The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is celebrating major wins at the 2012 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, announced in Hobart on November 9.
The Site, one of Tasmania’s most recognisable and visited destinations, was named 2012’s best major tourist attraction, as well as Tasmania’s best heritage and cultural tourism experience.
The Authority was also recognised for its latest tourism offering, the Port Arthur Paranormal Investigation, which took out the best new tourism development award.
PAHSMA Chairman, Dr Barry Jones, said the awards were recognition of the hard work of the entire PAHSMA team, in what had been a difficult time for the tourism industry as a whole.
“While visitor numbers and revenue have been down, requiring us to do more with less, we have remained focused on delivering a great visitor experience at Port Arthur as well as innovating and introducing exciting new product offerings,” said Dr Jones.
“We are particularly delighted that our Port Arthur Paranormal Investigation Experience has been recognised. It has been a notable success since its launch last February. The monthly tours have been running at or near capacity throughout the winter, and we are now at the point of needing to add additional tours to meet demand.”
“On behalf of the Board I thank and congratulate all PAHSMA staff on the hard work that has won these awards, and on behalf of everyone at PAHSMA, extend our congratulations to all winners and finalists in what was a very competitive field at the Awards.”
The 2012 Tasmanian Tourism Award winners were selected by a panel of 24 judges with experience in the Tasmanian tourism and related industries. An impressive field of 93 finalists across 28 categories made up the competition. Entries for the Tasmanian Tourism Awards were open to all tourism businesses and individuals operating in Tasmania.
Tasmanian winners go on to represent the State at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be held in February at the Princes Wharf Shed No 1 in Hobart. This process allows star Tasmanian tourism products to gain National recognition.