The finalists for the 2014 Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) Awards of Excellence have been named ahead of the gala dinner and awards night on Friday, August 8.
The BMLOT Awards of Excellence recognises and promotes product and service quality in the regional tourism and hospitality industry.
The black tie event traditionally attracts a glittering array of regional and state industry personalities and stakeholders.
BMLOT chairman Daniel Myles said: “Congratulations to all finalists. Just to reach this stage means that you and your business are among the best tourism experiences and services in this region, an achievement you can most certainly be proud of.’’
Awards will be given in the following categories: Major Tourist Attraction, Tourist Attraction, Festivals & Events, Specialised Tourism Services, Visitor Information & Services, Business Tourism, Tour Operator, Adventure Tourism, Tourism Education & Training, Tourism Restaurant & Catering Services, Tourist & Caravan Park, Deluxe Accommodation, Luxury Accommodation and Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.
The finalists are Blue Mountains National Park, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Sculpture at Scenic World, Life’s An Adventure, Mountain Whispers, Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival, AskRoz, Oberon Visitor Information Centre, Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Retreat, Leura Garage, Lithgow Visitor Information Centre, Colourful Trips, Jenolan Caravan Park, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Scenic World, Wild Valley Art Park and Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains.
Awards will also be given in the following categories: Local Government Award for Tourism, Customer Service Employee of the Year, Young Customer Service Employee of the Year, Employee of the Year, Young Employee of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Regional Tourism Ambassador and Contribution to the Blue Mountains Bicentenary.
The gala dinner and awards ceremony will be held at Scenic World at Katoomba, the most visited private attraction in Australia and the recent winner of the Best Engineering category at the Australian Steel Institute NSW Awards for its Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger railway in the world. Entertainment will be provided by Waradah Aboriginal Dancers and the Steve Morrison Jazz Band.
The BMLOT regional tourism awards feed into the NSW Tourism Awards and the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. The highest scoring submission is recognised as Tourism Business of the Year at the Biznet Blue Mountains Business Awards.
Through the support of Tourism Industry Council NSW and the generosity of sponsors, BMLOT members have entered the regional awards for free. All entrants have also had the opportunity to attend free submission workshops and category winners will receive free mentoring before the NSW Tourism Awards later in the year.
The BMLOT Awards of Excellence gala dinner will be held at Scenic World, Violet St and Cliff Drive, Katoomba, at 7pm on Friday, August 8. Tickets: $120 per person or $1080 for a table of 10 (plus booking fee). Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org.