2011 NSW Tourism Awards Winners

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From adventure pursuits such as Tri State Safaris in the outback and Sydney Harbour YHA backpacker accommodation, to Indigenous Tourism leaders Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery and major tourist attraction The Magic of Jenolan, NSW’s most innovative and outstanding tourism businesses were recognised last night in Sydney as the winners of the 2011 NSW Tourism Awards.

Recognising 30 categories of tourism operators from NSW’s exciting tourism industry, the winners were judged from hundreds of entries covering restaurant and catering services, accommodation, tourism education and training, heritage and cultural tourism, festivals and events.

Now in its 22nd year, the NSW Tourism Awards managed by Tourism Industry Council NSW supports the development of the tourism industry which contributes $28.7 billion per year to the NSW economy.

The depth of offering and professional calibre of product has strongly grown since the awards began and Ken Corbett, Chairman, Tourism Industry Council NSW, said that the range of entries symbolises that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, especially in the many small businesses that make up the industry.   

“Small businesses are a vital element to the NSW tourism landscape. The value that they bring to providing employment opportunities to their regions cannot be underestimated.

“This year the winners demonstrated an enormous amount of pride in what they do; this exceptional pride in their product is exemplified in the innovative thinking and dedication to client experiences that we see all around the state,” said Mr Corbett.

Jon Hutchinson, outgoing CEO of Business Events Sydney was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and Lori Moddle was recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism.

The Young Achiever award was presented to Ollie Philpot from the Central Coast.

The 2011 NSW Tourism Awards were announced at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in front of 700 people. The NSW Tourism Award winners will automatically become finalists in the National Tourism Awards, to be held in Cairns in March 2012.

The Full List of Winners:

Major Tourist Attractions
Gold Award
Taronga Zoo (Sydney)
http://taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo
Silver Award
BridgeClimb Sydney (Sydney)
www.bridgeclimb.com
Bronze Award
Cape Byron State Conservation Area (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.environment.nsw.gov.au

 

Tourist Attractions
Gold Award
The Magic of Jenolan, Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains)
www.jenolancaves.org.au
Silver Award
Mogo Zoo (South Coast)
www.mogozoo.com.au
Bronze Award
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures (Central Coast)
www.glenworth.com.au

 

Major Festivals and Events
Gold Award
Bluesfest Byron Bay (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.bluesfest.com.au
Silver Award
Sydney Royal Easter Show (Sydney)
www.eastershow.com.au
Bronze Award
2011 Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia Port Macquarie (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers) www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au

 

Festival and Events
Gold Award
NSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)
www.caravan-camping.com.au
Silver Award
Christmas Lights Spectacular (Hunter)
www.hvg.com.au
Bronze Award
Deniliquin Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival (Riverina)
www.deniutemuster.com.au

 

Ecotourism
Gold Award
Lane Cove River Tourist Park (Sydney)
www.lcrtp.com.au
Silver Award
The Ancient Underworld- Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains)
www.jenolancaves.org.au
Bronze Award
Dorrigo National Park (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.nswnationalparks.com.au

 

Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Gold Award
Written in Stone- Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains)
www.jenolancaves.org.au
Silver Award
Blue Mountains Walking Tracks (Blue Mountains)
www.environment.nsw.gov.au
Bronze Award
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre (Central Coast)
www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au

 

Indigenous Tourism
Gold Award
Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery (North Coast – Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers)
www.nswnationalparks.com.au
Silver Award
Sculptures in the Scrub (New England NW)

 

Specialised Tourism Services
Gold Award
Newcastle Airport (Hunter)
www.newcastleairport.com.au
Silver Award
Bentonu – incorporating Bent on Food/Bent on Life (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.bentonfood.com.au
Bronze Award
Spa Sublime (Blue Mountains)
www.spasublime.com.au

 

Visitor Information and Services -The Rod Murdoch Memorial Award
Gold Award
Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
Silver Award
Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres (Northern Rivers)
www.visitlismore.com.au
Bronze Award
The Next Revolution: Visitor Services 2.0 (South Coast)
www.visitwollongong.com.au

 

Meetings and Business Tourism
Gold Award
Shoal Bay Resort & Spa (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.shoalbayresort.com
Silver Award
Mercure Kooindah Waters (Central Coast)
www.kooindahwaters.com.au
Bronze Award
Old Leura Dairy (Blue Mountains)
www.oldleuradairy.com

 

Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
Gold Award
Moonshadow Cruises (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.moonshadow.com.au
Silver Award
AAT Kings Sydney Day Tours (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)
Bronze Award
Northern Highland Travel (Hunter)
www.nht.com.au

 

Tour and/or Transport Operators
Gold Award
Tri State Safaris (Outback NSW)
www.tristate.com.au
Silver Award
Activity Tours Australia – Hunter Valley Tour (Hunter)
www.activitytours.com.au
Bronze Award
Life’s An Adventure (Blue Mountains)
www.lifesanadventure.com.au

 

Adventure Tourism
Gold Award
Tri State Safaris (Outback NSW)
www.tristate.com.au
Silver Award
Adventure Underground – Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains)
www.jenolancaves.org.au
Bronze Award
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures (Central Coast)
www.glenworth.com.au

 

Tourism Marketing
Gold Award
The Legendary Pacific Coast (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.pacificcoast.com.au
Silver Award
New England North West Drive Campaign (New England NW)
Bronze Award
The NSW Caravan & Camping Holiday and Touring Guide 2011 (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

 

Tourism Education and Training
Gold Award
Travel 21fiftythree (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)
http://wsi.tafensw.edu.au/colleges-and-specialist-centres/the-hills/

Silver Award
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (Blue Mountains)
www.hotelschool.com.au

 

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Gold Award
Margan Restaurant (Hunter)
www.margan.com.au
Silver Award
Byron Beach Cafe (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.byronbeachcafe.com.au
Bronze Award
The Corner Restaurant Cafe (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.cornerrestaurant.com.au

 

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries
Gold Award
Wyndham Estate Winery (Hunter)
www.wyndhamestate.com
Silver Award
Silos Estate (South Coast)
www.thesilos.com

 

Tourist and Caravan Parks
Gold Award
BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)www.northstar.com.au
Silver Award
Lane Cove River Tourist Park (Sydney)
www.lcrtp.com.au
Bronze Award
BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park (Riverina)
www.big4deniliquin.com

 

Backpacker Accommodation
Gold Award
Sydney Harbour YHA (Sydney)
www.yha.com.au

 

Hosted Accommodation
Gold Award
Mollymook Beach Waterfront (South Coast)
www.mollymookbeachwaterfront.com.au
Silver Award
Ossian Hall Valley Retreat (Greater Sydney and Surrounds) 
www.ossianhall.com.au
Bronze Award
Eldee Station (Outback NSW)
www.eldeestation.com

 

Unique Accommodation
Gold Award
Somewhere Unique – An Escape for 2 in the Hunter (Hunter)
www.somewhereunique.com.au
Silver Award
All Seasons Houseboats (The Murray)
www.allseasonshouseboats.com.au
Bronze Award
Banjos Bushland Retreat (Hunter)
www.banjosretreat.com.au

 

Standard Accommodation
Gold Award
Scone Motor Inn (Hunter)
www.sconemotorinn.com.au
Silver Award
Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour (Sydney)
Bronze Award
The Old Vic Inn Historic Guesthouse (Central NSW)
www.oldvicinn.com.au

 

Deluxe Accommodation
Gold Award
Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.mwaters.com.au
Silver Award
The Observatory Port Macquarie (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.observatory.net.au
Bronze Award
Shoal Bay Resort & Spa (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.shoalbayresort.com

 

Luxury Accommodation
Gold Award
Sheraton on the Park (Sydney)
www.sheraton.com/sydney
Silver Award
Chateau Elan Hunter Valley (Hunter)
www.chateauelan.com.au

 

New Tourism Development
Gold Award
Tandara (Sydney)
www.lcrtp.com.au
Silver Award
Savannah Visitor Plaza and Free Access Area at Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Central NSW)
www.taronga.org.au
Bronze Award
Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Venue (Riverina)
www.corowawhiskyandchocolate.com.au

 

Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
Gold Award
Lane Cove River Tourist Park (Sydney)
www.lcrtp.com.au
Silver Award
Old Leura Dairy (Blue Mountains)
www.oldleuradairy.com
Bronze Award
Silos Estate (South Coast)
www.thesilos.com

 

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
Jon Hutchison (Sydney)

 

Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism by an Individual
Lori Modde (Outback NSW)
www.lorickmanagement.com.au

 

Young Achiever in Tourism Award
Ollie Philpot (Central Coast)

 

Tourist Pubs
Gold Award
Shoal Bay Country Club (North Coast – Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers)
www.shoalbayresort.com
Silver Award
Morundah Hotel (Riverina)
Bronze Award
Gol Gol Hotel (The Murray)
www.golgolpub.com.au

 

The Sun-Herald Readers’ Choice Award
Mogo Zoo (South Coast)
www.mogozoo.com.au

 

Tourism Industry Council NSW congratulates the Winners!

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