Central Australian tourism businesses have taken out several category wins in the 25th annual Brolga Tourism Awards, announced in Alice Springs last night.
First time entrant Alice Springs Airport won the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism. Two other first timers won in their category: Alice Springs YHA for Backpacker Accommodation; and Rapid Ascent, organisers of the Ingkerreke Commercial Mountain Bike Enduro for Festival and Events.
In contrast to these newcomers, MacDonnell Range Holiday Park took out the Tourist and Caravan Parks category for the 20th time in 25 years, while Ian and Lyn Conway, owners of King’s Creek Station, received the Tourism Minister’s Perpetual Trophy, which recognises long term personal and professional commitment and dedication.
But Shadow Minister for Central Australia, Matt Conlan, says the Brolgas "failed to mask the cracks that have developed in the Centre’s tourism industry over the past decade.
“The industry in Central Australia has been in decline for years and now some tourism operators say they could hit the wall if there isn’t a significant short term improvement."
Pictured: Entrance to the Alice Springs Airport, showing recently installed public art work.