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Awards recognise excellence in tourism

By Canfan - 5 December 2014 8

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The 2014 Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards were announced at a gala presentation at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday night.

The awards celebrate the diverse Canberra region tourism experiences offered by an industry that contributes over $1.8 billion annually and employs more than 17,000 Canberrans.

This year saw a partnership with the National Capital Attractions Association (NCAA) to provide further support to entrants which resulted in a significant increase in the number of entrants.

The awards give tourism industry members a vehicle to promote and reward tourism operators while also providing significant support to continue to grow their businesses. A vibrant tourism sector is essential as we aim to reach our target to grow overnight tourism expenditure in the ACT to $2.5 million by 2020.

The award winners will represent the Canberra and Capital Region at the Australian Tourism Awards in Adelaide next April.

Award winners by category are:

  • Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre (Tourist Attractions)
  • Mapping our World: Terra Incognita to Australia, National Library of Australia (Major Festivals and
    Events)
  • 2014 National Folk Festival (Festivals and Events)
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (Ecotourism)
  • Canberra Airport (Specialised Tourism Services)
  • Canberra Institute of Technology (Tourism Education and Training)
  • Hotel Realm (Luxury Accommodation)
  • Hotel Hotel (New Tourism Development)
  • Novotel Canberra (Qantas Award for Sustainable Tourism)
  • Yass Valley Council (Local Government Award for Tourism)
  • Capital Region Farmers Market (Excellence in Food Tourism)
  • Dr Ron Radford AM (Outstanding Contribution by an Individual)
  • Megan Rodd and Laura Raine (Young Achiever Award)
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Four Winds Vineyard and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery (Visitor
    Experience Award)

The ACT Government, through VisitCanberra, supports the awards by funding and administering the awards process as well as providing a range of value added initiatives.

The awards would not be possible without the support and sponsorship of local and national businesses.

(Andrew Barr Media Release)

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8 Responses to
Awards recognise excellence in tourism
Pork Hunt 8:38 pm 07 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

What happened to the Arboretum?
Despite over $100m being spent on it it didn’t get a gong.

Have you ever planted a tree?

Yes, I have planted lots of trees-and your point is?

Trees take a year or three to grow to maturity so I’d expect the Canberra Arboretum to NOT win any awards for a while.

The only tree that I know of that reaches maturity in 3 years is bamboo. Some of those exotic trees will take 20 years to mature.
The arboretum has become more about being an entertainment, wedding ceromony & eating destination than a haven for woody plants for the enjoyment of tourists.

My goodness, you are impossible. I shan’t darken your door step of comment again!

dungfungus 6:15 pm 07 Dec 14

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

What happened to the Arboretum?
Despite over $100m being spent on it it didn’t get a gong.

Have you ever planted a tree?

Yes, I have planted lots of trees-and your point is?

Trees take a year or three to grow to maturity so I’d expect the Canberra Arboretum to NOT win any awards for a while.

The only tree that I know of that reaches maturity in 3 years is bamboo. Some of those exotic trees will take 20 years to mature.
The arboretum has become more about being an entertainment, wedding ceromony & eating destination than a haven for woody plants for the enjoyment of tourists.

Pork Hunt 4:22 pm 07 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

What happened to the Arboretum?
Despite over $100m being spent on it it didn’t get a gong.

Have you ever planted a tree?

Yes, I have planted lots of trees-and your point is?

Trees take a year or three to grow to maturity so I’d expect the Canberra Arboretum to NOT win any awards for a while.

dungfungus 8:20 am 07 Dec 14

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

What happened to the Arboretum?
Despite over $100m being spent on it it didn’t get a gong.

Perhaps after the Arboretum has had a chance to grow some more. It will be spectacular one day, but it isn’t yet.

When you say “has a chance to grow some more” what exactly do you mean?
Are you suggesting that somehow my negative comments are an impediment to normal growth?
I am not a horticultural expert but driving past the place regularly I am of the opinion that a lot of the exotic varieties simply will not survive let alone flourish. A lot more native trees should have been planted.
Also, the infrastructure developments continue. The plant and equipment that is visible close to the Tuggeranong Parkway would cost at least $1,500 per hour to hire.

dungfungus 8:14 am 07 Dec 14

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

What happened to the Arboretum?
Despite over $100m being spent on it it didn’t get a gong.

Have you ever planted a tree?

Yes, I have planted lots of trees-and your point is?

Maya123 3:47 pm 06 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

What happened to the Arboretum?
Despite over $100m being spent on it it didn’t get a gong.

Perhaps after the Arboretum has had a chance to grow some more. It will be spectacular one day, but it isn’t yet.

Pork Hunt 3:37 pm 06 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

What happened to the Arboretum?
Despite over $100m being spent on it it didn’t get a gong.

Have you ever planted a tree?

dungfungus 12:28 pm 06 Dec 14

What happened to the Arboretum?
Despite over $100m being spent on it it didn’t get a gong.

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