Watering holes now in tourism awards
Monday, 9th August, 2010
For the first time, pubs have been invited to enter the NSW Tourism Awards.
Minister for Tourism, Jodi McKay, said good pubs could add something special to a visitor's experience.
"The local pub is often one of the first places that visitors look for to get a better feel for what's going on in the community, particularly in regional NSW," she said.
"As well as offering great food and accommodation they can also show how friendly the locals are and give tourists lots of reasons to want to come back to the area."
Ms McKay said the new award would acknowledge hotels that demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for making the visitor experience the best it could be.
The award will focus on both the service and facilities offered by local pubs that add that "special something" to the tourism experience," she said.
"Regardless of the pub's size, location or turnover, pub owners and operators should consider entering this award."
Terry Barclay, part-owner of the Junction Hotel, believes that the inclusion of pubs and hotels will benefit Broken Hill.
"I think anything that will increase awareness for people out of town is important," Mr Barclay said.
Mr Barclay said recognition of local pubs and hotel is a postive thing.
"Absolutely ... Hotels play a key role ... (we) get a lot of tourists here ... if you have a good feed, the service is good and the setting ... tourists will go away and tell other people."
The Junction Hotel is not registered for the 2010 Tourism Awards but Mr Barclay said he was willing to "have a crack" at the awards.
Mr Barclay said he finds he gets a lot of business from the Silver Haven Motel and the Lakeview Caravan park.
Submissions are due on August 21. The 2010 NSW Tourism Award winners will be announced in November.