Curtin Springs were the big winners at the 2017 Brolga Awards taking out several categories including Tourist Attraction, Hosted Accommodation and the Chairman’s Choice for Outstanding Tourism Excellence. Owner Peter Severin was awarded the Tourism Minister’s Perpetual Trophy (also known as The Big Bird).
NT Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, said Peter was one of the first tourism people to recognise the value of Uluru and played a major role establishing infrastructure in the late 1950s.
“Tourism is a key economic driver for the Territory, providing employment, directly or indirectly, to more than 17,000 people – 12 per cent of the NT’s workforce,” Ms Moss said.
“The passion shown by our tourism operators is a wonderful reflection of our incredible attractions, tours, unique experiences and culture in the NT. I congratulate all of tonight’s winners and wish you luck as you progress to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in 2018.”
A total of 19 businesses and three individuals were winners at the 31st Brolga Awards which recognise tourism excellence.
The world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park won the Brolga for best Major Tourist Attraction for the second year running as did World Expeditions for best Ecotourism business and Darwin Convention Centre for the Business Event Venues Award. Managed by global venue specialists AEG Ogden this architecturally stunning facility boasts multi-purpose and flexible event spaces.
Venture North Australia, a business that operates small charters and an ecotourism and fishing camp on the Cobourg Peninsula won the Cultural Tourism Award for the 8th consecutive year. Head Guide David McMahon was also awarded the Skal Darwin Employee Award.
Uluru Camel Tours won the Adventure Tourism category and owner Chris Hill won the George Dunne Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.
Uluru Chinese Tours, the largest dedicated Chinese touring company in the NT were awarded the Specialised Tourism Services Award. Delivering tours in both Mandarin and Cantonese they also operate Uluru Wedding Photography Tours.
Guests at the gala ceremony were entertained by local acts Apakatjah and Wolfpack Amadeus with Tom Curtin from Katherine Outback Experience performing his new single Territory Time.
Business category winners will now represent the Northern Territory at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards with winners announced in Perth in February 2018.
Source: NT Government