Tourism accolades prove region is tourist oriented

Qantas Founders Museum was recognised as being in the top 10 per cent of tourist attractions in the world.

Calculatedbased on the millions of TripAdvisor reviews from 2019, award winners are recognisedfor consistently receiving high standard feedback from users worldwide based onthe travel businesses’ five-star rating system.

SeveralLongreach tourism and hospitality businesses were awarded the global honour,including Outback Pioneers, Outback Aussie Tours, Darcy’s Diner, Merino Bakery,Harry’s Restaurant, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback HeritageCentre, and Qantas Founders Museum.

Chiefcommercial officer at TripAdvisor, Kanika Soni, said it is important torecognise these award winners.

“Winnersof the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguishedrecognition,” Ms Soni said.

“Althoughit’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrateour partners’ achievements. Award winners are loved for their exceptionalservice and quality.

“Notonly are these winner well deserving, they are also a great source ofinspiration for travellers as the world begins to venture out again.”

CEOof Qantas Founders Museum, Tony Martin, said it was gratifying to receive anhonour based on visitor reviews.

“QantasFounders Museum is thrilled to be a Travellers’ Choice Award Winner and be recognisedas one of the top 10 per cent attractions worldwide,” Mr Martin said.

“Ourmuseum is committed to telling the incredible history of Qantas in new andexciting ways that our guests will enjoy and remember.

“Wewould also like to thank all our customers who have visited, reviewed andsupported our museum not just in 2019, but since we opened our doors in 1996.”

LongreachMayor, Tony Rayner, said it was fantastic to see small and large businessoperators like Mr Martin embrace the tourism economy, believing the recentpartnership with Winton Shire Council will only enhance regional tourism.

“It’sno surprise that our tourism industry is being recognised in this way,” CrRayner said. “With so many first-rate attractions and operators, our region isleading the way in what is an extremely competitive industry for Queensland.

“It’salso great to see more of our region’s small businesses embracing the visitoreconomy and delivering these award-winning levels of service. It demonstratesthat we’ve come of age as a destination.

“We’veinvested more in tourism marketing post-restrictions, primarily through ourjoint campaign with Winton, reaching metro and regional markets. You can seethe results. More people from more diverse markets are visiting and discoveringwhat our region has to offer.

“Itwill be exciting to see how this changes our industry for the better in thelong term.”