City celebrates back-to-back WA Tourism awards
The City of Kalamunda maintained its winning streak for promoting Perth Hills as a premier tourism destination taking home Gold for the second year at the 2019 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards held at Crown Perth on 9 November.
The City was announced as a category finalist in September along with silver and bronze winners, City of Albany and Shire of Toodyay, in the category of Excellence in Local Government Tourism.
The 2019 awards, which showcase the best in outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence, were presented in front of industry peers and tourism operators from across the State.
City of Kalamunda Mayor Cr Margaret Thomas said winning back-to-back awards is an amazing achievement.
“Our Experience Perth Hills brand promotes the City and Perth Hills as a unique tourism destination right on Perth’s doorstep and what we’ve seen over the past 12-months is how the campaign has really resonated with locals, day-trippers and international visitors,” Mayor Thomas said.
“Winning the award again recognises the collaborative efforts of everyone involved from City staff to the many dedicated, passionate volunteers who come together under a shared vision to promote the region as a remarkable community space for people to engage with nature, culture and the arts.”
The City, which owns the Experience Perth Hills brand and operates the Perth Hills Visitor Centre and other key attractions, recently formalised its vision and commitment to raising its tourism profile through the release of a Tourism Development Strategy. The strategy was developed in consultation with community and key tourism players and launched last month.
“Our region is known for its stunning bush landscapes and heritage trails but we want to evolve our reputation to being more contemporary showcasing our amazing artists and retailers and the many world-class attractions and facilities including, restaurants, wineries and cideries,” Mayor Thomas said.
“The Perth Hills has so much to offer and it’s thrilling and pleasing to receive recognition through this award.”
The City recently wrapped up the Perth Hills Spring Festival, showcasing the best of tourism through events and activations in the Perth Hills region over five weeks.
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We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.