Perth coach tour operator Feature Tours tonight won Western Australia's most prestigious tourism award, the 1994 Sir David Brand Award for Tourism and two category awards to make it the most decorated tourism organisation of 1994.
Premier and Tourism Minister Richard Court presented Feature Tours with its three awards at the annual Sir David Brand Tourism Awards. Feature Tours two other wining categories were the `Tour and Transport Operators - Regional' and `Industry Training - Private Sector'.
On congratulating Feature Tours the Premier said the organisation had shown a level of innovation to which other companies can aspire to.
"Feature Tours are a credit to the industry and it is because of hard work and dedication of companies like itself that the State's tourism industry is in such an enviable position," Mr Court said.
The other major award for the evening, the Sir David Brand Medal which recognises a great individual contribution to tourism was won by hotel operator Margaret Ryan.
The Premier said Margaret's great commitment to tourism in the State was more than evident in her running of three successful hotels in the Southern Region.
Mr Court congratulated all winners of the Sir David Brand category awards, including Telecom and Rally Australia for its win in the `Major Festivals and Special Events' category.
"This award is a credit to the 1,500 volunteers who made this international event a success," he said.
All category winners in the Sir David Brand Awards for Tourism presented by the Swan Brewery will automatically become finalists in the 1994 Australian Tourism Awards, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday, September 23.
1994 SIR DAVID BRAND AWARD WINNERS:
· Major Tourist Attraction - Scitech Discovery Centre
· Significant Local Attractions - Wave Rock Experience
· Major Festivals & Special Events - 1993 Telecom Rally Australia
· Significant Local Festivals and 1994 Special Events - 1994 Leeuwin Estate Concert
· Environmental Tourism - West Coast Adventure Holidays
· Heritage Tourism - Fremantle Prison
· Cultural Tourism - Tumbulgum Farm
· General Tourism Services - Pinnacle Travel Services
· Tourism Retailing - Costello's Perth
· Tour & Transport Operators - Regional - Feature Tours
· Inbound Tourism - Mandarin Holidays & Travel
· Tourism Associations - Augusta-Margaret River Tourist Bureau
· Tourism Marketing & Promotion - Costello's Perth
· Media - Electronic - BAC Productions
· Media Print - Your Guide To Perth & Fremantle
· Industry Training - Private Sector - Feature Tours
· Industry Education - AFTA Travel College
· Tourism Restaurants & Catering - The Shamrock Hotel Restaurants
· Tourist Development Projects - Bridgetown Motel & Nelson House Lodge
· Resorts - Burswood Resort & Casino
· Budget Accommodation - Exmouth Backpackers
· Specialist Accommodation - Cape Lodge
· Motoring Accommodation - Clifton Beach Motel
· Superior Accommodation Hotels & Motels - Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle
· Sir David Brand Award - Feature Tours
· Sir David Brand Medal - Margaret Ryan