Port Arthur honoured with prestigious award
The Port Arthur Historic Site has been honoured with one of Australia’s leading awards, for the third year in succession.
The Site was named Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine’s Best Heritage Experience at a ceremony in Sydney last night.
In its citation, the magazine noted that Port Arthur’s history was “treated with respect and gravity by guides and by fixed displays that don’t shy away from telling the chilling truths about the site's history”.
Port Arthur has an extraordinary history, and its successful combination of heritage conservation with delivering a compelling tourism experience stories bring its history alive for more than a quarter of a million visitors every year, making it a major driver of tourism and economic activity in the region and the state.
An economic impact study in 2009 estimated that the Authority’s annual contribution to Gross State Product to be almost $31million.
The Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites are both managed by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, and both are significant components of the Australian Convict Sites nomination for World Heritage status.
The Port Arthur Historic Site - photograph by Joe Shemesh