Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

    National Anzac Centre number 1 on TripAdvisor

    14/09/2016 6:00 AM
    • Albany's National Anzac Centre awarded TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice award for Museums in Australia
    • More than 136,000 visitors since opening in November 2014
    • Jointly funded by local, State and Australian governments

    The National Anzac Centre in Albany has been named Australia's number one museum by TripAdvisor users.


    Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett welcomed the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award for Museums in Australia, which saw the Albany National Anzac Centre attract more positive reviews on the popular travel website than the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum, which were ranked second and third respectively.


    The $10.65 million centre was opened by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett on November 1, 2014 and has attracted more than136,000 visitors since that date.


    "The National Anzac Centre offers visitors a unique and moving experience of World War I through the voices of ANZAC soldiers," Mr Barnett said.


    "It was officially opened on the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand troops from King George Sound and will be a lasting legacy of Australia's commemoration of World War I."


    With content developed by the Western Australian Museum, Australian War Memorial and New Zealand cultural institutions, visitors to the centre experience WWI through the personal accounts of 30 ANZACs - and two of their foes - on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Palestine, Sinai and the Western Front.


    The Premier said the $10.65 million centre had attracted 136,090 visitors since it opened on November 1, 2014.


    "Albany holds a significant place in history as the departure point for the first convoy of ships carrying ANZAC soldiers.  For many, it was the last glimpse they had of Australian soil," he said.


    The TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice award is the latest accolade for the Albany National Anzac Centre.  Others include the best new tourism business prize at the 2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards and it has been ranked number 21 in Lonely Planet's top 26 new travel experiences for 2015.


    Fact File

    • The National Anzac Centre was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($8 million) and State Government ($2.65 million) and is owned and managed by the City of Albany
    • TripAdvisor determined the winners using an algorithm that took into account the reviews and ratings for museums, gathered over a 12-month period
    • For more information, visit http://www.nationalanzaccentre.com.au/

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