Crab Fest wins gold again at Tourism Awards

City of Mandurah's Graeme Davies, councillor Ron Wortley, Claire Taylor, CEO Mark Newman and councillor Peter Jackson. Photo: Supplied.
City of Mandurah's Graeme Davies, councillor Ron Wortley, Claire Taylor, CEO Mark Newman and councillor Peter Jackson. Photo: Supplied.

The Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest has won gold for the third year in a row at the Perth Airport Western Australia Tourism Awards.

Celebrating 20 years this year, Crab Fest once again received the award for Major Festivals and Events at the Tourism Council of WA gala dinner in Perth.

Crab Fest will now go on to represent WA at the Australian Tourism Awards in Launceston next year.

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Mandurah Boat & Bike Hire also won bronze in the Specialised Tourism Services category on the night.

Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams said he was proud of his team, local businesses and the community for their hard work towards Crab Fest.

“The awards recognise WA’s leading tourism operators and it’s an honour for the city to be acknowledged on this level,” he said.

“Crab Fest is a significant event which contributes to WA’s tourism calendar.

"I would also like to congratulate Mandurah Boat & Bike Hire and Mandurah Cruises for their award nominations on the night.”

Mr Williams said Crab Fest was a unique and outstanding event.

“It is the only crab festival in Australia and is WA’s largest free event,” he said.

“Each year the festival showcases Mandurah to national and international markets, promoting our amazing waterways, unique landscapes, home grown produce and relaxed alfresco lifestyle.

“This year more than 100,000 people attended the weekend, delivering around $8.2 million to the local economy helping our local businesses and community.”

Mr Williams thanked the state government for their ongoing support through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program and Healthway for their sponsorship.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the medalists were a perfect example of the diverse range of tourism businesses across the state.

“Each and every year, the judges are impressed by the commitment to continuous innovation and improvement displayed by entrants,” he said.

“It’s a testament to the great work being done by tourism operators, big and small.”

For more information on Crab Fest visit www.crabfest.com.au.