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.
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