Kalgoorlie-Boulder was awarded the GWN Top Tourism Town in the category for towns or cities with a population over 5,000 at the 2018 WA Tourism Conference at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre last night.
The awards are held annually to showcase the best of Western Australian destinations. The judges were very impressed with Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s strong focus on tourism planning and development together with initiatives to attract visitors to the destination.
Submissions were made by Visitor Centres on behalf of their destination. Finalists were chosen from the written submission and a site visit by two Judges. Kalgoorlie-Boulder took home three awards on the night, Tourism & Business Planning, Heritage, Cultural and Environmental Visitor Experiences and the Top Tourism Town.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said, “It is pleasing to see the hard work being awarded, the City has provided strong support and have encouraged collaboration among tourism operators. It is evident that there has been growth of tourism in our region, however there is more work to be done.”
“When you compare the popular destinations that were in the shortlist, such as Christmas Island and Carnarvon it demonstrates the potential of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region. The recognition the award brings endorses what we as residents already know, it is a spectacular place with a rich depth of heritage and culture that everyone can enjoy.”
Mr Walker added, “There will be more work needed by businesses, the City and tourism operators to capitalise on what the region offers. This award is a stepping stone that will encourage visitors to the City. I congratulate everyone involved in their efforts and express my thanks to Veronica Dobner, Manager of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitors Centre and her team. I look forward to seeing the region grow as a priority tourist destination.”
Kalgoorlie-Boulder claimed the award in the category for towns or cities with a population over 5,000, receiving a $25,000 airtime package from GWN7 to promote the City on regional television.