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Monday, 8 February 2016/Categories: News

The Mornington Peninsula region had great success at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards ceremony held in Melbourne on Friday 6th of February, with 5 tourism businesses winning top awards.  The event recognises not only the efforts of individual operators but also the collaborative efforts of the tourism industry across Australia.

Of the 28 Victorian finalists in the 2015 National Awards, eight were from the Mornington Peninsula (having won gold in their respective categories at the Victorian Tourism Awards). And of the 10 Gold winners of an Australian Tourism Award from Victoria, 5 were from the Mornington Peninsula!

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board has been an active supporter of the awards for a number of years with the region achieving great success. We are immensely proud of all businesses that submitted entries into the Awards. The Awards are a result of year on year improvement for each of the businesses and the process, which includes judge feedback, is a real asset for submitters.
We honour all the 2015 Mornington Peninsula finalists in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards; Aquabelle Apartments, Harmony Bed & Breakfast, Green Olive at Red Hill, Stillwater at Crittenden, Peninsula Hot Springs, Enchanted Adventure Garden, Searoad Ferries and the Wine Food Farmgate regional marketing campaign. The outstanding results from Friday night were:
Gold: Green Olive at Red Hill - Excellence in Food Tourism
Gold: Stillwater at Crittenden - Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Gold: Enchanted Adventure Garden - Adventure Tourism
Gold: Searoad Ferries - Major Tour and Transport Operators
Gold: Wine Food Farmgate - Destination Marketing
Bronze: Aquabelle Apartments - Self Contained Accommodation
Finalist: Harmony Bed & Breakfast - Hosted Accommodation
Finalist: Peninsula Hot Springs – Ecotourism

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board is immensely pleased with this outstanding result.  We know it is the talent in the individual businesses, their perseverance in continually building their business and the skill of their submission writing teams that make the magic.  We are pleased to be able to co-ordinate, provide a bit of guidance and where it's about the destination in marketing or visitor services, also lead the way in winning the awards.  It is without a doubt a successful and iconic partnership of which we should all be proud.