Northern Tasmania's tourism operators have come out on top at the annual industry awards.
It comes after a difficult 18 months for Tasmanian tourism operators, with international and interstate border closures cutting the industry off to tourists.
Across a range of categories, Northern Tasmania collected seven gold medals, with winners to proceed as finalists to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
Tourism, Hospitality and Events Minister Sarah Courtney said the awards showcased the best of Tasmania's tourism industry.
"There is no doubt the last 18 months have been some of the most difficult for our visitor economy, and I am in awe the resilience and determination shown by those in the tourism industry to overcome these challenges," Ms Courtney said.
"The quality of our attractions and our unique experiences is what sets us apart from the rest of the world."
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said the results demonstrated the resilience of Northern Tasmania's tourism sector through a difficult two years.
Mr Martin said Junction Arts Festival stood out as a landmark event, as one of the few major events held through the pandemic.
"This award is a fitting testament to their capacity to adapt to the challenges of COVID and still deliver an outstanding tourism and cultural event for Launceston," he said.
One of Tasmania's oldest visitor attractions, the Gorge Scenic Chairlift won gold for Best Tourist Attraction- beating out its newer competitors.
"The chairlift is still one of those attractions that everyone who visits Launceston really must tick off their bucket list," Mr Martin said.
"Any recognition for the magnificent Gorge can only be a good thing for the whole region."
One of the standouts from the list of award winners was waukalina Walks- taking home gold in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Category.
The four-day, three-night cultural experience in the state's North-East is the first Tasmanian Aboriginal owned and operated business to win a Tasmanian Tourism Award.
Mr Martin said all the winners were worthy of praise, having survived and thrived under exceptional circumstances.
"What is true across every category winner this year, is they have all had to respond to extraordinary disruption and uncertainty within their business over the past 18-months," he said.
"Winning these awards is testament to the fact these operators have not stood still over these difficult months, but rather innovated, adapted, tried new things, entered new markets, and are all now coming through the other side with even more resilient tourism businesses."
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