RACV Victorian Tourism Awards recognise industry leaders
November 22, 2012
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher tonight welcomed more than 1,000 of
Victoria’s leading tourism businesses and operators to the 28th RACV Victorian Tourism Awards
at Crown in Melbourne.
Ms Asher said the awards continued to attract a record number of entrants each year, which was
testament to the industry’s ongoing growth and success.
“Tonight is a celebration of Victoria’s best industry leaders and innovators and I congratulate all
of the winners for helping make Victoria a premier tourism destination, contributing to the state’s
$15.9 billion tourism industry and sustaining a tourism workforce of around 204,000 Victorians,”
Ms Asher said.
“The Coalition Government has opened up our national parks to environmentally responsible
low-scale development, has launched the China Tourism Strategy, which will aim to increase
Victoria’s share of the lucrative Chinese tourism market from its current 7 per cent to 11 per cent
by 2020 and has seen Melbourne increase in interstate visitation as a result of the ‘Play
Melbourne’ campaign launched last year. It is these initiatives that will ensure our tourism
”There were 140 entrants across 32 categories for this year’s awards, including record numbers
from the Great Ocean Road, the Murray and Victoria’s High Country,” Ms Asher said.
Highlights of the awards include:
V/Line winner of Major Tours and/or Transport
Habitat HQ, being inducted into the Hall of Fame Award for Backpacker Accommodation
Great Ocean Road Surf Tours, winning the Award for Adventure Tourism
Crown Metropol, winning the Luxury Accommodation Award
Peninsula Hot Springs, winning the Award for Tourist Attractions and inducted into the Hall of
Fame Award for Health and Wellbeing Tourism
Fowles Wine Cellar Door & Cafe, winning the Award for Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and
Max’s at Red Hill Estate, being inducted into the Hall of Fame Award for Tourism
Restaurants and Catering Services
12 Apostle Helicopters, winning the Award for Tour and Transport Operators
Moonraker Dolphin Swims, winning the Ecotourism Award;and
Jeremy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill was named winner of
the Qantas Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Award.
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Five businesses were inducted into the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for
winning their category for three consecutive years. They are Melbourne Museum, Queen Victoria
Market (Suzuki Night Market), Peninsula Hot Springs, Max’s at Red Hill Estate; and Habitat HQ.
For a full list of winners and finalists visit www.victoriantourismawards.com.au