Tasmania claims eight golds at national tourism awards | The Examiner

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The Blue Derby Pods Ride has been recognized on the national stage for its innovation and resilience. The tourist attraction won the judge’s choice award at the Australian tourism awards where eight other Tasmanian attractions won gold in their categories. The Wonders of Wynyard took out the visitor information services award and Gordon River cruises won their first Australian tourism award in the tour and transport operators. Pumphouse Point, Saffire Freycinet, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Mures Tasmania and Coal River Farm all won gold. “Tasmania’s leading tourism operators have once again dominated the industry’s national awards, further cementing the state’s reputation for outstanding tourism,” Tourism Industry Council Tasmania CEO Luke Martin said. “Tasmanian tourism operators won gold in eight of the 25 categories, along with a further seven silver and bronze medals.” King Island’s Kittawa Lodge won silver as a new tourism business and the Tasmanian Walking Company won bronze in the ecotourism category. “Those who’ve experienced the Gordon River Cruise know just how extraordinary it is and winning gold acknowledges that fact on the national stage,” West by North West CEO Tom Wootton said. “For Wonders of Wynyard to receive this recognition is an exciting and much-deserved outcome. “The significance of Kittawa Lodge winning silver in the category of new tourism business should not be underestimated. It’s perhaps the most competitive and challenging category, as it spans all types of tourism business; but it’s also a reflection of the excitement currently surrounding King Island as a destination on its way up.”