Seaworks Foundation has won the Tourism category of the 2015 Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Awards.
At a dinner in the Williamstown Town Hall on October 9, Seaworks took the Tourism award from three other finalists.
Seaworks Foundation chairman Trevor Huggard said the award was great recognition for the achievements the maritime heritage site had made during the past 10 years.
Mr Huggard said Seaworks was now one of Hobsons Bay’s biggest tourism venues, attracting more than 100,000 people to the site every year.
“We are very pleased to be recognised with this significant honour,” he said.
“We thank the Hobsons Bay Council for making these awards available.”
Mr Huggard said Seaworks had made a lot of headway in recent years in its aim of being a premier maritime history centre in Victoria, capable of attracting tens of thousands of visitors to Hobsons Bay each year.
“This includes the 2013 Seaworks Maritime Festival, where seven tall ships from around the world brought in 30,000 visitors over a single week, plus the Pier to Plate seafood festival earlier this year,” he said.
“We believe that as Seaworks becomes more popular and attracts more events to the site, there will be flow-on effects to the local business community.”
Seaworks Foundation has completed a Precinct Plan and a Conservation Management Plan, both key documents which will guide the restoration and development of the site in the coming years.
Mr Huggard said Seaworks was entering a new phase of its development, which would only make it an even better tourism venue for the future.