BALDIVIS resident Emma Went won the prestigious Sir David Brand Young Achiever Medal at the WA Tourism Awards last Saturday night.
Ms Went is the operations and events manager for the Bell Tower, home of the Swan Bells, which won silver in the Cultural Tourism category.
With a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Murdoch University, Ms Went has worked at the tower for six years.
Starting in a casual position, she moved onto be a visitor service attendant, then administration and events co-ordinator and finally the role she currently holds.
During her time at the tower, Ms Went has been instrumental in the launch of the Love Locks, the increase in corporate, function and wedding business, and oversaw the launch of the new Bell Tower Experience tours.
“My passion for tourism began when I was quite young, with family holidays being my motivation to choose a career in this field,” she said.
“I have learnt a lot during the last six years at the Bell Tower and it is with enormous pride that I received this award for my work there.
“The Bell Tower is such an extraordinary venue and I feel very privileged to have started my career in such an iconic WA tourism attraction.”
The awards were held at a gala evening at Crown Perth.
Bell Tower manager Gerry Lyun said it has been a few difficult years due to surrounding works.