Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards celebrate 40 years of excellence

11 November 2012

Over 800 guests gathered last night at Crown Perth to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards, Awards that recognise tourism excellence and reflect the passion and professionalism of tourism operators in Western Australia.

As part of the 40th celebrations there was a tribute to Sir David Brand, the longest serving WA Premier, in whose honour the inaugural Awards were named. Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “the Awards have a tremendous history and forty years on they remain the most prominent in the tourism industry.”

 “The WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner highlights the extraordinary experiences that the Western Australian tourism industry has to offer” said Mr Hall.

The evening saw winners and medallists awarded in 31 categories, ending with the presentation of the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism to Challenger Institute of Technology, School of Hospitality & Tourism. This Award, chosen from the 2012 gold medallists, recognises an outstanding achievement by an organisation in promoting or servicing the WA tourism industry.

Margaret Wilson, who has had a long and distinguished association with tourism in Western Australia, was awarded the Sir David Brand medal for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.

Minister for Tourism, the Honourable Kim Hames MLA, also inducted the Swan Valley Visitor Centre into the Hall of Fame, as they had won the Visitor Information & Services category for 3 consecutive years.

Principal Sponsor Perth Airport’s General Manager Fiona Lander said “the Western Australian tourism sector is critical to the ongoing viability of our State, and we are proud to support this vibrant industry.”

The gold medallists will go on to represent Western Australia at the national Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Please see attached the full list of Winner and Medallists of the 2012 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.

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