• 'Jungle Jerry' Francis

    'Jungle Jerry' Francis

  • Michael Liu

    Michael Liu

  • Marylou Pooley and Garry Watson

    Marylou Pooley and Garry Watson

  • Bree Winchester and Sarah McDougall

    Bree Winchester and Sarah McDougall

  • Jane and Andrew Dimoff

    Jane and Andrew Dimoff

  • Jenny Boyd, Adam Stankevicius and Diane Ireland

    Jenny Boyd, Adam Stankevicius and Diane Ireland

  • 'Comedians of Ceremonies' Emo Parsonson, Chris Ryan and Tom Gibson from Comedy ACT

    'Comedians of Ceremonies' Emo Parsonson, Chris Ryan and Tom Gibson from Comedy ACT

  • Stefan Staltaire, Paul D'Monte, Penny Nowlan, Jackie McKeown and Candy Yam with at the back Robert and Rachael Batkovic and Roy Lee

    Stefan Staltaire, Paul D'Monte, Penny Nowlan, Jackie McKeown and Candy Yam with at the back Robert and Rachael Batkovic and Roy Lee

  • Jason Ingram and Lauren Bullman

    Jason Ingram and Lauren Bullman

  • Mike Welch, Martin Venn and Mike Domin

    Mike Welch, Martin Venn and Mike Domin

  • Erin Collette, Matt Williams and Gil Hugonnet

    Erin Collette, Matt Williams and Gil Hugonnet

  • Carol Sinclair, Allan Williams and Liz Bendeich

    Carol Sinclair, Allan Williams and Liz Bendeich

  • Carol Sinclair and Liz Bendeich

    Carol Sinclair and Liz Bendeich

  • Brendan and Dominque Prout with Belinda Beauman and Colin Thomas

    Brendan and Dominque Prout with Belinda Beauman and Colin Thomas

  • Polly Mitton, Cara Becker, Susie Campbell, Alison Wright and Caitlin Taylor

    Polly Mitton, Cara Becker, Susie Campbell, Alison Wright and Caitlin Taylor

  • Ian Hill, Alison Wright and Stephen Wood

    Ian Hill, Alison Wright and Stephen Wood

  • Jonathan Kobus and Paul Donhoe

    Jonathan Kobus and Paul Donhoe

  • Emily Hill, Jerry Francis and Elissa Michel

    Emily Hill, Jerry Francis and Elissa Michel

  • Jonathan Kobus - Tourism Award winner for Outstanding Contribution by and Individual

    Jonathan Kobus - Tourism Award winner for Outstanding Contribution by and Individual

  • Waiting for Uber.....the uber management team from Palace Electric

    Waiting for Uber.....the uber management team from Palace Electric

The Canberra Region Tourism Awards

10 December 2015

The Canberra Region Tourism Awards are our annual showcase of the vitality and vision of the many facets of the tourism industry of our city and the region. It has been over the years the platform for many of the icons of the industry to take their success to the national finals and come back winners, some now happily ensconced in the ‘Hall of Fame’ arena but still contributing to this multi- million dollar industry.

Our “cool little capital” – a title Chief Minister Andrew Barr is proud to say - has become an international listing on the ever sprouted ‘best of’ lists so enamoured of journalists looking for a story hook as we evolve from the Bush Capital with an inferiority complex to a vibrant, unique and ever changing city where slowly but surely the ‘government city’ tag is obtuse.

The national attractions are the major drawcard – as locals we sometimes take them for granted – but they continue to up the ante in creating international exhibitions for the whole country to flock to. And yes we want them to come but it’s the value adding that has grown exponentially and adds so much to what we call the visitor experience.

Our wine region is exceptional, Liquid Geography a perfect name for the experience and the National Arboretum slowly evolving and revealing its pattern and future beauty are among our treasures. The new accommodation growth is extraordinary, there are restaurants, bars, and shopping precincts to explore, entertainment venues that bring in world class acts and IKEA. Yes Ian Hill, director of VisitCanberra, made mention of the impact this new addition will have on the visitor numbers to Canberra. Of course our airport is beautiful and a long way from that wooden shed with the green lino from the early days. It’s the perfect welcome to all.

So the partying at the awards was a celebration of all that we should be proud of and acknowledged those who keep the $1.62 billion coming in and 14,700 people it employs