The achievements of the State’s tourism industry were celebrated during a special ceremony at Luna Park Sydney to mark the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the awards showcase the State’s finest tourism operators helping to drive unprecedented visitor numbers.
“NSW’s continuing tourism success story is capturing international attention. Thanks to the superstars of our tourism industry, the next chapter is set to be an incredible one,” Mr Ayers said.
“NSW, with our glorious harbour city and magnificent regions is now at the top of the wish list for travellers and it’s easy to see why.
“These operators have helped us grow the value of NSW tourism – which reaped $25.5 billion in visitor expenditure for our State last year and attracted 32.5 million overnight visitors, who stayed 180 million nights.
“Most importantly, tourism is one of our biggest employers, supporting more than 171,000 direct jobs and injecting vital funds straight back into our economy.”
Twenty eight Award winners were announced in a range of categories including Major Tourist Attractions, Festivals and Events, Destination Marketing and Accommodation.
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said Destination NSW is proud to support the NSW Tourism Awards.
“Awards such as these provide a valuable platform to encourage businesses to consistently strive for excellence in their respective fields and last night was a wonderful testament to the ongoing strength of the NSW tourism industry,” Ms Chipchase said.
“The Awards highlight the diversity and strength of attractions and experiences in NSW and the vital role industry plays in making sure visitors enjoy their stay, tell others and return year after year.”
Major Tourist Attractions
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Major Festivals and Events
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Festivals and Events
Parkes Elvis Festival
Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks
Nundle Woollen Mill
Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism
Sand Dune Adventures
Specialised Tourism Services
Visitor Information Services
Southern Highlands Welcome Centre
Business Event Venue
Château Élan at The Vintage
Major Tour and Transport Operators
AAT Kings New South Wales
Tour and Transport Operators
Let’s Go Surfing Australia
Reset your senses in Mudgee Region
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
Cupitt’s Winery and Brewery
Caravan and Holiday Parks
BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Self Contained Accommodation
Lilypad Luxury Cabins
Moama on Murray Resort
The Observatory Port Macquarie
The Darling Hotel
New Tourism Business
Excellence in Food Tourism
Margan Wines & Restaurant
Tourism Education and Training
TEACH at Wollongbar TAFE
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
Australian Reptile Park