Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said he was honoured to join the Australian Tourism Industry Councils inaugural Top Tourism Towns awards event.
Mr Tehan said he was delighted to also announce Port Fairy in his electorate of Wannon as the Silver Winner of Australia’s Small Tourism town of 2021.
These awards celebrate the ‘best of the best and this award is truly an accolade and success story for Port Fairy.
“Port Fairy as a tourism destination has a rich and significant history, providing visitors with plenty of things to see and do. Its history ranges from the natural environment of the Budj Bim aquaculture systems and the volcanic landscape to the built environment of its whaling and maritime history to the significant heritage buildings. The contemporary landscape is dotted with outstanding cafes and restaurants, surrounded by a growing art and creative scene,” said Mr Tehan.
Port Fairy in achieving silver should be proud of their achievement and the award recognises the significant efforts made by businesses and the local community and provides Port Fairy with an opportunity to further showcase the wonderful town and community and everything they have to offer, said Mr Tehan.
The awards were extra special as the industry has faced significant challenges over the past 18 months, from widespread bushfires to the global pandemic.
The Top Tourism Town awards have provided a welcome reminder to the tourism community on how resilient, strong, and inspiring they are.
Hosted by the Australian Tourism Industry Council, these coveted awards, have had tourism towns from across Australia competing to take the highest honour of being named Australia’s Top Tourism Town (with a population over 5000) or Small Tourism Town (with a population under 5000).