Record gold medal haul for WA at Australian Tourism Awards

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures owner Troy Thomas.
Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures owner Troy Thomas.

TROY Thomas, of Mandurah, is celebrating after his business Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in Launceston on Friday night.

Horizontal Falls won gold medals in three categories: Adventure Tourism, Tourist Attractions and Unique Accommodation.

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The tourism venture is set in the North West. It is the third time Horizontal Falls has won gold at the national awards and last year the company won three gold and two Hall of Fame awards at the WA Tourism Awards.

Albany hosted accommodation business Beach House at Bayside was also inducted into the Hall of Fame at the national awards.

Other tourism operators to win gold medals included Swan Valley Visitor Centre, Two Feet & a Hearbeat, Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences and Kimberley Quest.

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It was a record haul for tourism operators in WA, with eight gold medals, two silver medals and six bronze medals. It was the most successful National Awards appearance in the program’s 30-plus year history.

Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said WA’s success showed what the industry was capable of when new proposals were approved.

“When the State Government works with the tourism industry to approve new product and experiences, the industry is capable of developing exceptional, nation-leading product,” he said.

“Among tonight’s winners are innovative experiences developed over time.

“It is critical that the tourism industry is allowed and encouraged to develop new tourism product providing unique experiences to visitors.

“I’d like to congratulate all of tonight’s WA winners and finalists on their commitment to business innovation and excellence.”

Australian Tourism Awards gold medal winners:

The Beach House at Bayside – Hosted Accommodation

Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures – Adventure Tourism

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures – Tourist Attractions

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures – The Horizontal Hotel – Unique Accommodation

Kimberley Quest – Tour and Transport Operators

Swan Valley Visitor Centre – Visitor Information Services

Two Feet & a Heartbeat – Excellence in Food Tourism