Ecotourism wins at Australian Tourism Awards!

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Ecotourism wins at Australian Tourism Awards!

Ecotourism Australia members took home 17 awards at the 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, presented at the Gala dinner in Darwin on Friday night. Six gold, six silver, and five bronze!

The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards celebrates the excellence in the Australian tourism industry – including many of our eco certified operators. 15 National winners are ECO certified members.  

Tourism businesses from around Australia enter their state and territory Tourism Awards, with the winners progressing through to the National Awards as finalists.

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Image: Ocean Rafting accepting the Gold award for the Major Tour and Transport Operators category

38 finalists from across the 25 award categories are members of Ecotourism Australia; with several of our members finalists in more than one category. 

The 2016 awards took place at the Darwin Convention Centre on Friday 24 February, attended by Ecotourism Australia’s CEO and Chairman, Rod Hillman and Rick Murray.

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Image: Tasmanian Walking Company accepting the Gold award for the Ecotourism category

Once again, Ecotourism Australia proudly sponsored the Ecotourism category, and we were pleased to see all finalists in the Ecotourism category are members of Ecotourism Australia.

“It is great to see so many Ecotourism Australia certified members winning awards both at the State level and the National level.

This highlights the high calibre of tourism businesses that choose Ecotourism Australia certification, and their commitment to sustainable best practice and providing premium quality experiences”, says Rod Hillman, Chief Executive.

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Image: The Frames accepting the Gold award for the Self Contained Accommodation category

We would like to congratulate and commend all of our members for their amazing achievements in this years' Awards program.

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Image: Yondah Beach House wins the Gold award for the Deluxe accommodation category

Here's the full list of all Ecotourism Australia's award winning members:

Major Tourist Attractions:

NT: Parks Australia - Kakadu National Park (PAMs member) - SILVER
TAS: Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service - Freycinet National Park (PAMs member) - BRONZE

Tourist Attractions:

TAS: Bruny Island Cruises - SILVER
SA: Calypso Star Charters - BRONZE


TAS: Tasmanian Walking Company - GOLD
WA: Sail Ningaloo - SILVER
QLD: Fun Over Fifty - BRONZE

Cultural Tourism:

NT: Venture North Australia - BRONZE

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism:

QLD: Mossman Gorge Centre - BRONZE

Major Tour and Transport Operators:

QLD: Ocean Rafting - GOLD
TAS: Par Avion Wilderness Tours - SILVER

Tour and Transport Operators:

QLD: Fun Over Fifty - GOLD

Adventure Tourism:

QLD: Tangatours - SILVER 

Hosted Accommodation:

QLD: Cobbold Gorge Tours - Village - SILVER

Unique Accommodation:

NSW: Taronga Western Plains Zoo - GOLD

Self Contained Accommodation:

SA: The Frames (Emaroo Cottages) - GOLD

Deluxe Accommodation:

SA: Yondah Beach House - GOLD

To see the complete list of award winners, please click here.

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Image: Taronga Western Plains Zoo accepting the Gold award for the Unique Accommodation category
Header image: Fun Over Fifty accepting the Gold award for the Tour and Transport Operators category

Rod Hillman
CEO Ecotourism Australia
07 3252 1530 | 0427 279 414

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