Saturday, 10 March 2012

NSW Wins National Tourism Awards

 Jenolan Caves

A  record number of 11 NSW tourism operators took out national titles in the prestigious Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in Cairns recently.Of 189 finalists in 27 categories, NSW tourism operators received  11 first places, six silver and three bronze awards. Two awards went to our local Hunter Valley region of NSW at Scone and Newcastle.

“This is an outstanding result for NSW, demonstrating excellence in our tourism industry and highlighting the top-quality operators who are leaders among their peers,” Mr George Souris said. “NSW tourism operators were represented in all 27 categories, with eight Sydney-based businesses and operators in five regions winning accolades. In particular it was a great result for tourism operators in the State’s North Coast and Hunter regions, winning a total of 13 honours between them, showing the tremendous variety and quality of tourism businesses across NSW. All 26 NSW finalists are the cream of the crop and have displayed exceptional professionalism”.

Scone Motor Inn
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase, said the awards were a testament to outstanding achievement in the NSW industry. “The awards recognise tourism operators who are committed to innovation and demonstrate leadership in making the NSW tourism industry number one,” Ms Chipchase said. “I congratulate the 26 NSW finalists, especially the 11 winners, who have worked so hard to achieve success and recognition.”

A full list of NSW award winners and finalists is below.

NSW Winners
Newcastle Airport 
The Magic of Jenolan   - Tourist Attraction
NSW Caravan, Camping, RV & Holiday Supershow - Festivals & Events
Jenolan Caves, Written in Stone - Heritage & Cultural Tourism
Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery - Indigenous Tourism
Newcastle Airport - Specialised Tourism Services 
Tri State Safaris - Tour &/or Transport Operator  
Travel 21 fiftythree - Tourism Education & Training  
BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park - Tourist & Caravan Parks  
Sydney Harbour YHA - Backpacker Accommodation
Scone Motor Inn - Standard Accommodation  
Lane Cove River Tourist Park - Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism

NSW Silver Awards
Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo - Major Tourist Attraction  
Lane Cove River Tourist Park - Ecotourism  
Tri State Safaris - Adventure Tourism  
Margan Restaurant - Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services  
Wyndham Estate - Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Boutique Breweries  
Mollymook Beach Waterfront -  Hosted Accommodation  

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa
NSW Bronze Awards
Shoal Bay Resort & Spa - Meetings & Business Tourism  
Moonshadow Cruises - Major Tour &/or Transport Operator  
The Legendary Pacific Coast - Tourism Marketing  

NSW Finalists
Bluesfest Byron Bay - Major Festivals & Events  
Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre - Visitor Information & Services
Somewhere Unique – An Escape for 2 in the Hunter - Unique Accommodation  
Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel - Deluxe Accommodation  
Sheraton on the Park - Luxury Accommodation  
Tandara, Lane Cove National Park - New Tourism Development

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