81 medallists and award winners at the 2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards
Organised by Tourism Council WA
Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA
One of Western Australia's oldest wine makers, Sandalford Wines, has won the top award at the 2015 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism was the highest honour in the Western Australian tourism industry and he congratulated Sandalford Wines on the achievement.
"Sandalford has been operating since 1840 and is one of the most respected and successful wine businesses in Australia," the Minister said.
"This is the second time Sandalford has won the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism, which is a testament to such a recognisable and well-loved Western Australian winery business."
Dr Hames said the National Anzac Centre in Albany was named best new tourism business.
"The National Anzac Centre has been a major tourism drawcard since it opened last November, welcoming more than 78,000 visitors in its first year," he said.
Award recipients in other categories included:
- Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures - Tourist Attractions, Adventure Tourism and Unique Accommodation
- Fremantle Prison - Major Tourist Attractions, and Cultural Tourism
- City of Albany - Local Government Award for Tourism
- ADAMS - Excellence in Chinese Tourism and Major Tour and/or Transport Operators.
The Minister said the awards recognised and celebrated excellence in the tourism industry and he thanked all the category winners and finalists for the contribution they had made to tourism in WA.
"Tourism is vital for Western Australia's economy, generating about 94,000 jobs and contributing $8.7 billion in visitor spend to the economy," he said.
"The State Government has a strategy in place to see that figure grow to $12 billion by 2020."
The awards started in 1972 and are named in honour of WA's longest-serving Premier and first Tourism Minister, Sir David Brand
Sandalford Wines celebrates its 175th anniversary this year
Winners in 24 categories automatically become finalists in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be held in February 2016
Minister's office - 6552 5300