TASMANIAN tourism stars were recently recognised at the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania’s (TICT) annual Tourism Awards Gala held at Wrest Point Casino.
The Hobart-based Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) was honoured in three categories at the awards.
The museum won gold in the Indigenous Tourism category and was also recognised with silver in the Major Tourist Attraction category and bronze in the New Tourism Development category.
TMAG director Bill Bleathman said accepting the Indigenous Tourism award on stage at the awards ceremony was a very proud moment.
“The award is recognition of all the hard work done by staff and volunteers across TMAG,” he said.
“It was also particularly pleasing that a number of our Tasmanian Aboriginal Advisory Council members were present for the award announcement.”
Hobart’s Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel also enjoyed a successful night at the awards winning the Business Tourism category for the second year running and the silver medal for Deluxe Accommodation.
This was the fifth time the The Old Woolstore has won the Business Tourism award since opening its meeting and event facilities in 2001.
Managing director Jon Lister said he was thrilled with the result.
“This is an amazing outcome for us and we would like to sincerely thank our industry partners, our commercial partners and of course our customers and guests,” he said.
“But most importantly I would like to personally thank our staff as this award is recognition of our constant endeavour to provide genuine, friendly customer service while upholding the highest standards of professionalism and quality product in tourism and hospitality.”
TICT chief executive officer Luke Martin said the awards were critical in encouraging excellence and innovation in the state and recognising operators who had helped transform Tasmania.
“It is no secret that the tourism industry is the shining light in Tasmania’s economy at the moment and this is through the commitment and innovation of our leading tourism operators,” he said.
“We saw a record number of finalists this year, representing an awesome variety of top tourism experiences from every region of the state, with outstanding submissions that lift the bar in excellence.”
Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer MP said she was impressed with the high quality of the 2013 award winners.
“Tourism is without a doubt one of Tasmania’s most important industries especially as so much of Tasmania’s tourism industry supports regional economies,” she said.
“It is always a great night to celebrate the achievements of this wonderful industry and I look forward to an even bigger and better 2014.”