The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s national standard of excellence. Finalists are chosen from each state and territory’s Gold Tourism Award winners and are then put to our panel of expert industry judges, where a winner of the nation is crowned. The winners are all shapes and sizes, serious and fun, and come from all walks of Australian life.
A wide and diverse range of tourism businesses are encouraged to enter – over 200 entrants from across the country will then reach the prestigious status of becoming a national finalist at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
2023 is the first year to see ‘Excellence in Accessible Tourism’ as a National category and we are thrilled to celebrate and reward those businesses catering to the accessible market.
Australia’s winners will be announced at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Ceremony in front of an audience of industry leaders and peers. The prestigious Hall of Fame trophy is awarded to an entrant who has won the same category for three consecutive years.
The awards were first established by the Federal Government in 1985 to recognise and promote excellence in tourism from the cities to the Outback. The Australian Tourism Awards are now owned and managed by Australian Tourism Awards Inc, on behalf of the tourism industry.
The Talking Tourism Business Forum brings tourism business operators together to enable effective peer-to-peer learning and development.
The purpose of the Business Forum is to engage and inspire those operating businesses within the tourism industry, support connections across sectors and the country. The Business Forum is thoughtfully curated so that each attendee should be able to take away some valuable learnings that they can implement into their tourism business to continue to grow and elevate their offerings.
Expect engaging talks and be prepared to be immersed in a learning environment where you’ll hear from the best of the best to uncover new ways to grow and elevate your business that will drive your business’ success.
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to revitalise your outlook and shape the future of your tourism business.
How to enter the Awards
To enter the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards:
1. Enter your state’s awards by writing a report for 1 or more categories
2. Win GOLD in a category
3. You will automatically be entered into the national awards for the category you won in
From there, your report will be judged against other States in the same category. Please see below for each state/territory award program.
Canberra Region Tourism Awards
South Australian Tourism Awards
NSW Tourism Awards
Tasmanian Tourism Awards
Northern Territory Tourism Awards
Victorian Tourism Awards
Queensland Tourism Awards
Western Australian Tourism Awards
We pride ourselves on the integrity of the Australian Tourism Awards judging process.
The judging panel comprises a cross section of tourism industry experts, selected for their knowledge and experience. The panel is made up of 32 judges – 4 from each of the states and territories and is overseen by our Chair of Judges.
A Chair of Judges is selected for a 3 year term, after meeting rigorous criteria – based on experience and leadership qualities.
Our auditors, Ernst and Young provide professional and qualified services and act in an independent capacity to review judging decisions.