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Local operators win tourism awards

Monday, 30th July, 2012

The Outback Lodge’s Christine Hugo The Outback Lodge’s Christine Hugo

Local tour operators and accommodation owners have been recognised at a recent Tourism Award night in Mudgee.

Tri State Safaris/ Mutawintji Eco Tours were awarded the CountryLink Inland Tourism Award for Indigenous tourism and for transport

Eldee Station was awarded the winner of hosted accommodation and the Lodge Outback Motel was awarded the winner of standard

These awards were announced at the 2012 CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards on Saturday night.

Some of New South Wales' best inland regional tourism operators and attractions attended the event.

Attendees from across the state gathered together at the Parklands Resort in Mudgee on Saturday to find out which of the finalists would take home a coveted 2012 CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Award.

The annual award ceremony is hailed as the 'night of nights' for the Inland NSW regional Tourism Industry. The theme for this year's awards was country glamour and the night was a celebration of not only the NSW regional tourism industry but it was also a night to
experience the best of what Mudgee has to offer.

The 18 winners are now able to compete for finalist positions at the NSW Tourism Awards, which will be held in Sydney, later this year.

Chair of the Awards, Tracey Valenzisi said the awards showcased some of the best tourism attractions and products in NSW.

"All entrants were of a high calibre, in some categories the marks between finalists were so close that a silver award was given. There was a clear distinction between those applicants who have attended the INTA workshops, run by TIC NSW, throughout the year and those who did not have the chance to attend. The workshops give valuable information on submission writing and provide first hand experience and knowledge on how to best develop an entrants business," Ms Valenzisi said.

The INTA Board would like to congratulate all winners and finalists for their contribution to regional NSW tourism. Regional tourism supports almost half of the state's 162,500 direct tourism jobs and injects more than $11.5 billion into the state's economy each year.

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