The very best of the country's attractions and tourist operators will be recognised at the industry's peak event, the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, in the historic city of Hobart on Friday February 15, 2013.
The 2012 awards presentation will be held at Princess Wharf 1 on Castray Esplanade, providing stunning views of the Hobart waterfront while guests dine from a delicious menu featuring Tasmanian produce and the island's signature cool-climate wine.
A number of prestigious national awards will be given on the night including major tourist attraction, major festival and event, ecotourism, Indigenous tourism and major tour and/or transport operator.
All Tasmanian attendees of the Tourism Awards will also be sporting furry devil ears in support of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal formed a partnership with the Tasmanian tourism industry to help raise awareness of the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease which threatens the existence of the island's most famous native animals.
The Mercury reported on February 12 that over 350 pairs of devil ears are expected to be scattered among the crowd of 950, with the operator of Tasmania's award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journey, Robert Pennicott, among the attendees donning a set of ears.
Mr Pennicott is a finalist for three categories including tourist attraction and ecotourism for Bruny Island Cruises, and the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism for Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.
Among the other Tasmanian finalists is the Port Arthur Historic Site, which is nominated for major tourist attraction, heritage and cultural tourism, and new tourism development for its Paranormal Investigation Experience.
The spectacular four-day guided journey just off the east coast of Tasmania, The Maria Island Walk, is also a finalist in two categories – adventure tourism and tour and/or transport operators.