THE king of Tasmanian tourism, Rob Pennicott, has once again scooped the pool at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards.

“Tonight’s awards again show why Rob Pennicott is such an icon of Tasmanian tourism,” Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief exec­utive Luke Martin said.

Mr Pennicott won four categories, including the coveted gold medal for Best New Tourism Development for his “Tasmanian Seafood Seduction” experience.

Some of Tasmania’s best-known tourism experiences, along with a wave of emerging operators opening Tasmania to new visitor markets, were recognised at the awards in Hobart.

Twenty-three tourism operators representing all parts of Tasmania and all aspects of the tourism industry were awarded gold medals, with 12 first time winners in their category.

Tasmanian property developer Brett Torossi was awarded the Tasmanian Tourism Champion, and two of her developments – Avalon Coastal Retreat and Avalon City Retreat – won accommodation awards.

The winners:

Major Tourist Attractions: Port Arthur Historic Site

Tourist Attractions: Bruny Island Cruises

Major Festivals and Events: Falls Music & Arts Festival

Festivals and Events: Junction Arts Festival

Ecotourism: Bruny Island Cruise

Heritage and Cultural Tourism: Port Arthur Historic Site

Specialised Tourism Services: Launceston Airport

Visitor Information and Services: Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre

Business Tourism: Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Major Tour and/or Transport Operators: Par Avion Wilderness Tours

Tour and/or Transport Operators: Tasmanian Air Adventures

Adventure Tourism: Roaring 40°s Kayaking

Destination Marketing: Cradle Coast Tourism

Tourism Education and Training: Kingthing Marketing

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services: Josef Chromy Cellar Door, Restaurant and Function Centre

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries:James Boag’s Brewery

Tourist and Caravan Parks: BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park

Hosted Accommodation: Curringa Farm

Unique Accommodation: Avalon City Retreat

Standard Accommodation: Sandpiper Ocean Cottages

Deluxe Accommodation: Avalon Coastal Retreat

Luxury Accommodation: Saffire Freycinet

New Tourism Development: Tasmanian Seafood Seduction

Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Excellence in Food Tourism: Gourmania Food Tours Tasmania

People’s Choice Award: Tasmanian Air Adventures

Tasmanian Tourism Champion: Brett Torossi

Tourism Minister’s Young Achiever Award: Travis Tiddy

Skal International Club of Hobart Tourism Student of the Year: Brigitte Shelton

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