Gold Awards For Australian Seaplane Operator
Kimberley-based Seaplane operator Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures rocked the palace and stole the show at the recent 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards ceremony. The family-owned and operated seaplane business was inducted into the WA Tourism Hall of Fame in two categories — Adventure Tourism and Unique Accommodations.
The induction sees Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures join the likes of Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Willie Creek Pearls, Argyle Diamond Ord Valley Muster and El Questro Wilderness Retreat as WA Tourism Hall of Famers. Certainly no stranger to the WA Tourism Awards, having previously won the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism last year and Gold medals in Adventure Tourism and Unique Accommodation for the past three years.
“It’s nice to see people really appreciate the quality of our product through these awards and of course getting into the Hall of Fame. We always offer a unique experience with the seaplanes being capable to land on water and are able to fly lower than most operators” the company’s owner stated.
With the win of Gold medals the company now automatically qualifies for the Australian Tourism Awards, which will be held in Launceston, Tasmania next year. Thomas says he hopes to repeat the Western Australian success on a national scale and potentially get an Australian Tourism Hall of Fame induction.
Even though the popularity and economic boost to communities served by seaplanes is clearly visible, the company recently learned that expansion by adding an additional route between Perth and Mandurah is being thwarted by authorities concerns about the compatibility of seaplanes with nature, wildlife and the fear that allowing operations would negatively affect the serenity of those who like to watch birds, the true motivators of human flight.