SWAN Valley businesses and tourism attractions have been the big winners across the board with the Swan Valley Visitor Centre (SVVC), Sandalford Wines and Entopia Wines, Whiteman Park and The Maze at Outback Splash all named as finalists in the 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.
Finalists for the awards were named at an event attended by more than 150 tourism operators and industry representatives at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough with the winners to be announced at a gala dinner on November 11 at Crown Perth.
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the SVVC’s nomination demonstrates its value as one of Australia’s leading visitor centres for visitors and locals alike.
“The SVVC was awarded gold in the WA Tourism Awards in 2009–2011, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012 and awarded silver at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in 2012,” he said.
“The last few years has seen the SVVC secure China Ready Accreditation and continue adding value to its service and innovation.”
Cr Wainwright said the level one accredited centre continues to deliver an unmatched quality of visitor service with their staff managing 516,027 enquiries during 2016/17.
“To once again be a finalist for such a prestigious industry award motivates us to keep setting the benchmark in visitor servicing, nationally.”
According to Cr Wainwright the Swan Valley is a significant Australian tourism region that continues to attract millions of visitors each year.
“In 2016/17, the Swan Valley accounted for 7.5 per cent of the tourism industry’s Gross Value Added contribution to the WA economy,” he said.
“It also recorded 3.1 million visitors and generated $421 million in visitor spending.”
For more than 40 years the WA Tourism Awards has been acknowledging excellence in the tourism industry.
The awards highlight the quality and diversity of tourism attractions, amenities and experiences that WA has to offer.
They also recognise the outstanding customer service, innovation and business excellence demonstrated by tourism operators.
For more information about the SVVC, visit www.swanvalley.com.au or call 9207 8899.