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Cable Beach, Rottnest Island take top tourism awards

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Broome’s Cable Beach Resort has taken top honours at this year’s tourism awards, also receiving recognition for its business and conference facilities, restaurant and catering services, and luxury accommodation.

Cable Beach, Rottnest Island take top tourism awards

Broome’s Cable Beach Resort has taken top honours at this year’s tourism awards, also receiving recognition for its business and conference facilities, restaurant and catering services, and luxury accommodation.

Rottnest Island won the major tourist attraction and heritage and cultural tourism award and the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro won the award for major festival and event.

In total 77 awards were given out at the 2014 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards over the weekend, including Cable Beach Resort taking home the Sir David Brand award.

Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the state government had a strategy to growing the amount spent by visitors to WA from $8.3 billion currently to $12 billion by 2020.

Cable Beach Resort general manager hospitality Ron Sedon told Business News while the majority of its patronage came from leisure visitors, the resort managed to re-attract people who originally attended for business and came back for a holiday.

He said the Broome region benefitted from direct flights from Perth and eastern cities and many tourism operators provided activities for visitors, including those that Cable Beach Club Resort helped support.

“We on-sell and on-contract to local suppliers to a high level. I think we share the wealth around the time quite admirably,” Mr Sedon said.

A full list of this year's winners is below:

Category 1 – Major Tourist Attractions – Sponsored by The Sunday Times

  • Gold - Rottnest Island
  • Silver – Fremantle Prison
  • Bronze - The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells, Perth

Category 2 – Tourist Attractions – Sponsored by Hello Perth & Fremantle

  • Gold – Ocean Park Aquarium
  • Silver – Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
  • Bronze – Whiteman Park

Category 3 – Major Festivals and Events – Sponsored by The Sunday Times

  • Gold – 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
  • Silver – Rottnest Channel Swim
  • Bronze – Velofest Western Australia

Category 4 – Festivals and Events – Sponsored by OAMPS Insurance Brokers

  • Gold – Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster
  • Silver – Taste Great Southern
  • Bronze – City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks

Category 5 – Ecotourism - Sponsored by Department of Parks and Wildlife

  • Gold – Out of Sight Tours
  • Silver – Rockingham Wild Encounters
  • Bronze – Sail Ningaloo

Category 6 – Heritage and Cultural Tourism – Sponsored by National Trust Australia WA

  • Gold – The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells, Perth
  • Silver – Rottnest Island
  • Bronze – Fremantle Prison

Category 7 – Indigenous Tourism – Sponsored by WAITOC

  • Gold – Koomal Dreaming
  • Silver – Uptuyu Adventures
  • Bronze – Brian Lee Tagalong Tours

Category 8 – Specialised Tourism Services – Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce & Industry

  • Gold – Vasse Virgin
  • Silver – Chocolate Drops
  • Bronze – Crystal Swan

Category 9 – Visitor Information and Services – Sponsored by Ascert

  • Gold – Geographe Bay Tourism Association
  • Silver – Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre
  • Bronze – Fremantle Visitor Centre

Category 10 – Meetings and Business Tourism – Sponsored by Perth Convention Bureau

Category 11 – Major Tour and/or Transport Operators – Sponsored by Budget Car and Truck Rentals

  • Gold – ADAMS
  • Silver – APT
  • Bronze – Kimberley Wild Expeditions

Category 12 – Tour and/or Transport Operators – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA

  • Gold – Top Drop Tours
  • Silver – Triple J Tours
  • Bronze – Country Escapes in WA Tours

Category 13 – Adventure Tourism – Sponsored by Lion

  • Gold – Southern Skydivers
  • Silver - Skydive Jurien Bay
  • Bronze – Sail Ningaloo

Category 14 – Destination Marketing – Sponsored by Countrywide Publications

  • Gold – Australia’s North West Tourism: Characters of the Kimberley
  • Silver – Perth City – Get to Know Me
  • Bronze – Rottnest Is the Simple Pleasures

Category 16 – Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA

Category 17 - Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries – Sponsored by CMS Events

  • Gold – CORE Cider House
  • Silver – Sandalford Wines
  • Bronze – Elmar’s in the Valley

Category 18 – Tourist and Caravan Parks – Sponsored by Caravan Industry Association WA

  • Gold - Big4 Peppermint Park

Category 19 – Backpacker Accommodation – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA

  • Gold - Beaches of Broome
  • Silver – Kangaroo Inn

Category 20 – Hosted Accommodation – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA

  • Gold – Hideaway Haven
  • Silver – Fawkes House
  • Bronze – Lavendale Farm 

Category 21 – Unique Accommodation – Sponsored by National Australia Bank

  • Gold – The Berkeley River Lodge
  • Silver – Faraway Bay
  • Bronze – Sail Ningaloo

Category 22 – Standard Accommodation – Sponsored by Staragencies

  • Gold – Cottesloe Beach Hotel
  • Silver – Perth Ambassador Hotel
  • Bronze – Amalfi Beach Resort Busselton

Category 23 – Deluxe Accommodation – Sponsored by WhatsON Group

  • Gold – Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments
  • Silver – Citadines St Georges Terrace Perth
  • Bronze – Sunmoon Boutique Resort

Category 24 – Luxury Accommodation – Sponsored by Scoop Publishing

Category 25 – New Tourism Development – Sponsored by Small Business Development Corporation

  • Gold – Segway Tours WA
  • Silver – Abyss at Adventure World
  • Bronze – Fervor

Category 26 – Qantas Award For Excellence in Sustainable Tourism - Sponsored by Qantas

  • Winner - APT

Category 27 – Local Government Award for Tourism – Sponsored by WA Local Super

  • Gold - City of Fremantle
  • Silver – Shire of Irwin
  • Bronze – City of Albany 

Category 28 – Excellence in Food Tourism – Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

  • Gold – Vino Foods - The Lakehouse Denmark
  • Silver – Kalamunda Farmers Market
  • Bronze – Eat Drink Perth

FACET Golden Guide Award – Sponsored by Department of Parks and Wildlife

  • Winner – Loris Harding – Taste Bud Tours

Sir David Brand Medal

  • Winner – Jeff Hayley – Triple J Tours

Sir David Brand Award for Tourism – Sponsored by City of Perth

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