The 2013 NSW Tourism Awards finalist list has been released by the Tourism Industry Council (TIC) NSW, and 26 Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) members have made the final cut.
The 31 awards categories celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses which demonstrate outstanding achievement throughout the year and the program is supported by Destination NSW.
TIC NSW general manager Andrew Jefferies said the 2013 results were reflective of not only the excellence and high standard of tourism products on offer across the state but also of the entrants’ ability to evolve their products and services to remain competitive.
“I’m confident that the quality of this year’s finalists will go on to be reflected at the national level.
“To see so many of our state’s tourism operators grow and challenge themselves by entering the awards showcases the strength and resilience of our industry.
“Overall, this year’s results have a common theme: it seems that operators now understand the role sustainability plays in their business. Entrants across the board have also shown they are more innovative in their services and have focused on what more they can provide their clientele.’’
Chairman of the judges Reg Edwards said he was pleased to see so many new entrants: “The new entries really took the calibre of entrants to a whole new level this year, making our job as judges quite difficult.’’
The judging process was conducted by a panel of highly experienced tourism professionals and checked and verified by specialised auditors Bell Partners.
The gala awards night will be held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on November 28.
The winners of the 24th NSW Tourism Awards will compete for the state at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in February 2014.
This year’s BMLOT member finalists are:
Blackheath Glen Tourist Park
Blue Mountains City Council
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains Trolley Tours
Fairmont Resort MGallery
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Life’s An Adventure
Lithgow Visitor Information Centre
Sculpture at Scenic World
The Carrington Hotel
Waradah Aboriginal Centre
Wild Valley Art Park