Top tourism trio honoured: WA Tourism Awards

Chocolate Drops owner Sue Dash (right) with staff member Loren Bekisz. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d445016
Chocolate Drops owner Sue Dash (right) with staff member Loren Bekisz. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d445016

THREE local businesses were announced as finalists in the 2015 WA Tourism Awards at an industry function last Thursday.

Joondalup Resort was named in the business event venues category, Hillarys-based Mills Charters was named in the adventure tourism category and Yanchep’s Chocolate Drops was named in two categories – specialised tourism services and excellence in Chinese tourism.

This is the first time the awards have included the excellence in Chinese tourism category, created to reward businesses with a commitment to extending high-quality and culturally appropriate services to the Chinese market.

“With a fast-growing middle class which is eager to travel, the Chinese market is extremely important to WA and with that comes the importance of being able to appropriately service Chinese visitors,” Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said.

Chocolate Drops owner Sue Dash said the team was “so proud” the small business was named in two categories.

“Chocolate Drops celebrates 10 years in December within The Tearooms at Yanchep National Park, where we have slowly but surely developed a niche market with the handmade chocolates concept concentrating on a ‘Made in Australia’ theme,” she said.

Edith Cowan University’s events, hospitality and tourism program was the only finalist named in the tourism education and training category.

Winners will be announced on November 14.