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2017 Brolga Award Nominations now open to Territory Tourism Operators

Nominations are now open to the Northern Territory’s premier tourism industry awards, the Brolgas.

As the Territory’s official tourism awards program, the Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards recognise and encourage tourism businesses that strive for excellence in every area of their operation.

CEO for Department of Tourism and Culture Alastair Shields said winning a Brolga Award is the industry’s highest accolade and the recipients represent the best products and services in the Northern Territory.

“The Brolga Awards encourage tourism business and operators to lift the bar and continue to deliver world-class attractions, facilities and experiences in the Territory.

“They also offer individual awards to recognise industry contribution and achievements over the past 12 months.

“Each year the diversity and calibre of entrants has matched the vitality and growing professionalism of the Northern Territory’s tourism industry,” he said.

Winners of the 2017 Brolga Awards business categories will represent the Northern Territory at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in early 2018. The 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards were a golden night for NT tourism operators with the Territory awarded seven medals, including two gold awarded to Voyages Ayers Rock Resort and Alice Springs Visitor Information Service.

Mr Shields said Voyages’ gold hat trick means for the first time in three years the Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism at this year’s Brolgas is an open field with the resort ineligible to enter this category for the next two years.

“With the Territory Government’s commitment to building an Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery in Alice Springs underway, we strongly encourage all our Indigenous tourism operators to submit an entry to maximise our chance to keep the Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander tourism in the Territory.”

The Brolga Awards are open to tourism operators, accommodation providers, festivals and events and industry suppliers.  There are 25 business and two individual categories in 2017 with each business category winner receiving a marketing package with Tourism NT valued at $10,000.

Tourism NT is continuing to offer a free mentoring program which includes workshops, online advice and a mock judging process and has launched a new online portal to assist businesses prepare and enter the Awards.

Nominations are free and open now, closing Friday 21 July 2017. Entries close Thursday 7 September 2017. To enter or for more information visit

The 2017 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards will be held on Saturday 11 November in Alice Springs.

Media contact
Tourism NT, Department of Tourism and Culture | Media Manager 0428 052 647

Brolga Awards 2016