Pristine sandy beaches, world-class vineyards and magnificent natural parks: this is the face of tourism in the South West.
The area’s attractions are well represented in this year’s Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, with 28 finalists from the Southwest set to compete with the state’s top tourist attractions and vacation spots.
Busselton Pier and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse compete in the big leagues against companies like the WA Museum Boola Bardip and Fremantle Prison, to be crowned as a major tourist attraction and tourist attraction respectively.
Southwestern attractions make up half of the finalists in the ecotourism category, with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours and Busselton Jetty versus Gravity Discovery Center and Observatory and Live Ningaloo.
Manjimup Visitor Center and Vasse Virgin were named among the best retail and tourist rental services, competing with House of Honey and the Sticky Spoon Cafe, Unplug Rentals and Willie Creek Pearls for the top spot.
The visitor center also represents the South West in the category of visitor information services.
The past year has presented significant challenges for the tourism industry, but it has also highlighted the resilience of tourism operators across Western Australia and it is exciting to see so many companies participating in the awards, including many for the first time, to be recognized for their achievements.
The Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region nabbed two finalists, being recognized in business event venues and five-star accommodation categories.
Broadwater Resort Busselton and SurfPoint Resort in Prevelley were named in the 3-3.5 star accommodation category.
The Southwest dominated the self-contained accommodation category, with six of the seven finalists – Bina Maya Yallingup Escape, Chestnut Brae, Diamond Forest Farm Stay, Eight Willows Retreat, Lewana Cottages, and Tree Chalets. Carlotta’s Chesnut Brae, located about 15 minutes from Nannup, was also named a finalist for Excellence in Food Tourism.
Cowaramup-based Harvest Tours and Cape to Cape Explorer Tours will compete against 11 others to be named the best in the category of tour operators and transport operators.
In the food and wine sectors, Crooked Carrot was a finalist in tourist restaurants and food services, and Bettenays Margaret River Wine and Nougat, Black Brewing Co and Swings and Roundabouts completed wineries, distilleries and tourist breweries.
Shelter Brewing Co was also named Best New Tourism Business Finalist. Meanwhile, the town of Bunbury will represent the region in the local government award for excellence in tourism.
“The Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s most prestigious awards, with a long history of celebrating and recognizing business excellence, innovation and exceptional customer service from tourism operators,” said said Evan Hall, CEO of Tourism Council WA.
âThe past year has presented significant challenges for the tourism industry, but it has also highlighted the resilience of tourism operators across Western Australia and it is exciting to see so many companies participating in the awards, many of them for the first time, to be recognized for their achievements. . “
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on November 13.