Territory tourism celebrated at 30th anniversary of Brolgas

John ‘Foxy’ Robinson has been awarded the highest honour at the 2016 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards.

Mr Robinson, a well-known Territory businessman received the Tourism Minister’s Perpetual Trophy for his commitment to tourism in the Northern Territory.

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said tonight’s award is deserving recognition for ‘Foxy’ who has owned and developed many tourism properties throughout the Northern Territory.

“Foxy is well-known in the tourism industry for his tenacity and ability to develop world-class tourism attractions, often from the ground-up, right here in the Northern Territory,” said Ms Moss.

“Some of the tourism ventures Foxy has been involved over the years include the Adelaide River Pub, Knott’s Crossing Motel, Palms Caravan Park, Hidden Valley Tourist Park, the Darwin Airport Resort and Airport Inn, Dugong Beach Resort (now Groote Eylandt Resort) and Rydges Palmerston.

“Foxy is also well-known for his generosity and charity work for Variety and is a true Territorian.”

The 30th Brolga Awards saw three individuals and 23 businesses recognised for their service to the tourism industry.

“Tonight’s ‘pearl’ anniversary of the Brolga Awards is an incredible milestone and a testament to how important tourism is to the Northern Territory economy,” said Ms Moss.

“Many of the inaugural winners of the Brolga Awards are still operating today, 30 years on, tonight is an opportunity to reflect on how far our tourism industry has come.”

The world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park won the Brolga for best Major Tourist Attraction while Curtain Springs picked up best Tourist Attraction for its diverse range of experiences showcasing the unique landscapes and culture of Central Australia.

Other big winners were Uluru Camel Tours, who won the best Tour and Transport Operator for the 5th consecutive year and Venture North who took out the best Cultural Tourism for the 6th year in a row.

The Purple Mango Brewery, which only opened in May this year, won best New Tourism experience for its “boutique beers in the bush” experience providing a tasty tourism stopover for visitors on the way to Kakadu.

“The passion and excellence shown by tourism operators this year has been a wonderful reflection of our incredible attractions, tours, experiences, food and culture in the Northern Territory,”  said Ms Moss.

“This year’s Brolga Awards attracted significant support from industry with the chance to represent the Northern Territory at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards (QATAs) on home soil in Darwin for the first time on 24 February 2017.

“This will be an exciting moment for our industry with the chance to shine on the national stage in our own backyard.

“I congratulate all of tonight’s winners and wish you luck as you progress to the national awards next year.”

All business category winners of the 2016 Brolgas Northern Territory Tourism Awards also win a $10,000 digital marketing package with Tourism NT.

Winners List

Brolga Awards 2016