Kings Park and Botanic Garden has won gold in three competitive categories at the 2013 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.
Kings Park was crowned the gold medallist in the category of Major Tourist Attraction and for the Kings Park Festival in the Festivals and Events category among a competitive field of Western Australia's premier tourist attractions including Rottnest Island, Fremantle Prison, Perth Zoo and The Bell Tower.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden was also awarded the prestigious Sir David Brand Award for Tourism, which is the pinnacle award for all of Western Australia.
Over 800 guests attended the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner held on 9 November at Crown Perth casino. The event celebrates excellence in the industry and highlights the many extraordinary experiences that Western Australia has to offer.
With six million visitors annually, Kings Park is the most visited destination in the state. It enjoys an international reputation for its standards of presentation, spectacular location and leading edge horticulture. As testament to this outstanding reputation, Kings Park recently won the 2013 Excellence Award by Tripadvisor and was rated as Australia's best park (12th in the world).
Kings Park offers tourists a great experience of WA's unique landscape in the heart of the city, according to Kings Park Acting CEO Marcelle Broderick.
'While local people may take for granted the Park's 24/7 free access, immaculate presentation, clean open space and beautiful surrounds, visitors from interstate and overseas are often amazed.
'Our team of staff and volunteers are very proud to be custodians of this incredible asset that is loved by tourists and locals alike. It really is at the heart of our community.'
The Kings Park Festival attracted more than half a million visitors in 2013, as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Festival has grown into a month long program of free, family-friendly events which are set against a stunning backdrop of WA wildflowers.