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The Alice Springs Airport Tourism Gala 2018 was held at the Star of Alice Function Centre on Saturday 27 October, 2018. Minister Dale Wakefield joined guests for a colourful, fun-filled night celebrating the incredible achievements of the Central Australian tourism and hospitality industry over the last year.  Guests were entertained by Xavia, Benny Heaslip and Malarkey, and the evening was emceed by the witty and hilarious Meredith Kattenhorn (Mez) from Alice in the Territory. Guests were also treated to the brand new beer from Alice Springs Brewing Co (their Summer Ale), Zontes Prosecco by Wine Direct, delicious cocktails from the cocktail caravan of House of Tallulah and a diverse range of delightful food and drinks from Reality Bites Catering.


2018 Award Winners 

Voyages Ayres Rock Resort Young Achiever Award Award Winners
Scott Kelly (Uluru Segway Tours)

Skal International Alice Springs Industry Achiever Award
Amee Porter (Curtin Springs)

Centralian Advocate New Tourism Business/Product Award
Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre (Earth Sanctuary Observatory)

Barry Bucholtz Award for Excellence
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Awards - Judges


The winner of the Barry Bucholtz Award was chosen by the Tourism Central Australia Board, all other awards were judged by an independent judging panel, consisting of Dave Batic (General Manager, Alice Springs Airport), Renton Kelly (Advisor Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and TCA Life Member) and Lauren Ganley (Chief Executive Officer, Desert Knowledge Australia).



Evening Program

For more details on the night, download the Evening Program here.



Chloe Erlich was the official photographer of the Alice Springs Airport Tourism Gala 2018. As a member you have access to the closed Facebook Members Group 'Tourism Central Australia Members', where you can find all pictures of the night. Feel free to upload your own ones! If you were a guest, but do not have access to the group, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Thank you to our Sponsors

The event would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors. Thanks to all our sponsors, including Alice Springs Airport, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Centralian Advocate, Skål International Alice Springs, Jump Inn Alice, Colemans Printing, Virgin Australia, Business Enterprise Centre NT and Epilogue Lounge for supporting us this year.


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