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Ecotourism Australia certified operators took home more gold awards than any state at Friday night’s Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra.

Winning almost one quarter of all awards, including over a third of gold awards, 8% of silver awards and 28% of bronze awards, these successes once again provide undisputable proof of the high calibre of ecotourism businesses across the country.

Ecotourism Australia CEO, Rod Hillman, said that these results are impressive, especially considering ecotourism operators are not even eligible for all of the awards categories.

“We see these results year on year from our operators and it’s just great to see that these businesses continue to be recognised on a national scale.

“All of them are 100% committed to not only offering outstanding visitor experiences, but also conducting their business in a way that protects people and planet for generations to come.

These are true movers and shakers in our industry, and we applaud them for their successes.”

Ecotourism and Respecting our Culture (ROC) certified Nitmiluk Tours and Cicada Lodge, who took home a record four awards on the night, three of them gold, are proud of what this means for their region’s Traditional Owners, and for the recognition of Australia’s Indigenous cultural heritage.

"The success of Nitmiluk and Cicada Lodge is based on strong relationships and partnerships within the NT and interstate - Ecotourism Australia being one of them,” said Nitmiluk’s Chief Operating Officer, Sveva Falletto.

“We are thankful to our team members [and] our board and we share these awards with all our partners. It's a team effort."

The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards were held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on Friday night, 6 March.

Ecotourism Australia certified operators made up close to a fifth of all finalists on the night, with those awarded representing the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.


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Lina Cronin – Communications Manager / or 07 32566777


Ecotourism Australia certified winners – Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2019


Adventure Bay Charters

Bronze - Adventure Tourism

Calypso Star Charters

Gold - Tourist Attractions

Cobbold Gorge

Bronze - Tourist Attractions

Habitat Noosa

Gold - New Tourism Business

Kimberley Quest

Gold - Tour and Transport Operators

Lady Elliot Island

Silver - Ecotourism

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Bronze - Ecotourism

Nitmiluk Tours

Bronze - Major Tourist Attractions

Nitmiluk Tours

Gold - Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Nitmiluk Tours (Cicada Lodge)

Gold - Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Nitmiluk Tours (Cicada Lodge)

Gold - Luxury Accommodation

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Bronze - Major Tour and Transport Operators

Rainforestation Nature Park

Bronze - Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Red Cat Adventures

Gold - Major Tour and Transport Operators

Red Cat Adventures

Silver - Adventure Tourism

Roaring 40s Kayaking

Gold - Adventure Tourism

Tasman Venture

Bronze - Tour and Transport Operators

Venture North Australia

Gold - Cultural Tourism


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