TASMANIAN tourism operators won more medals than any other state or territory at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Melbourne on Friday night.
Tasmania won seven gold, nine silver and three bronze medals.
The gold medal recipients and their categories were: Pumphouse Point for New Tourism Business; The Tasmanian Walking Company for EcoTourism; Curringa Farm Tours and Accommodation for Hosted Accommodation; Avalon Coastal Retreat for Self-Contained Accommodation; The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel for Deluxe Accommodation and for Business Events; and Bruny Island Cruises for Tourist Attraction.
Premier Will Hodgman said the awards recognised Tasmania ‘‘as the greatest destination in the country’’.
‘‘Tasmania was acclaimed for our natural attractions, both self-contained and high-end accommodation and our new ventures; proving that when we embrace what’s unique and remarkable about our state we are unbeatable,’’ Mr Hodgman said.
‘‘The Tasmanian government strongly backs our tourism industry because it creates jobs and drives economic growth, and showcases all that’s great about our state.’’