The state's often overlooked West Coast has been recognised for its fast growing tourism sector.
Four operators from the region including the West Coast Wilderness Railway and Gordon River Cruises won gold at the 2019 Tasmanian Tourism Awards at Wrest Point last night.
There were also 3 winners from the East Coast, as well as the usual suspects from Hobart and Launceston.
"The high calibre of Tasmania’s tourism industry was on display, with award winners spanning the length and breadth of the State," Premier Will Hodgman said.
"Congratulations to all of this year’s Tasmanian Tourism Awards winners for again setting the very high benchmark that makes our tourism industry the best in the country. The quality of our attractions and experiences outside is what sets us apart from anywhere else, and our tourism operators are the driver behind the success of our visitor economy," he said.
Assistant Federal Minister for Regional Tourism Jonathon Duniam is delighted with the success of less well-known parts of Tasmania
"Getting people out of the major population centres is critical to the future of our sustainable tourism," he said.
Award winners by region:
Major Tourist Attractions — Port Arthur Historic Site
Major Festivals and Events — Australian Wooden Boat Festival
Cultural Tourism — Hadley’s Orient Hotel
Caravan and Holiday Parks — NMRA Port Arthur Holiday Park
Business Events Venue — The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Major Tour and Transport Operators — Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Adventure Tourism — Roaring 40s Kayaking
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries — Bangor Vineyard Shed
Hosted Accommodation — Ashdowns of Dover
Standard Accommodation — ibis Styles Hobart
Deluxe Accommodation — MACq01 Hotel
Excellence in Food Tourism — Coal River Farm
2019 Tasmanian Tourism Champion for the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Tasmanian Tourism Industry – Vin Barron
Specialist Tourism Services — Launceston Airport
Destination Marketing — Mona Foma: Air Mofo
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services — Peppers Silo Hotel
Gustav Award for New Tourism Business — Stillwater SEVEN
Minister’s Tourism Young Achiever for 2019 – Bianca Welsh
Visitor Information Centre — Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre
Tourist Attractions — West Coast Wilderness Railway
Festivals and Events — The Unconformity
Tour and Transport Operators — Gordon River Cruises
People’s Choice — Strahan ATV Adventures
Eco-tourism — Maria Island Walk
Unique Accommodation — Rocky Hills Retreat
Self Contained Accommodation — Avalon Coastal Retreat