Victorian Tourism Awards

Central Deborah Gold Mine has been recognised for going the extra mile.


tourismawardlogoCentral Deborah Gold Mine has been recognised for going the extra mile, being named a Finalist in the Heritage and Cultural Tourism category at the Melbourne Airport 2009 Victorian Tourism Awards.

One hundred businesses and individuals from across the State vied for top honours at the prestigious awards which were held at Crown Palladium on 16 November 2009.   

The annual awards recognise leading businesses and individuals for their outstanding contribution to the Victorian tourism industry, which employs 185,000 people and contributes $15.8 billion to the economy each year.

“Given that this is the first time the mine has entered the tourism awards, I am very pleased with the result. The staff and volunteers at the mine put in an enormous effort to deliver a personalised and unique experience to our visitors. This achievement is confirmation that we are delivering a top service and have earned our place as a premier attraction in the goldfields region,” said Tom Seddon, The Bendigo Trust CEO.

Four other Bendigo tourist operators also received recognition. These included; Bendigo Visitor Information Centre, Big 4 Holiday Park, Best Western Inn and Bendigo Airport Services.

The Minister for Tourism and Major Events Tim Holding congratulated the team from Central Deborah Gold Mine on their success.

“The awards highlight the success of individuals and organisations in the Victorian tourism industry.

“To be acknowledged as a finalist is a tremendous achievement and I applaud Central Deborah Gold Mine for going the extra mile to deliver memorable visitor experiences,” Mr Holding said.

“The Victorian Government is proud to recognise the achievements of all those who have worked so hard to make Victoria a world-class tourism destination,” Mr Holding said.

The results of the 30 business and individual award categories were announced at a Gala Ceremony that celebrated excellence in tourism including accommodation and touring, education, training and marketing.