Four of the best
Monday, 11th July, 2016
By Daniel Stringer
The nominations for the Regional Tourism Awards have been announced and four local businesses have scored themselves nominations.
Outback Astronomy, Eldee Station, The Silverton Hotel and Tri State Safaris were all told that their bids for nominations had been successful.
The four local businesses are among 38 nominees across 26 categories from 84 local government areas across NSW and Victoria.
It is the first nomination for the Silverton Hotel and comes after six years of renovations by owners Peter and Patsy Price.
The nomination is in the category of Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services and Peter says it is a great reward for the hundreds of hours spent on the application.
“It is just great, we are very happy with it and we see it as a great reward for all the hard work we have put into not only the application but also the hotel,” Peter said.
“These types of awards are a great way of looking at your business and seeing how it stacks up against others in the area.”
For Linda and Travis Nadge, their business Outback Astronomy was nominated for the second year in a row in the Specialised Tourism Services category, and comes after being awarded the bronze prize at last year’s awards.
Linda told the BDT that she was thrilled the business had once again been recognised.
“I am over the moon. It is an amazing feeling to be recognised for all the work we have been doing.
“I think these awards really underscore the importance of maintaining a high level of standard within the business.”
Even though the business came third at the awards held in Broken Hill last year, Linda doesn’t hold high hopes of taking out the top prize this year.
“I don’t have high expectations of winning, as our category is one of the most competitive out of all the awards.”
Linda and Travis will not be attending the awards due to the travel distance and a large workload, but plan to keep up to date with the result.
For the other two nominees Eldee Station and Tri State Safaris this process is a very familiar one, as they have both had success not only at the regional and state awards but also the national tourism awards.
Tri State Safari have won six Australian Tourism Awards and been runner up a further five times.
While at last year’s national awards Eldee station was awarded the bronze prize for hosted accommodation.
Eldee Station manager Naomi Schmidt said the process is a good one to go through to keep the business fresh.
“I think it’s great for the business because the 30 page application process acts as sort of a health check.
“It means so much to be recognised and judged by our peers because a lot of people think there is not a lot out here, so obviously there is.”
The awards will be held in Echuca in Victoria on July 23, with the winners moving on to the NSW tourism awards in November.