitor Information Centres/Tourist Offices, Local Tourist Associations and Regional Tourism Organisations. Find out More
This category recognises a major contribution to tourism through the combined provision of touring and transport services. It is open to businesses with 15 or more annual full time equivalent employees. Find out More
This category recognises a significant contribution to tourism through the combined provision of touring and transport services. It is open to businesses with fewer than 15 annual full time equivalent employees. Find out More
This category recognises creativity and innovation in fully integrated destination marketing activities.This category is open to Regional Tourism Organisations, Local Tourist Associations,Visitor Information Centres, local government and organisations that are marketing on behalf of a destination. Find out More
This category is open to all restaurants and catering services offering a tourism experience and/or servicing the tourism industry. It is not a food award but does recognise a significant contribution to tourism through the provision of food and beverage. Entry is open–but not limited to–hotel or stand-alone restaurants,event caterers,pubs and cafés. Find out More
This category is open to owner/operator accommodation providers offering a high degree of personal contact with guests.Entry is open–but not limited to–bed&breakfast,farm stay, cottage or other intimate, boutique, colonial or heritage accommodation. Find out More
This category is open to properties developed around unconventional accommodation infrastructure.The focus of this award is on the uniqueness of the tourism experience.Entry is open–but not limited to– tented holidays, houseboats, tree houses, underground accommodation and yacht charters. Find out More
This category recognises operators of a quality standalone self-contained property offering guests with non-serviced accommodation and the freedom of self-sufficiency. Properties may include a cabins, lodges and house.
Serviced apartments, hotels and resorts should consider entry into one of categories 21-24 which best fit their product. Find out More
This category is open – but not limited to – motels, hotels, self-catering, cabins, backpackers and pub accommodation. The focus of this award is on both the facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience. Find out More
This category is open to properties who achieve a deluxe guest experience which includes a wide range of facilities and superior design qualities, typically complemented by service standards that reflect the varied and discerning needs of the guest. Find out More
This category is open to properties that typify luxury across all areas of operation. Guests should enjoy an extensive range of facilities and comprehensive or highly personalised service relevant to the accommodation type.Properties at this level will display excellent design quality and attention to detail. Find out More
This category recognises new tourism businesses that have commenced trading, visitation or service delivery during the qualifying period. This award recognises excellence in the planning and development of new tourism infrastructure and/or services. Existing tourism businesses that have commenced a new product or opened new infrastructure need to enter another category most applicable to the business. Find out More
This category is open to food producers, providers, tour operators, cooking schools, food attractions, farm gate experiences, farmers markets, trails and other food tourism experiences in Victoria, featuring Victorian produce as the core component. This submission is limited to 21 pages. Find out More
This category is open to individual tourism businesses and tourism education and other registered training providers working to raise professional standards within the tourism industry by delivering tourism training, including online. Find out More
This category is open to all local government authorities and recognises excellence in tourism planning, the provision of tourism facilities and services, marketing, event development and management, and the overall contribution made both locally and overall to their State/Territory’s tourism industry. Find out More
This award celebrates the strong, ongoing personal commitment made by volunteers who freely give their time and skill, contributing to the professionalism of our industry and the positive image of tourism in Victoria. Find out More