The Royal Australian Mint has been recognised as an exemplary Australian tourism provider and cultural institution at the 2019 Australian Tourism Awards, which was held in Canberra on Friday 6 March.
The Mint placed bronze for the 2019 Cultural Tourism Award, honouring the Mint as an outstanding tourism provider and cultural institution that fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of authentic culture, history, heritage and the arts in Australia.
The Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, congratulated the Royal Australian Mint’s staff for being recognised at the 2019 Australian Tourism Awards.
“Each year the Royal Australian Mint welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors and is a must see destination for those who visit Canberra. I congratulate the Mint and all the staff on this well-deserved Award, and I know they will continue to deliver a world-class experience for visitors into the future,” Minister Sukkar said.
The Mint progressed as a finalist to the 2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards following its acceptance of the Cultural Tourism and Visitor Experience Award at the 2019 Canberra Region Tourism Awards at the Australian War Memorial on 29 November 2019.
Education and Visitor Services Manager, Kate Landford, noted: “Finalists in the Australian Tourism Awards are premier providers in the tourism industry across Australia. For the Mint to be recognised as in the top few businesses in Australia providing Cultural Tourism experiences is an incredible achievement and reflective of the work our staff do every day telling a fascinating part of Australia's story through the lens of our currency's history.”
The Mint is also supporting VisitCanberra and the National Capital Attraction Association’s Canberra Super Pass initiative which is available to attendees of the 2020 Australian awards. It’s hoped the Super Pass will help showcase Canberra to award attendees from across Australia and promote overnight visitation in the region off the back of a difficult summer for businesses with impacts from the recent smoke, fire and hail.
The Mint is a must-see attraction - visitors to the Mint have the chance to see where every single Australian coin in the pockets of millions of Australians is made and the factory-viewing platform enables a rare and rich insight into its work, an opportunity offered at very few mints in the world.
The Mint is open every day, except Good Friday and Christmas Day. It offers free parking, free admission and free scheduled public tours.
Royal Australian Mint: Heather McGirr, Heather.McGirr@ramint.gov.au, 0418 164 769