2017 Categories

Below are the categories for 2017 Awards Program. Category Toolkits, including tips and suggestions of what to include in your answers, will be sent to entrants once they nominate.

NATIONAL CATEGORIES

Gold medallists in these categories progress to represent Western Australia at a national level.

CATEGORY 1 | MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

This category recognises natural or built tourist attractions that attract amongst the highest visitor numbers during the qualifying period for Western Australia.
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CATEGORY 2 | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Sponsor: Hello Perth 
This category recognises natural or built tourist attractions that attract significant visitor numbers during the qualifying period for Western Australia.
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CATEGORY 3 | MAJOR FESTIVALS & EVENTS

This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that attract over 50,000 visitors, enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create substantial economic impact for the destination.
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CATEGORY 4 | FESTIVALS & EVENTS

This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that attract fewer than 50,000 visitors, enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create a significant economic impact for the destination.
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CATEGORY 5 | ECOTOURISM

Sponsor: Department of Parks and Wildlife
This category recognises ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
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CATEGORY 6 | CULTURAL TOURISM

This category recognises tourism operations that foster a greater understanding and appreciation of authentic culture, history, heritage and/or the arts.
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CATEGORY 7 | QANTAS AWARD FOR ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER TOURISM

This category recognises tourism operations that demonstrate authenticity and integrity in fostering a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and traditions.
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CATEGORY 8 | SPECIALISED TOURISM SERVICES

Sponsor: WA Weekender
This category recognises the outstanding delivery of specialised tourism services that enhance the visitor experience and integrate with other tourism products. Entry is open – but not limited to – service providers, tourism retailers and tourism websites.
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CATEGORY 9 | VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES

This category recognises the consistent delivery of face to face information services to the visitor. It is open to Visitor Information Centres/Tourist Offices, Local Tourist Associations and Regional Tourism Organisations.
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CATEGORY 10 | BUSINESS EVENT VENUES

This category recognises venues who provide high quality facilities specifically designed for business events e.g. meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
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CATEGORY 11 | MAJOR TOUR AND TRANSPORT OPERATORS

This category recognises a major contribution to tourism through the combined provision of touring and transport services. It is open to businesses with 15 or more annual fulltime equivalent employees.
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CATEGORY 12 | TOUR AND TRANSPORT OPERATORS

This category recognises a significant contribution to tourism through the combined provision of touring and transport services. It is open to businesses with fewer than 15 annual fulltime equivalent employees.
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CATEGORY 13 | ADVENTURE TOURISM

This category recognises outdoor adventure tourism experiences that involve visitor participation and a personal challenge.
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CATEGORY 14 | DESTINATION MARKETING

Sponsor: Countrywide Publications
This category recognises creativity and innovation in fully integrated destination marketing activities. This category is open to Regional Tourism Organisations, Local Tourist Associations, Visitor Information Centres, local government and organisations that are marketing on behalf of a destination.
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CATEGORY 15 | TOURISM RESTAURANTS & CATERING SERVICES

This category is open to all restaurants and catering services offering a tourism experience and/or servicing the tourism industry.  It is not a food award but does recognise a significant contribution to tourism through the provision of food and beverage. Entry is open – but not limited to – hotel or stand-alone restaurants, event caterers, pubs and cafés.
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CATEGORY 16 | TOURISM WINERIES, DISTILLERIES AND BREWERIES

This category recognises wineries, distilleries and breweries that offer a cellar door experience and create a significant contribution to tourism.
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CATEGORY 17 | CARAVAN AND HOLIDAY PARKS

This category recognises excellence in caravan or holiday parks that offer cabin and tenting accommodation and enhance the tourism experience in the destination.
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CATEGORY 18 | HOSTED ACCOMMODATION

This category is open to owner / operator accommodation providers offering a high degree of personal contact with guests. Entry is open – but not limited to – bed & breakfast, farm stay, cottage or other intimate, boutique, colonial or heritage accommodation.
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CATEGORY 19 | UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION

This category is open to properties developed around unconventional accommodation infrastructure. The focus of this this award is on the uniqueness of the tourism experience. Entry is open – but not limited to – tented holidays, houseboats, tree houses, underground accommodation and yacht charters.
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CATEGORY 20| SELF-CONTAINED ACCOMMODATION

This category recognises a single self-contained property offering guests the freedom of self-sufficiency. For companies that are managing groups of properties, it is recommended they focus on one of their properties or enter Specialised Tourism Services.
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CATEGORY 21| STANDARD ACCOMMODATION

Sponsor: Commonwealth Bank
This category is open – but not limited to – motels, hotels, self-catering, cabins, backpackers and pub accommodation. The focus of this award is on both the facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience.
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CATEGORY 22 | DELUXE ACCOMMODATION

This category is open to properties who achieve a deluxe guest experience which includes a wide range of facilities and superior design qualities, typically complemented by service standards that reflect the varied and discerning needs of the guest.
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CATEGORY 23 | LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

This category is open to properties that typify luxury across all areas of operation. Guests should enjoy an extensive range of facilities and comprehensive or highly personalised service relevant to the accommodation type. Properties at this level will display excellent design quality and attention to detail.
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CATEGORY 24 | NEW TOURISM BUSINESS

Sponsor: Arthur J Gallagher
This category recognises new tourism businesses that have commenced operations during the qualifying period. This award recognises excellence in the planning and development of new tourism infrastructure and/or services. (Tourism businesses that have commenced a new product or opened new infrastructure need to enter another category most applicable to the business).
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CATEGORY 25 | EXCELLENCE IN FOOD TOURISM

Sponsor: Tourism WA
This category is open to food producers, providores, tour operators, cooking schools, food attractions, farm gate experiences, farmers markets, trails and other food tourism experiences in Western Australia featuring Western Australian produce as the core component.
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The below categories will be acknowledged at a national level however will not compete.

CATEGORY 27 | TOURISM EDUCATION & TRAINING

Sponsor: WA Weekender
This category is open to individual tourism businesses and tourism education and other registered training providers working to raise professional standards within the tourism industry by delivering tourism training, including online.
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CATEGORY 28 | LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARD FOR TOURISM

Sponsor: WA Local Government Super
This category is open to all local government authorities and recognises excellence in tourism planning, the provision of tourism facilities and services, marketing, event development and management, and the overall contribution made both locally and overall to their State/Territory’s tourism industry.
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WA ONLY CATEGORIES

Gold medallists in these categories will not progress to the National Awards.

CATEGORY 26 | EXCELLENCE IN CHINESE TOURISM

This category recognises excellence in a tourism business’s ability to attract and service the China market in Western Australia.
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CATEGORY 32 | SIR DAVID BRAND AWARD FOR TOURISM

This award recognises the outstanding achievement by an organisation in promoting or servicing the Western Australian tourism industry.
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WA INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

CATEGORY 29 | FACET GOLDEN GUIDE AWARD

Sponsor: Department of Parks and Wildlife
The aim of this Award is to acknowledge individual excellence in tour guiding and raise the profile of this important profession. This category recognises the significant contribution quality tour guides make in providing memorable experiences to visitors through interpreting the natural and cultural environment in a responsible manner.
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CATEGORY 30 | SIR DAVID BRAND YOUNG ACHIEVER MEDAL

This Award recognises a person that has demonstrated extraordinary, personal and professional achievements and made a significant contribution to the Western Australian tourism industry.
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CATEGORY 31 | SIR DAVID BRAND MEDAL

This Award recognises a person that has demonstrated extraordinary, personal and professional achievements and made a significant contribution to the Western Australian tourism industry.
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