The finalists that will contest the prestigious 2019 NSW Tourism Awards have been announced, acknowledging the exceptional quality of tourism operators across NSW.
Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the NSW Tourism Awards attracted 146 entrants representing a diverse range of businesses from across New South Wales and a large number representing the Mid North Coast.
Finalists across 26 categories are recognised for excellence in a range of tourism areas such as Tourist Attractions, Festivals and Events, Ecotourism, New Tourism Business, Destination Marketing, Accommodation and Excellence in Accessible Tourism.
"The NSW Tourism Awards are the most prestigious awards in the tourism industry, with a long history of celebrating and recognising business excellence, innovation and outstanding customer service by tourism operators," said NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Kellon Beard.
"We're thrilled to see so many businesses entering the Awards this year, many for the first time, to benchmark their business against their peers and gain recognition for their accomplishments and innovation", he said.
Managed by the Tourism Industry Division of the NSW Business Chamber and supported by Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement throughout the year.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres congratulated the finalists for their collaborative efforts that ensure NSW retains its post as Australia's number one State for tourism and major events.
"NSW continues to break records for visitation and visitor related expenditure, and this is largely thanks to the innovation, professionalism and determination our local industry operators bring to the table," Minister Ayres said.
"The NSW Government has set an ambitious target of delivering $55 billion in overnight visitor expenditure for the State's economy by 2030, and the calibre of industry leaders recognised by these awards give me great confidence that we will surpass that target."
The winners of the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner on November 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Gold Medal winners in categories 1 to 25 go on to represent NSW at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be held in Canberra in March 2020.
NSW TOURISM AWARDS FINALISTS
DESTINATION NORTH COAST NSW
- Bent on Food, Wingham
- BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry
- Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort, Yamba
- Blue Ginger Picnics, Banora Point
- Clarence Valley Council: Grafton's Jacaranda Season
- Coffs Coast Surf Tours, Coffs Harbour
- Coffs Harbour City Council: Coffs Coast Destination - Naturally Connected
- Elements of Byron, Byron Bay
- Forestry Corporation of NSW: Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest, Coffs Harbour
- Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay
- Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, Ellenborough
- Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks
- Lismore City Council: Eat the Street Lismore
- Lismore Lantern Parade
- Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel, Port Macquarie
- North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point
- NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park
- Observatory Holiday Apartments, Coffs Harbour
- Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks
- Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga
- Splendour in the Grass 2018, Byron Bay
- Table Under a Tree, Rosebank
- Tasting Plate Tours, Terranora
- Telegraph Retreat Cottages, Telegraph Point
- The Giingan Experience by Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, Coffs Harbour
- Vision Walks - Eco Tours, Brunswick Heads
- Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours, Coffs Harbour