2011 NSW Tourism Awards held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre last night

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.  

Over 700 people attended the event

NSW Tourism Awards held last night

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.

Winners of the 2011 NSW Tourism Awards

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:

Category                                                                                                           Winner

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

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