North West attractions score tourism gongs

Louise AllinghamPilbara News
A tour group from Sal Salis on the lookout for rockw allabies in Mandu Mandu Gorge.
Camera IconA tour group from Sal Salis on the lookout for rockw allabies in Mandu Mandu Gorge. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr

Several North West businesses took home medals at the 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards on November 11.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded across 28 categories to industry leaders at a gala dinner in Perth.

Sal Salis took home silver in the unique accommodation category, and Australia’s North West’s The Epic Pilbara campaign won gold for destination marketing.

Located 70km from Exmouth, Sal Salis is a luxury beachside camp that works to have as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible and has had a number of high-profile guests.

Sal Salis commercial manager Amanda Fisher said it was great to be recognised after a wonderful year of business.

“This year we had beautiful weather and 100 per cent happy travellers,” she said.

“We are unique and that’s part of the reason for our success.

“People want to hear our story and are looking for our type of experiential travel.”

Bronze medals went to Exmouth’s Live Ningaloo for ecotourism, Ningaloo Discovery for adventure tourism and Ngurrangga Tours for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism.

Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said every year the awards sought to reward high-calibre and industry-leading businesses that dedicated their energies to showcasing the State to visitors.

“Everyone who enters the awards is passionate about offering an amazing experience to our visitors and we continue to see great diversity among the businesses and individuals who enter the awards, and ultimately take home medals each year,” he said.

Gold medallists in categories 1-25 will go on to represent WA at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in February.

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