Port Arthur best in national heritage tourism

October 21, 2005

The Port Arthur Historic Site has won the Australian Tourism and Travel Award 2005 in the new Best Heritage Tourism category.

Parks and Heritage Minister Judy Jackson said it is very pleasing for PAHSMA to be recognised in this way as it is one of the most important intact heritage sites in Australia.

“Port Arthur is one of Tasmania’s premier tourist attractions but it is also a remarkable window to history, showing how convicts helped to shape Australia,” she said.

The competition was run by The Australian newspaper, supported by Qantas and Mastercard International.

Readers of The Australian were asked to vote for a shortlisted selection in specific categories covering such areas as accommodation, family focused tourism, culinary experiences, as well as others.

Port Arthur was nominated in the “Best Heritage Tourism” category and it was up against such sites as the Old Parliament House and Portrait Gallery in Canberra and the Immigration Museum in Melbourne.

Mrs Jackson said the State Government’s funding program for Port Arthur, with an allocation of $2 million each year for five years acknowledged the site’s heritage values as well as the need to be able to respond to increasing levels of tourism.

PAHSMA Chief Executive Officer Stephen Large accepted the award in Sydney last night.