Victoria’s regions shine bright at 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) congratulates last night’s Victorian winners recognised at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in Launceston, Tasmania. Victoria secured nine awards in total; two Gold, four Silver and three Bronze, with the majority hailing from the regions.

Of the Gold wins, Victoria was commended for its excellence in innovation and development of new tourism infrastructure and its continued success in enhancing the tourism experience for visitors.

The Mornington Peninsula’s St Andrews Beach Brewery took home Gold in the New Tourism Business category, while Goldfields’ Cave Hill Creek secured Gold in the Standard Accommodation category.

Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Felicia Mariani acknowledged their success and highlighted regional Victoria’s vibrant and growing tourism offering.

“VTIC congratulates our members, St Andrews Beach Brewery and Cave Hill Creek on receiving the highest accolade at last night’s 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. In particular, it was pleasing to see Victoria reign supreme in the New Tourism Business category, as it provides a platform for emerging businesses such as St Andrews Beach Brewery to showcase their exemplary products and services on a national level.

“This year’s results have emphasised that regional Victoria is thriving. With seven out of nine of the State’s awards going to operators across the regions, these wins are testament to the strength of our regional tourism sector’s ability to attract visitors beyond Melbourne and engage them in new and innovative ways,” Ms Mariani said.

Metropolitan Melbourne was also celebrated with the Formula 1 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix taking home Silver for Major Festivals and Events, and SkyBus who was awarded Bronze in the Major Tour and Transport Operators category for a second year.

The Mornington Peninsula’s Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park took home Silver in the Ecotourism category, reinforcing VTIC’s strong position on the importance of continued investment in Victoria’s nature-based tourism offerings.

“VTIC has long called for more support and funding for nature-based tourism and this award further demonstrates the value that Victoria’s natural assets provide to our Visitor Economy.

“It’s pleasing to see a commitment to ecologically sustainable tourism recognised on a national stage as we continue to advocate on behalf of this crucial market,” Ms Mariani said.

Holmesglen at Eildon flew the flag for the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, taking home Silver in the Business Events Venues category for a second consecutive year, while The Great Ocean Road’s Alkina Lodge claimed Silver in the Luxury Accommodation category, the Grampian’s Royal Mail Hotel secured Bronze in the Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services category, and state-wide operator Autopia Tours was awarded Bronze for a second year in the Tourism and Transport Operators category.

On behalf of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council, Chief Executive Felicia Mariani congratulated all 2018 winners – Gold, Silver, Bronze and Finalists.

“The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards recognises the valuable contribution our operators make to the national tourism industry and it’s wonderful to see so many Victorians acknowledged for their commitment to business excellence,” she said.

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