Outstanding tourism businesses from across New South Wales were honoured tonight as the winners of the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards were announced at Luna Park in Sydney.

Managed by the Tourism Industry division of the NSW Business Chamber, the state’s peak business organisation, and proudly supported by Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism excellence in NSW.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said Destination NSW was 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. Tonight was a wonderful testament to the ongoing strength of the NSW tourism industry,” Ms Chipchase said.

Twenty eight Award winners were announced in a range of categories including Major Tourist Attractions, Festivals and Events, Destination Marketing and Accommodation. With over 110 finalists in 2016, each winner was selected by an independent judging panel for their exceptional contribution to the NSW Tourism Industry.

Five winners were inducted into the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Chateau Elan at The Vintage, AAT Kings NSW, Big4 Deniliquin Holiday Park, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Margan Wines & Restaurant who took out top honours in their respective categories for the third year in a row.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the NSW Tourism Awards highlight how the State’s finest tourism operators continue to attract people to stay, play and enjoy areas across the state.

“This year’s NSW Tourism Award winners represent individuals and businesses whose commitment to excellence continues to make NSW the number one destination to visit in Australia,” Mr Ayres said.

State Winners from 25 of the Award categories will advance to the 2016 QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards to be held at the Darwin Convention Centre on Friday 24th February 2017.

NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Cartwright, congratulated this year’s winners for their outstanding performance.

“This year’s winners and finalists should be incredibly proud to be acknowledged as the leading tourism businesses in NSW. Award entrants continue to showcase a diverse array of talent, passion and innovative drive that allows our state’s tourism industry to thrive. Good luck to all winners continuing on the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in February,” Mr Cartwright said.

2016 Gold Winners
 

Category

Winner

Region

Note

Major Tourist Attractions

BridgeClimb Sydney

Sydney

 

Tourist Attractions

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Country NSW

 

Major Festivals and Events

Byron Bay Bluesfest

North Coast

 

Festivals and Events

Parkes Elvis Festival

Country NSW

 

Ecotourism

Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks

North Coast

 

Cultural Tourism

Nundle Woollen Mill

Country NSW

 

QANTAS Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Sand Dune Adventures

The Hunter

 

Specialised Tourism Services

Ask Roz

Blue Mountains

 

Visitor Information Services

Southern Highlands Welcome Centre

Country NSW

 

Business Event Venues

Château Élan at The Vintage

The Hunter

Hall of Fame Winner

Major Tourism and Transport Operators

AAT Kings New South Wales

Sydney

Hall of Fame Winner

Tour and Transport Operators

Beyond Ballooning

The Hunter

 

Adventure Tourism

Lets Go Surfing Australia

Sydney

 

Destination Marketing

Reset your senses in Mudgee Region

Country NSW

 

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Cupitt's Kitchen

South Coast

 

Tourism, Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Cupitt's Winery and Brewery

South Coast

 

Caravan and Holiday Parks

BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park

Murray

Hall of Fame Winner

Hosted Accomodation

Eldee Station

Outback NSW

 

Unique Accomodation

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Country NSW

Hall of Fame Winner

Self Contained Accommodation

Lilypad Luxury Cabins

North Coast

 

Standard Accommodation

Moama on Murray Resort

Murray

 

Deluxe Accommodation

The Observatory, Port Macquarie

North Coast

 

Luxury Accommodation

The Darling Hotel

Sydney

 

New Tourism Business

Rees International

North Coast

 

Excellence in Food Tourism

Margan Wines and Restaurant

The Hunter

Hall of Fame Winner

Tourism Education and Training

TEACH at Wollongbar TAFE

North Coast

Does not progress to Nationals

Outstanding Contribution by and Individual

Cameron Arnold

 

Does not progress to Nationals

People's Choice

Australian Reptile Park

Central Coast

Does not progress to Nationals