Victoria strikes Gold at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards


19 March 2022

Victoria has secured five Gold awards in the 2021 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, a national celebration of tourism business excellence.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria took out Gold in the prestigious Major Tourist Attractions category, while the Ballarat Heritage Festival, Destination Gippsland, Wilson’s Promontory Cruises, and Green Olive at Red Hill all won Gold in their respective categories.

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Chief Executive, Felicia Mariani, said the awards recognised and celebrated Victoria’s efforts to recover and innovate in the most unenviable of circumstances.

“After an impossibly difficult two years, it’s incredibly heartening to see so many Victorian businesses and communities rewarded for their mammoth efforts to recover. With the challenges the tourism industry has endured since the outbreak of COVID-19, these awards are a testament to the resilience and passion of our sector,” Ms Mariani said.

“Victorians developed a real love affair with our own backyard during COVID, from regional to metro destinations. Seeing these destinations and businesses recognised on a national stage shows we’re not alone in this sentiment.

“It’s so thrilling to see the tourism sector finally getting back to what we do best – delivering world-class experiences to our customers across every part of the state.”

Victoria took home 11 awards in Gold, Silver, and Bronze across the 25 award categories.

Victorian winners were:

• Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria — Major Tourist Attractions
• Ballarat Heritage Festival — Festivals & Events
• Gippsland: All Kinds of Wonder (by Destination Gippsland) — Tourism Marketing & Campaigns
• Wilsons Promontory Cruises — New Tourism Business
• Green Olive at Red Hill — Excellence In Food Tourism

• Alexandra Hotel — Tourism Restaurant & Catering Services and
• Alexandra Hotel – 3-3.5 Star Accommodation
• Heytesbury House — Hosted Accommodation
• Bendigo Visitor Centre — Visitor Information Services

• Searoad Ferries — Major Tour & Transport Operators
• Tesselaar Tulip Festival — Major Festivals & Events

“Our industry has faced ongoing uncertainty since 2020, and for Victoria to have achieved such fantastic success against all odds is incredibly inspiring. We won a single Gold award in the last QATA’s, in 2021 we won five.

“We congratulate all our Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, but also, all of our Victorian finalists that made it to this level of competing on the national stage. Thank you for continuing to rise to the challenge and create unforgettable moments for visitors as they explore our wonderful state. I can’t wait to see what we achieve in 2022.”

VTIC thanked the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards and its partners for celebrating all that Australia’s tourism industry has to offer.

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