With its picturesque sights, stunning beaches, fascinating history and laid-back atmosphere an easy sell to tourists, it's easy to see why the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre took out the major honour at the 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Awards.
Rottnest Island Authority chief executive Paolo Amaranti said the award was testament to the hard work, friendliness and service from the island community in attracting and welcoming tourists.
He believed passionate service and a pristine environment made Rottnest stand out among its competitors, which included Busselton, Denmark, Dunsborough, Kununurra and Margaret River.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said visitor centres made an important contribution to the tourism industry and that Rottnest Island was a deserving first-time winner. As winner, the Rottnest Island centre will receive a $25,000 GWN7 package to promote the island.
Other winners, in _The West Australian _ special categories, announced at a gala dinner in Mandurah on Thursday, included Fremantle Visitor Centre in the heritage category, Christmas Island for the cultural award and Esperance for community relations. Denmark was also named winner of the Top Tourism Award for a town with a population under 5000.
City of Fremantle's Andrew Eastick said the council was proud of its win, 15 months after it gained control of the facility from private operators.The awards, organised by the Visitor Centre Association of WA and representing more than 4500 tourism businesses, are in their 23rd year.
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