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Saturday, October 5, 2013

NSW Tourism Awards: 2013 Finalists show new levels of innovation:

The high quality of tourism businesses in NSW was revealed today as the finalists for the highly contested annual 2013 NSW Tourism Awards were announced by organisers Tourism Industry Council NSW.

The finalists from 31 categories come from a range of tourism areas such as Major Tourist Attractions, Ecotourism, Destination Marketing, Tourism Education and Training. The Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement throughout the year, and the program is supported by Destination NSW.

Andrew Jefferies, General Manager of Tourism Industry Council NSW, said the 2013 results are reflective of not only the excellence and high standard of tourism products on offer across the state, but also of the entrant’s ability to evolve their products and services to remain competitive.

“I’m confident that the quality of this year’s finalists will go on to be reflected at the national level. To see so many of our state’s tourism operators grow and challenge themselves by entering the awards showcases the strength and resilience of our industry.

“Overall, this year’s results have a common theme; it seems that operators now understand the role sustainability plays in their business. Entrants across the board have also shown they are more innovative in their services and have focused on what more they can provide their clientele,” said Mr Jefferies.

This year Reg Edwards, Chair of the Judges, was extremely pleased to see so many new entrants.

“The new entries really took the calibre of entrants to a whole new level this year, making our job as judges quite difficult! We look forward to celebrating with the finalists and winners at the gala ceremony in November,” said Mr Edwards.

The winners of the 24th NSW Tourism Awards will go through to compete for the state at the QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards in February 2014.

The judging process was conducted by a panel of highly experienced tourism professionals and checked and verified by Bell Partners, specialised auditors.

All industry members and finalists are invited to attend the NSW Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony on Thursday 28 November 2013 at Royal Randwick. Tickets are available for purchase, please click here:

List of Finalists for 2013:

101 Things to Do on Coffs Coast
18th Australian National Ballooning Championships
2012 - 2013 "Lots to Love. Love the Lake" marketing campaign
2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival
Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Australian Reptile park
Bago Vineyards
Ballina Visitor Information Centre
Balloon Aloft
Banjos Bushland Retreat
Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
Bent on Food
BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park
BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park
BIG4 Soldiers Point Holiday Park
Billabong Eco Retreat
Black Queen Theatre on the Ridge
Blackheath Glen Tourist Park
Blue Mountains City Council
Blue Mountains Day Tour
Blue Mountains Discovery Walks Talks and Tours
Blue Mountains Heritage Walking Tracks
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains Tours
Blue Mountains Trolley Tours
Boggabri Drovers Campfire
Brewarrina Visitor Information & Cultural Centre
Broken Hill 2012 Destination Marketing Campaign
Burnbrae Wines
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Byron Bay Cottages Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Byron Beach Cafe
Camden Show
Canons Shuttles & Sydney Day Tours
Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Chateau Elan at The Vintage
Chifley Penrith
City Evolutions
Clarence River Tourism
Clarence River Wilderness Lodge
Cockatoo Island Camping
Convict Footprints on the Old Great North Road, Dharug National Park
Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages & Spa Retreat
DAG Sheep Station
Deni Blues and Roots Festival
Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat
Dolphin Marine Magic - Pet Porpoise Pool Pty Ltd
Eco Inn Warners Bay
Eco River Cruises, Eco Cruiseykayaking & Eco Guided Kayak Tours Byron Bay
Eldee Station
Elm Cottage
Esca Bimbadgen
Experience a Forest Playground
Fairmont Resort MGallery
Fairview ArtSpace
Follow the Bicentenary at
Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
Gold Trails
Green Gully Track
Griffith City Council Visitor Information Centre
Halifax Holiday Park
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Carmen
Hermitage Lodge
Honeycomb Valley Farm
It's On! in the Gong
Jenolan Caves
Lavender Majestic
Leeton Visitor Information Centre
Life's An Adventure
Lismore City Council
Lismore Visitor Information Centre
Lithgow Visitor Information Centre
Lowe Wines
Luna Park Sydney
Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel
Marcel Towers Holiday Apartments
Margan Wines
Mercure Kooindah Waters
Mercure Sydney
Merimbula Beach Holiday Park
Mollymook Beach Waterfront
Moonshadow Cruises
Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre
Moree Visitor Information Centre
Mountain Heritage
Mountains Whispers
Mowbray Park
Nambucca River Tourist Park
Nightcap Travel and Restaurant and TAFE Air
Nimbin Rox YHA
Norah Head Lighthouse
Northern Highland Travel
Novotel Sydney Olympic Park
Nundle Woollen Mill
Old Fashion Favourites
Oyster Bay Bed & Breakfast
Parkes Shire Council
Port Macquarie Hastings Council
Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park
QT Sydney
restaurant nineteen23
Sand Dune Adventures
Scenic Railway
Scenic World
Scone Motor Inn
Sculpture at Scenic World
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Sealy Lookout
Shoal Bay Resort & Spa
Silvermere Guesthouse
Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre
Skydive the Beach Sydney
Soldiers Point Holiday Park
Solitary Islands Coastal Walk
Somewhere Unique
South West Rocks Dive Centre
Spa Sublime
State Forests of the Watagan Mountains
Stays in the Vines
Strickland State Forest
Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park
Sydney Harbour YHA
Sydney Seaplanes
Sydney Tower Eye
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Taronga Zoo
Tastings on Hastings
Telegraph Retreat Luxury Cottages
The Carrington Hotel
The Corner Restaurant
The Glasshouse
The Green Gully Track
The Legendary Pacific Coast
The Lodge Outback Motel
The Nelson Resort
The Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley
The Vintry
Tourism Southern Highlands
Travel and Event Management Section, Northern Beaches Campus, TAFE NSW
TreeTop Adventure Park Central Coast
TreeTop Adventure Park Sydney
Tri State Safaris/Mutawintji Eco Tours
Two Feet & a Heartbeat walking tours Sydney
Vacation Village
Waradah Aboriginal Centre
Wild Valley Art Park
Willow Bend Caravan Park

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