2013 NSW TOURISM AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Finalists for the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards have been announced by the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, including three tourism businesses from the Coffs Harbour electorate.
The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the NSW Tourism Awards recognise excellence and the achievements of the NSW tourism industry across 31 categories including attractions, festivals and events, ecotourism, tour and transport operators, marketing and accommodation and outstanding contribution from individuals.
“The Awards are a submission and inspection-based program presented by the Tourism Industry Council NSW, which provides the opportunity to publicly recognise and showcase the State’s finest tourism operators,” Mr Fraser added.
“The three Coffs Harbour electorate tourism businesses are Coffs Coast Marketing for the booklet ‘101 Things to Do on the Coffs Coast’, Dolphin Marine Magic (Pet Porpoise Pool Pty Ltd) and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in conjunction with Coffs Harbour City Council for the Solitary Island Coastal Walk.
“Tourism currently contributes more than $26 billion to the NSW visitor economy from overnight visitor expenditure and creates one in 24 jobs in NSW,” Minister Souris said.
“The Awards provide a valuable role in highlighting and recognising the diversity and strength of our State’s tourism attractions, accommodation and experiences.”
The NSW Tourism Awards Program aims to reinforce the value of tourism to the State, provide a benchmark for best practice within the tourism industry, encourage the continual raising of standards and celebrate the industry’s creativity, professionalism and innovation.
A total of 233 individual tourism operators have made submissions across the 31 award categories with 172 named as finalists. Winners in 27 of the 31 categories at State level will automatically progress to the National level to compete in the Australian Tourism Awards.
The 2013 NSW Tourism Awards will be held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on 28 November 2013. For information on the Award finalists and to purchase tickets to the gala ceremony, please visit: http://www.nswtourismawards.com.au.
15 October 2013
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