Director of National Parks
Kakadu wins top tourism award
13 November 2011
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Kakadu National Park last night took out the top prize in the Northern Territory's Brolga Awards, winning the Major Tourist Attraction.
Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and outstanding rock art, Kakadu is a globally acclaimed World Heritage site. The award recognises Kakadu's pivotal role in attracting visitors to the Northern Territory as well as the park's commitment to offering visitors experiences they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Jointly managed by Bininj/Mungguy and the Australian Government's Director of National Parks, Kakadu is part of Australia's Timeless North National Landscape offering world-class tourism experiences - stunning, diverse landscapes that transform across six seasons, abundant birdlife, and a chance to engage with Indigenous culture.
Traditional owner and Indigenous tour operator Victor Cooper accepted the award on Kakadu's behalf.
“I'm very excited for the whole community, for the whole park,” Victor said. “Winning an award like this recognises the great effort that has been put into nurturing tourism in Kakadu since we launched our Shared Tourism Vision in 2005. It's a great achievement - and everyone who has been involved in tourism in the park should be proud.”
So far this year more than 175,000 people have visited the park to camp, bushwalk and enjoy bird and wildlife viewing, cultural tours and free ranger-guided walks and talks.
Kakadu now goes on to compete in the National Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be announced in Cairns in March 2012.
Media contact: Karen Markwort, Parks Australia, 0439 582 686