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Willie Creek Pearls takes top place at 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

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Willie Creek Pearls co-owner Robert Banfield and his wife, Debbie, accept the awards.
Camera IconWillie Creek Pearls co-owner Robert Banfield and his wife, Debbie, accept the awards. Credit: Belinda Rolland Photography

Willie Creek Pearls has once again excelled on stage in the tourism sector, taking home two awards from the 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards on Friday night, including its first national gold win.

Adding to its growing awards collection, Willie Creek was recognised as the top tourism retail and hire services provider and received bronze in the tourist attractions category for their Willie Creek Pearl Farm experience.

Making the trip to Sydney, co-owner Robert Banfield, alongside his wife Debbie, accepted the award on behalf of the business.

“Accepting the gold and bronze awards on the national stage was humbling,” he said.

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“What a fantastic way for our family and team to be recognised for all of their hard work over the journey.”

Robert Banfield and his wife Debbie take home two awards from the 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
Camera IconRobert Banfield and his wife Debbie take home two awards from the 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Credit: Belinda Rolland Photography

Businesses which won gold at the 2022 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards last year were eligible to become finalists in the Australian Tourism Awards.

Tourism Minister Roger Cook said WA was fortunate to have multiple operators and businesses providing high-quality tourism experiences.

“Western Australia has been on numerous global must-visit travel lists this this year,” he said.

“I congratulate all our winners and finalists for striving every day to provide an unforgettable experience for both local and visiting tourists.”

Across 25 award categories, Willie Creek and nine other WA businesses were honoured five gold, five silver and two bronze.

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