03 September 2008

Australia's Kangaroo Island winning more international tourism awards

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Australia's Kangaroo Island is receiving world-wide acclamations this year in international tourism awards ceremonies, reports Travelmole.com, reaffirming its position as one of the world’s best travel destinations.

At OZTalk USA, the largest wholesale trading event in North America, Southern Ocean Lodge won 'Australia’s Best Accommodation'.  The Lodge has only been open for six months and has been a hot topic in world-wide media.

At North America’s largest Aussie Specialist Retail event, Corroboree, Exceptional Kangaroo Island won 'Australia’s Best Experience', which replaces last year’s winner Tourism Kangaroo Island.

Also this year, Kangaroo Island was voted by travel agents around the world as the ideal destination for a "green holiday", because of its recognition as 'Australia’s Best Eco Experience'.

National Geographic Traveller Magazine also voted it 'Best Island in the Asia Pacific region', and last year won ‘Best Regional Food Destination’ in the Vogue Traveller Magazine and Audi Produce Awards.

Tourism Kangaroo Island Regional Tourism Manager, Tania O’Neil, said "With the opening of Southern Ocean Lodge garnering international media attention and the awards Kangaroo Island is receiving, we are making it on to the itineraries of international tourists, right next to Uluru, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef."

Tourism Australia, the Federal, State and Local Governments and tourism organisations and boards have stepped up a gear to encourage more international travellers to visit Australia in response to dwindling tourist numbers. 

International tourists to Australia need an Australia travel visa, except for New Zealand passport holders.  Visitors wishing to travel the country can apply for a short-stay tourist visa, or ETA, which is valid for three months.  The conditions of the visa mean that tourists cannot work at any time during their stay in Australia.

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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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