Three Peel operators crowned among best in tourism awards

Three Peel operators were among the best of Western Australia's tourism industry recognised at the 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards on the weekend.

The industry's premier awards night by Tourism Council WA at Crown Perth showcased the state's leading tourism operators across 27 categories.

Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre won gold in the Visitor Information Services category; Visit Mandurah won bronze in Tourism Marketing & Campaigns; and Seashells Mandurah won bronze in the 4 - 4.5 Star Accommodation. Seashells Broome won the silver award in the same category.

The Crooked Carrot in Myalup won silver in the Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services category.

Seashells Hospitality Group managing director Paul King said the awards were testament to a long-term commitment to guest experience and high service standards.

"Seashells Broome and Mandurah have long been favourites with families and couples wishing to have a home away from home with space and luxury to relax and unwind," he said.

WINNERS: Seashells Broome general manager Deb Williams and Mandurah general manager Ben Colbert . Photo: Supplied.

WINNERS: Seashells Broome general manager Deb Williams and Mandurah general manager Ben Colbert . Photo: Supplied.

"Being acknowledged at this level after the most challenging 18 months in business proves the resilience and commitment of our team and their desire to create special memories for our guests. I must also acknowledge our loyal guests, many who return each year to make memories at our properties."

In its 49th year, the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards attracted a record number of first-time entrants, representing a diverse range of businesses from across WA.

"The longevity and process of the Awards really does mean that those operators which take home medals are the best tourism businesses Western Australia has on offer and each and every year the judges are impressed by the commitment to the industry that all entrants display," Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said.

The tourism industry's ultimate prize, the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism, was presented to HeliSpirit for its ongoing development and commitment to tourism across the Kimberley.

All Gold medal-winning businesses were judged for the opportunity to receive this prestigious accolade.

A new category, the COVID-19 Judges' Choice, was awarded to Pan Pacific Perth for the way it used the skills of its staff to help those in need during a business downturn, housing and supporting Perth's rough sleepers through a range of measures.

The gold medallists in categories 1 to 25 will go on to represent Western Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, being held on the Sunshine Coast in March 2022.