Adventure Tours Australia was awarded the accolade for Best Tour Operator (Australia) at the annual Golden Backpack Awards held last Thursday, 27 October.
Hosted by TV/radio personality and comedian Tim 'Rosso' Ross at Dockside on Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour, the awards are the biggest annual event on the Australia and New Zealand backpacking calendar.
Adventure Tours Australia Group (ATAG) proudly received two outstanding awards, as well as receiving nods for finalist status across several award categories.
Along with the Best Tour Operator title, founders Greg Zammit and Ken Hart were awarded the coveted Outstanding Achievement Award, a testament to the hard work they have undertaken and their dedication to the Australian tourism industry over the last 20 years.
Western Xposure – ATAG's west coast operator, once again shined at the ceremony. The team performed a 'hat trick' this year, taking the regional accolade for Best Tour or Activity in Western Australia for the third year in a row, for the 10 day Perth to Broome tour.
"The Golden Backpack Awards are an anticipated annual event, where companies who work extremely hard to make backpacking around Australia and New Zealand an exceptional experience come together and are recognised. We are proud to be in that esteemed category and it is an honour to receive the award for Best Australian Tour Operator," Group Sales Manager David (Thommo) Thomson said.
"A huge congratulations also goes out to all of the guides and team in the West, who have worked extremely hard and against the odds to again win the award, which was proudly accepted on behalf of the team by Western Australia Business Manager Simon Harper."
Adventure Tours also received nods for finalist status in the Best Tour/Activity category across several regions. These include finalist placings in the Tasmania and Northern Territory sections for the 6 day Taste of Tasmania and 3 day Uluru tour.
Our unique Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island experiences were also highlighted as finalists under the Best Activity category for the Victoria and South Australia regions.