Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today congratulated the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk on being recognised for its contribution to tourism at the prestigious Melbourne Airport 2009 Victorian Tourism Awards.
Otway Fly Tree Top Walk received the merit award in the Herald Sun Award for Tourist Attractions category.
“It is fantastic that Otway Fly Tree Top Walk has been recognised for its leadership role in the state’s tourism sector,” said Ms Tierney.
“Now in their 25th year, the awards highlight the success of outstanding individuals and organisations in the Victorian tourism industry.”
“In what has been a particularly challenging year, it is the outstanding contribution of tourism operators that ensures tourism remains strong.
One hundred businesses and individuals competed for top honours in this year’s awards, including many entrants from regional Victoria.
“I am thrilled that Otway Fly Tree Top Walk has been acknowledged for its contribution to the tourism sector, which is so important to jobs and the economy,” said Ms Tierney.
Ms Tierney said tourism was vital to Victoria’s economy, contributing $15.8 billion and providing jobs for 185,000 people.
“While most other parts of Australia have seen a downturn in tourism, Victoria is showing resilience in the face of the Global Financial Crisis and the devastating Black Saturday bushfires.
“It is great to see more and more Australians choosing to visit Melbourne and regional Victoria, to experience our world-class cultural and sporting events, outstanding food and wine, shopping, theatre and beautiful villages,” Ms Tierney said.
Winners of the Melbourne Airport 2009 Victorian Tourism Awards will represent Victoria at the 2010 Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart in February.