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Posted on 03/02/2022 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Penguin Parade wins Victorian Tourism Award

Phillip Island Nature Parks’ innovative campaigns to bring joy to local and global audiences during the pandemic have been recognised at last night’s Victorian Tourism Awards.


Nature Parks won the award for Tourism Innovation and Resilience in Regional Victoria, sponsored by the Victorian Tourism Industry Council and the City of Melbourne.


Nature Parks started the world-first Live Penguin TV during the early COVID-19 lockdowns and the live streaming of the famous nightly Penguin Parade commentated by rangers was watched by more than 25 million people across 85 countries. Nature Parks also created bi-lingual streams for Japanese and German audiences and a special Live Penguin TV for fans in the United Kingdom during their lockdown.


Nature Parks also scored a global coup when BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter created a video of his commentary of the Penguin Parade which has had more than 45 million views.


Phillip Island Nature Parks’ chief executive Catherine Basterfield said she was proud her team was recognised for helping put smiles on the faces of audiences around the world during the pandemic lockdowns.


“When COVID-19 forced us to close our doors to tourists we had to think creatively about how we could continue to bring our Little Penguins to the public every night,’’ Ms Basterfield said.


“Not only did we successfully achieve that goal, but we found new audiences around the world who fell in love with our Little Penguins. We look forward to seeing our new fans in person on Phillip Island when the borders fully open.’’



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