With great excitement, the de Groots Media team last night attended the 2011 NSW Tourism Awards at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Having worked closely with the tourism industry for over two decades, it is always a fantastic night where the winners of each tourism category are rewarded for all their hard work.
With over 700 people in attendance, MC Mike Whitney kept us amused throughout the evening as we clapped and clapped and clapped. While my hands were a little sore by the end of the evening, it was a brilliant event and I met some lovely people.
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.
Special mention must go to Jon Hutchinson, outgoing CEO of Business Events Sydney, who was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and to Lori Modde, who was recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism.
We wish all the NSW Tourism Award winners good luck at the National Tourism Awards, which are held in Cairns in March 2012.
The Full List of Winners:
Adventure Tourism Tri State Safaris
Backpacker Accommodation Sydney Harbour YHA
Deluxe Accommodation Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel
Ecotourism Lane Cove River Tourist Park
Festivals and Events NSW Caravan, Camping, RV & Holiday Supershow
Heritage and Cultural Tourism Written in Stone
Hosted Accommodation Mollymook Beach Waterfront
Indigenous Tourism Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery
Luxury Accommodation Sheraton on the Park
Major Festivals and Events Bluesfest Byron Bay
Major Tour and/or Transport Operators Moonshadow Cruises
Major Tourist Attractions Taronga Zoo
Meetings and Business Tourism Shoal Bay Resort & Spa
New Tourism Development Tandara
Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism Lori Modde
Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by an Individual Jon Hutchison
QANTAS Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Lane Cove River Tourist Park
Specialised Tourism Services Newcastle Airport
Standard Accommodation Scone Motor Inn
Tour and/or Transport Operators Tri State Safaris
Tourism Education and Training Travel 21fiftythree
Tourism Marketing The Legendary Pacific Coast
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services Margan Restaurant
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries Wyndham Estate Winery
Tourist and Caravan Parks BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park
Tourist Attractions The Magic of Jenolan
Tourist Pubs Shoal Bay Country Club Hotel
Unique Accommodation Somewhere Unique – An Escape for 2 in the Hunter
Visitor Information and Services Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre
Young Achiever in Tourism Award Ollie Philpot
Maureen de Groot