There are 25 categories to choose from, each with their own category description and set of questions.
It is recommended that entrants review the category descriptor and questions and select the category which is best suited to their tourism business/experience. If you are not sure please call the Awards Coordinator, Sam Denmead on 0400 224 942.
The questions sheets provide the value of each question as well as some TIPS on how to answer each of the questions. Entrants will need to complete their question answers directly onto the Australian Tourism Awards entry portal.
1. Major Tourist Attractions
This category recognises natural or built tourist attractions that attract among the highest visitor numbers during the qualifying period for Tasmania.
This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that attract over 50,000 visitors, enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create substantial economic impact for the destination.
This category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that attract fewer than 50,000 visitors, enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create a significant economic impact for the destination.
7. Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism
This category recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism operations that demonstrate authenticity and cultivate a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and traditions.
This category recognises the outstanding delivery of specialised or distinct tourism product/service that enhances the visitor experience and integrates with other tourism products. This category is only open to those businesses who do not meet the criteria of any of the other awards categories. Entrants in this category could include - but not limited to - service providers, shopping precincts, retailers, online information and booking systems, member services, money exchange services, language and interpreter services. (updated for 2018)
This category recognises the consistent delivery of high quality and face to face information services to the visitor. It is open to Visitor Information Centres/Tourist Offices, Local Tourist Associations and Regional Tourism Organisations.
This category recognises a major contribution to tourism through the combined provision of touring and transport services. It is open to businesses with 15 or more annual full time equivalent employees.
This category recognises a significant contribution to tourism through the combined provision of touring and transport services. It is open to businesses with fewer than 15 annual full time equivalent employees.
This category recognises creativity and innovation in fully integrated destination marketing activities. This category is open to Regional Tourism Organisations, Local Tourist Associations, Visitor Information Centres, local government and marketing alliances.
This category is open to all restaurants and catering services offering a tourism experience and/or servicing the tourism industry. It is not a food award but does recognise a significant contribution to tourism through the provision of food and beverage. Entry is open – but not limited to – hotel or stand-alone restaurants, event caterers, pubs and cafés.
This category is open to owner/operator accommodation providers offering a high degree of personal contact with guests. Entry is open – but not limited to – bed & breakfast, farm stay, cottage or other intimate, boutique, colonial or heritage accommodation.
This category is open to properties developed around unconventional accommodation infrastructure. The focus of this award is on the uniqueness of the tourism experience. Entry is open – but not limited to – tented holidays, houseboats, tree houses, underground accommodation and yacht charters.
This category recognises operators of a quality stand-alone self-contained property offering guests with non-serviced accommodation and the freedom of self-sufficiency. Properties may include a cabin, lodge and house. Serviced apartments, hotels and resorts should consider entry into one of categories 21-24 which best fit their product.
For companies that are managing multiple self-contained properties it is recommended they focus on one of their properties or enter Specialised Tourism Services category as a service provider. (updated for 2018).
This category is open – but not limited to – motels, hotels, self-catering, cabins, backpackers and pub accommodation. The focus of this award is on both the facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience.
This category is open to properties who achieve a deluxe guest experience which includes a wide range of facilities and superior design qualities, typically complemented by service standards that reflect the varied and discerning needs of the guest.
This category is open to properties that typify luxury across all areas of operation. Guests should enjoy an extensive range of facilities and comprehensive or highly personalised service relevant to the accommodation type. Properties at this level will display excellent design quality and attention to detail.
This category recognises new tourism businesses that have commenced trading, visitation or service delivery during the qualifying period. This award recognises excellence in the planning and development of new tourism infrastructure and/or services. Tourism businesses that have commenced a new product or opened new infrastructure need to enter another category most applicable to the business.
This category is open to food producers, providores, tour operators, cooking schools, food attractions, farm gate experiences, farmers markets, trails and other food tourism experiences in Tasmania, featuring Tasmanian produce as the core component.