The Darwin Festival has won the Major Festivals and Events award at the annual Brolga Awards for the second time in a row.
The Rotary Henley on Todd regatta won the Festival and Events category. Other major winners included Nitmiluk National Park which was again named the Territory’s best major tourist attraction for the second year running.
DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin won the Business Event Venues award.
The Jawoyn Association, joint management partners of the park, took home the Tourism Minister’s Perpetual Trophy, while singing jackeroo Tom Curtain’s Katherine Outback Experience won the Tourist Attractions award.
“The Jawoyn Association continues to strive for excellence and innovation, sharing their culture with visitors to the Katherine region,” said Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss.
“The Jawoyn are an outstanding example of local people managing their lands, protecting their culture and delivering sustainable Aboriginal tourism in a way that will benefit generations to come.
“The Territory’s great attractions, tours, unique experiences and culture would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our local industry.
“It’s wonderful to see the passion and excellence shown by our tourism operators and an honour to congratulate all the winners and finalists in the 2019 NT Brolga Awards.”
Of the 32 awards presented 12 went to Central Australia and 11 to Darwin.
“The Territory Government has made considerable investment into tourism marketing and visitor enhancement projects, particularly in our parks through Turbocharging Tourism,” said Moss.
“We’ve made these investments because when you boost the tourism experience you attract more people to the Territory and create more jobs for Territorians.”