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2016 GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award Winner Announced
The Mid West coastal city of Geraldton has been named the winner of the GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award in front of more than 250 people at the 2016 WA Tourism Conference Dinner at Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre this evening.
Geraldton beat out fellow finalists Busselton and Albany to claim the award in the category for towns/cities with a population over 5,000, receiving a $25,000 airtime package from GWN7 to promote Geraldton on regional television.
“The judges were particularly impressed by Geraldton’s planning, dedication to providing quality visitor services and their community engagement” Visitor Centres WA Chair Matt Norton said.
Exmouth was named the winner of the GWN7 Top Tourism Award for a town with a population under 5,000, with judges particularly impressed by the community’s recognition of the importance of tourism, their plans for the future and the quality tourism experiences for visitors. The winners receive a $10,000 airtime package from GWN7.
Now in its 27th year, the awards program is a major highlight of the State’s tourism calendar, with prizes eagerly coveted by towns and cities throughout Western Australia. For the first time this year, entrants were asked to submit a short video showcasing the key attractions and experiences on offer in their town.
Other winners, announced at a breakfast function earlier in the conference, include:
Marketing & Media – Exmouth
Tourism & Business Planning – Busselton
Community Engagement – Geraldton
Heritage, Cultural and Environmental Visitor Experiences – Joint Winners Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Cocos-Keeling Islands
Highly Commended Town Video Production - Carnarvon
The awards are run by Visitor Centres WA and sponsored by long-term supporters GWN7 and Vanguard Press.
NOTICE OF 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Details of the Annual General Meeting of the Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Time: Registrations open 3.45pm
Place: Botanical 4, Crown Perth
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
In preparation for the approaching AGM, nominations are invited to fill three (3) vacancies on the Visitor Centre Association Board. Two of these positions are available for a 2 year term, and one for a 1 year term.
Candidates must submit a completed Nomination Form to VCAWA no later than 1700 hours on Friday 11 September 2015. Please note you must be a financial member of VCAWA to be nominated or nominate someone else for a position on the Committee. Please contact Olivia Buck on 1300 361 351 to check your financial status.
Delegates at the 2015 VCAWA Annual General Meeting will have the opportunity to vote on a special resolution to merge the association with Tourism Council WA (TCWA).
TCWA and VCAWA have been working together as a single organisation over the past two years to better represent and service Visitor Centres across WA.
To further this partnership, it is proposed that the two organisations merge to become a single legal entity. The Boards of both organisations have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding which details how the merger would work, and the final decision now lies with the members of these associations.
The VCAWA Board recommends the following special resolution to the 2015 AGM:
"This General Meeting of the Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia Ltd (VCAWA) determines to provide a strong and united voice for visitor centres by merging with Tourism Council Western Australia Ltd in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between VCAWA & TCWA. The VCAWA resolves that the association be wound up voluntarily 14 days from the passing of this resolution and in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between VCAWA & TCWA."
Tourism Council WA members will be voting on a Special Resolution regarding the merger at their AGM on Monday, September 21.
The VCAWA AGM will take place on Wednesday, September 23 from 3.45pm at Crown Perth during the 2015 WA Tourism Conference.
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