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Rottnest Island

Awards and Accreditation


WA Tourism Gold Award 2014 - Category 1 Major Tourist Attractions

Rottnest Island has been named WA’s top major tourist attraction at the 2014 WA Tourism Awards.

 Tourism Silver Award - Major Festivals and Events  

WA Tourism Awards 2014 - Category 3 Major Festivals Events

Rottnest Channel Swim has proudly been awarded the Silver Award for the category of Major Festivals and Events.


WA Tourism Silver Awards 2014 - Category 6 Heritage Cultural Tourism

Rottnest Island has proudly been awarded the Silver Award for the category of Heritage Cultural Tourism.


WA Tourism Bronze Award 2014 - Category 14 Destination Marketing

Rottnest Island has proudly been awarded the Bronze Award for the category of Destination Marketing.

 Heritage Awards 2014 - Award for Outstanding Conservation



WA State Heritage Award 2014 - Outstanding Conservation Award
Congratulations to our hard-working heritage team, who strive to conserve and educate the public of our Island’s heritage.

The Rottnest Island Authority has been awarded the 2014 Heritage Award for Outstanding Conservation of a Non-Residential Place for the Rottnest Island WWII Defence Establishment.

 Heritage Awards 2014

WA State Heritage Award 2014 - Highly Commended Award

The Rottnest Island Authority has been awarded the Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Contribution to Heritage by a Public or Private Organisation


National Tourism Bronze Award Sydney 2014
Congratulations Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper - Bronze award winner at the National Tourism Awards in Sydney for Specialised Tourism Services.

 Fremantle Chamber of Commerce

Marketing Excellence Award 2013
The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce awarded Rottnest Island Authority the winner of Marketing Excellence at the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Rottnest Island Authority was also a proud finalist in Tourism Excellence.


AIM WA West Business Pinnacle Awards

Marketing Excellence Finalist 2013
The AIM WA WestBusiness Pinnacle Award for Marketing Excellence provides recognition for an organisation that has achieved outstanding results through key initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to excellence in marketing.



Pacific Asia Tourism Association Gold Award Winner 2013

PATA Gold Award 2013
Rottnest Island has prestigiously been voted by the Pacific Asia Travel Association judging panel as the PATA Gold Award winner for 2013 in the following category: 

Marketing - Secondary Government Destination 
More Rottnest Winter Campaign
Rottnest Island Authority, Australia


Pacific Asia Tourism Association Gold Award Winner 2013

PATA Gold Award 2013 
Rottnest Island has prestigiously been voted by the Pacific Asia Travel Association judging panel as the PATA Gold Award winner for 2013 in the following category: 

Ecotourism Project 
Wadjemup Coastal Walk Trail 
Rottnest Island Authority, Australia

 Pacific Asia Tourism Association Gold Award Winner 2013 PATA Gold Award 2013
Rottnest Island has prestigiously been voted by the Pacific Asia Travel Association judging panel as the PATA Gold Award winner for 2013 in the following category: 

Heritage Culture – Heritage 
After Dark and Open House
Rottnest Island Authority, Australia

With 165 entries from 60 organisations and individuals worldwide, Rottnest Island is honoured to receive such a prestigious award.

 Heritage Tourism Award 2013

Heritage Tourism Award 2013
Rottnest Island Authority was awarded a Heritage Tourism Award at the Western Australian Heritage Awards for outstanding contribution to heritage.


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Tourism Marketing Award - 2012 Gold Winner
Rottnest Island won the Tourism Marketing Award at the 2012 Qantas Australia Tourism Awards, tourism industry's premier awards celebrating and recognising excellence.

It's the first time the Island has been recognised on the national tourism stage which marks a very special moment for all of us.

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 EarthCheck Rottnest Island Bronze Benchmarked 2012
In an important milestone, the environmental performance of Rottnest Island has been recognised by EarthCheck; the travel and tourism industry’s leading environmental management, benchmarking and certification company.

EarthCheck operates the world’s most scientifically rigorous benchmarking program and measures key indicators such as energy and water consumption, total waste production, and community commitment to provide a holistic picture of operational performance.

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 GWN7 Top Tourism Award 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award winner
Awarded by the Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA), the peak industry body representing Visitor Centres and the Visitor Servicing Industry throughout WA, this award recognises the contributions made to tourism and the local community. For over 42 years, the VCAWA (formally known as the Country Tourism Association) has been representing the interests of Visitor Centres and the overall State Tourism Industry. 

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Trust the Tick
Accredited Tourism Business
The RIA is an Accredited Tourism Business which was achieved through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program, a national business development program designed to establish and continually improve industry standards.

Tourism accreditation has been driven by industry to ensure the ongoing sustainability and best practices of local tourism operators, and identifies a minimum standard in business operation and customer service. Accredited tourism businesses are recognised as professional, ethical and reliable operators, which deliver high quality tourism experiences.

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Engineering Heritage National Landmark Award
Engineering Heritage Australia’s highest accolade, an Engineering Heritage National Landmark award, was presented to the Rottnest Island Authority on 10 November 2010. The award recognises the significant technical achievement of the construction of the Fremantle Fortress – Rottnest Island World War II Coastal Defences Facilities


2012 Tourism Awards - Tourism Council WA

Rottnest Island topped the State in the 2012 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, scooping the pool with  3 Gold Medals and a Bronze in the following categories;


 Gold Major Tourist Attractions 2012

Category 1 Major Tourist Attractions
Sponsor: The Sunday Times
This category is for attractions which a) market primarily to a national and/or international audience and b) are considered a hallmark destination in their own right. They may be publicly or privately owned and can operate in conjunction with a natural attraction or on their own.


Gold Tourism Marketing 2012

Category 14 Tourism Marketing
Sponsor: Countrywide Publications
This category recognises excellence in marketing tourism products, regions, destinations, or group projects. Initiatives can include short-term marketing campaigns, ongoing marketing programs or promotional vehicles such as websites etc.

 Gold Excellence Sustainable Tourism 2012

Category 26 Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
Sponsor: Qantas
This category is open to tourism operators that exemplify a strong commitment to sustainable and innovative business practices. The award will recognise and showcase successful tourism businesses that set out to minimise their environmental impact, conserve natural resources, respect local cultures and benefit local communities.


 Bronze Heritage and Cultural Tourism 2012

Category 6 Heritage and Cultural Tourism

Sponsor: National Trust of Australia (WA)

This category aims to recognise tourism operations that foster a greater understanding of history, heritage and/or culture. Entrants should offer visitors an insight into Australia’s history and heritage and its contemporary culture.


Congratulations also go to Rottnest Island business community members for being successful in their categories;


Gold Major Tour Transport Operator 2012


Rottnest Express

Category 11 Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
Sponsor: Budget Car & Truck Rentals
This category is open to tour and/or transport operators with 15 or more annual full-time equivalent employees. It is not a transport award but does recognise a major contribution to tourism through the provision of tour guiding services and transport services. Entrants must offer a tourism experience as a significant part of their operation.


Dome - Rottnest Island

Category 16 Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services
This category is open to all restaurants and catering services offering a tourism experience and/or servicing the tourism industry. It is not a food award but does recognise a significant contribution to tourism through the provision of food and beverage. Entry is open – but not limited to – hotel or stand-alone restaurants, event caterers, pubs and cafés.