Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Hydrogen Industry; Tourism; Science

    Dream run of success for WA at Australian Tourism Awards

    18/03/2023 10:30 AM
    • WA wins 5 gold at Qantas Australian Tourism Awards
    • Tourism businesses recognised from the Kimberley to South West
    • Recognition follows successful Walking on a Dream campaign

    Western Australia’s tourism businesses have enjoyed a dream run of success at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, winning 5 gold medals.

    The awards celebrate innovation and exceptional standards in Australian tourism.

    WA was recognised with a total of 12 medals at the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony, held in Sydney last night.

    WA’s outstanding success was due recognition, with the State’s tourism industry experiencing very positive growth during the past 12 months, in the highly competitive global tourism market.

    It also comes on the back of the stunning Walking On a Dream global and local marketing campaign and a series of major events hosted in WA.

    The gold medals were indicative of the wide range of diverse experiences across the State, with the successful businesses located in Exmouth, Broome, Rottnest Island, Bunker Bay and Perth. 

    The medal winners ranged from cultural walking tours to 5-star hotels, and from whale shark experiences to pearl farming,


    WA’s award winners in the 25 categories at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards were:



    The Hike Collective – Adventure Tourism

    Live Ningaloo - Ecotourism

    Pullman Bunker Bay Resort – Business Event Venues

    SeaLink WA – Major Tour & Transport Operators

    Willie Creek Pearls – Tourism Retail & Hire Service



    Broadwater Resort Busselton – 3-3.5 Star Accommodation

    COMO The Treasury – 5 Star Luxury Accommodation

    Core Cider House – Excellence in Food Tourism 

    The Hike Collective – Tour & Transport Operators

    Tree Chalets – Self Contained Accommodation



    Optus Stadium: AFL Grand Final 2021 – Major Festivals & Events

    Willie Creek Pearl Farm – Tourist Attractions

    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook:

    “WA’s tourism industry is fortunate to have so many great operators and businesses.

    “I congratulate all our winners and finalists for striving every day to provide an unforgettable experience for both local and visiting tourists.

    “The Walking on A Dream campaign has succeeded in capturing the imagination of people around Australia and the world, perfectly projecting the connection between our Aboriginal culture and the tourism experiences that make WA so unique.

    “Have a look through WA’s award winners last night and you can see the extraordinary range of exceptional experiences on offer to the world.

    “Western Australia has been on numerous global must-visit travel lists this this year. 

    ‘The Australian Tourism Awards reinforce why Western Australia is the place to see in 2023.”

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