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October 31, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Australia’s leading domestic tour operator, APT, was named the winner of the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism at the prestigious 2014 Perth Airport Western Australia Tourism Awards

APT also picked up a Silver Medal in the Major Tour and/or Transport Operator category at the awards, which saw medallists awarded in 30 categories at a Gala Dinner held at the Crown Perth on Saturday 25th October 2014. In addition, APT Driver Guide and Cruise Director, Jane Ballantyne, was also a finalist in the FACET Golden Guide Award category.

APT Wins Gold and Silver at 2014 Perth Airport WA Tourism AwardsAccepting the awards on behalf of APT was the General Manger for its Kimberley and Outback Wilderness Adventures, Rob Tandy, who commented, “It’s a huge honour to accept these accolades, especially given the incredibly high standard of travel and tourism product on offer in this region. To be named outright winner for the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism is particularly pleasing. At APT we have a deep rooted love and respect for the Kimberley and we’ve worked incredibly hard over the years, both as a business and in partnership with local land owners, to ensure that we protect the precious Kimberley landscape that we are so privileged to share with our guests. We are the only ‘Advanced Eco Certified’ tour operator in the region and that’s something that we are rightfully proud of.”

Mr Tandy expressed gratitude for the Silver Medal APT received in the Major Tourism Operator category, while also thanking travel industry partners and local land owners for their continued support:

“We’ve spent years working with local communities across the Kimberley to integrate and perfect our 4WD touring program, and more recently our coastal cruises. We know the territory, we know the people and our driver guides are regarded as the most knowledgeable and experienced team in the region. Our focus remains on ensuring we are the most outstanding and respectful provider of outback holidays in the Kimberley and that this region remains the number one place for people to want to visit in Australia.”

Now in their 42nd year, the awards are designed to recognise and reward the extraordinary tourism experiences and services that Western Australia has to offer. They showcase the best in the industry for their outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence.

APT has been operating in the Kimberley for 40 years and its operation comprises a fleet of custom built 4WD vehicles which are used as part of its land touring program; a luxury small expedition ship which it has brought to the Kimberley to operate as part of its coastal cruising program; and also offers a network of Wilderness Lodges at the Bungle Bungle, Bell Gorge and Mitchell Falls, offering understated luxury in the outback for its touring and self drive guests.

Pictured with APT’s awards from the night are Driver Guide and Cruise Director Jane Ballantyne and General Manager for the company’s Kimberley and Outback Wilderness Adventures, Rob Tandy.

To find out more about APT’s award winning Kimberley land touring and coastal cruising programs call 1300 196 420, visit or see your local business development manager.


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