The achievements of the State's tourism industry were celebrated overnight during a gala ceremony to mark the 2018 NSW Tourism Awards.23 November 2018
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall congratulated the winners and said they exemplified the high standard and diverse range of NSW tourism experiences on offer.
“Tourism is big business and a vital industry to our State’s economy directly employing 171,200 people which accounts for 1 in 22 jobs in NSW,” Mr Marshall said.
“I thank all of the winners for their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to offering the very best tourism and events experiences and congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.
“NSW is the proud home of iconic landmarks, stunning beaches, a cosmopolitan capital city and breathtaking outback, yet for so many visitors their highlight is the people and businesses they engage with during their stay, many of whom have been recognised as part of the NSW Tourism Awards program.
“I’m very proud the NSW Visitor Economy is the envy of every other state, with the greatest share of domestic and international visitors, visitor nights and expenditure, and an impressive calendar of major events.”
Seventy-one award winners were announced in a range of categories including Major Tourist Attractions, Festivals and Events, Destination Marketing and Accommodation.
Four winners were inducted into the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame including Parkes Shire Council – 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival, Sand Dune Adventures, Lets Go Surfing Australia and Cupitt’s Winery and Brewery, which took out top honours in their respective categories for the third year in a row.
Managed by the Tourism Industry division of the NSW Business Chamber and supported by the NSW Government, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism excellence in NSW. The winners will go on to represent NSW at the Australian Tourism Awards in March 2019.
The full list of winners, including silver, bronze and highly commended is available at www.nswtourismawards.com/Winners-and-Finalists
Major Tourist Attractions
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Forestry Corporation of NSW
Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest
Major Festivals and Events
Splendour in the Grass 2017
Festivals and Events
Parkes Shire Council
2018 Parkes Elvis Festival
Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay
Nundle Woollen Mill
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism
Sand Dune Adventures
Specialised Tourism Services
Visitor Information and Services
Yass Valley Council - Yass Valley Information Centre
Business Event Venue
Elements of Byron
Major Tour and Transport Operators
Moonshadow - TQC Cruises
Tour and Transport Operators
Port Stephens 4WD Tours
Lets Go Surfing Australia
100 Beach Challenge Campaign
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Margan Winery & Restaurant
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
Cupitt’s Winery and Brewery
Caravan and Holiday Parks
BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry
Sierra Escape Mudgee
Self Contained Accommodation
Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga
Lodge Outback Motel
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel
Elements of Byron
New Tourism Business
Blue Ginger Picnics
Excellence in Food Tourism
Cupitt’s Winery, Brewery, Fromagerie and Kitchen
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual (NSW)
Dean Gorddard (posthumous award)
Tourism Education and Training
TEACH at TAFE NSW Wollongbar
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