Great South­ern tourism op­er­a­tors dom­i­nated the 2017 WA Tourism awards, bring­ing home a swag of tro­phies, and again putting the re­gion on the map.

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The Na­tional An­zac Cen­tre, the Lake House in Den­mark and the City of Al­bany were among many busi­nesses to take home WA Tourism awards on Sat­ur­day night.

The best of tourism in Western Aus­tralian was cel­e­brated on Sat­ur­day at the 2017 Perth Air­port WA Tourism Awards Gala Din­ner with 29 gold medals and two in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades awarded to in­dus­try lead­ers at Crown Perth.

The awards show­case the best in the in­dus­try and are judged on out­stand­ing cus­tomer ser­vice, in­no­va­tion and on­go­ing busi­ness ex­cel­lence.

Tourism Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Evan Hall said each and ev­ery year the awards were con­tended by high-cal­i­bre and in­dus­try-lead­ing busi­nesses who ded­i­cated their lives to show­cas­ing the State to visi­tors.

“Ev­ery­one who en­ters the awards is pas­sion­ate about of­fer­ing amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to our visi­tors and we con­tinue to see great di­ver­sity among the busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who en­ter the awards, and ul­ti­mately take home the medals, each year,” he said.

“The awards pro­gram has a long-held his­tory of recog­nis­ing the great qual­ity among our tourism op­er­a­tors, which it has done now for 45 years.”

The Na­tional An­zac Cen­tre took home a bronze medal in the Ma­jor At­trac­tions cat­e­gory and the Mu­seum of the Great South­ern, Western Aus­tralian Mu­seum won bronze for Cul­tural Tourism.

The Lake House in Den­mark took home a gold medal for Tou- rism Restau­rants and Cater­ing Ser­vices and a sil­ver in the Tourism Winer­ies, Dis­til­leries and Brew­eries cat­e­gory and the Ex­cel­lence in Food Tourism.

The City of Al­bany won gold in the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Award for Tourism.

Gold medal­lists in cat­e­gories 1 to 25 will rep­re­sent WA at the Qan­tas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards at Perth Sta­dium on Fe­bru­ary 23.

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