NGA takes out top tourism award

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THE National Gallery of Australia, Floriade and the Royal Australian Mint all received major prizes at the ACT’s tourism awards tonight. 

The winners of the Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards were announced at a ceremony at the National Gallery of Australia.

The awards, which the ACT Government funds and helps administer, acknowledge excellence in the local tourism sector, which contributes more than $1.3 billion to the territory’s economy annually and employs more than 15,000 people.

The National Gallery was named as Canberra’s best tourist attraction, with winners of the awards going on to represent the Canberra and Capital Region at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart in February 2013.

Full list:

Major Tourist Attraction Winner: National Gallery of Australia
Commendation: Kosciuszko National Park
Tourist Attractions Winner: Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
Commendation:  Royal Australian Mint
Major Festivals and Events Winner: Floriade 2011 – A Feast for the Senses
Specialised Tourism Services Winner: Canberra Glassworks
Commendation: Handmade Canberra
Visitor Information Services Winner: Southern Highlands Visitor Information Centre
Tourism Education and Training Winner: Canberra Institute of Technology Tourism and Hotel Management
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
Commendation: Mount Majura Vineyard
Unique accommodation Commendation: Elm Cottage
Deluxe accommodation  Winner: Diamant Hotel
Commendation: Novotel Canberra
Luxury accommodation Winner: Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel
Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
Winner: Novotel Canberra
Tourism Education Program Winner: Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
Commendation: Royal Australian Mint Education Program
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Winner: Allan Williams
Young Achiever Award Winner: Teone Nutt
Visitor Experience Award Winners:  Elm Cottage, Southern Highlands Visitor Information Centre, Canberra and Region Visitors Centre

For information see: www.canberratourismawards.com.au

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