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Blue Mountains, Lithgow & Oberon Tourism achieves record 8 gold at NSW Tourism Awards
Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon tourism businesses took home a record eight gold awards at the NSW Tourism Awards on Thursday, November 28.
Held at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the glittering annual awards celebrate the diverse and significant achievements of tourism operators, who collectively contribute billions of dollars to the state economy.
Spanning 32 categories, the awards are a major program of the Tourism Industry Council NSW and are supported by Destination NSW.
After scoring three silver awards last year, outdoor experiences business Life's An Adventure galloped home with a golden trifecta, winning the Ecotourism, Tour and/or Transport Operators and Adventure Tourism categories.
Jenolan Caves, which received triple gold last year, received a gold gong for its Written in Stone program in the Heritage and Cultural Tourism category. As a third-time winner of that category, the treasured natural attraction was also inducted into the awards Hall of Fame.
Continuing to win industry respect, Fairmont Resort MGallery took out the Business Tourism and Deluxe Accommodation categories.
After being a finalist for seven years in a row, Spa Sublime owner Lynda Davis was "excited and thrilled" at finally winning gold in the Specialised Tourism Services category.
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School was the other major regional winner, picking up the Tourism Education and Training award.
Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Randall Walker congratulated all the winners and finalists.
"To have had a record number of finalists is a major achievement.
"To take home eight gold awards is an extraordinary independent validation of the quality of tourism businesses and experiences across the region and a reward of the passion of business owners and their dedicated staff.
"And what a fantastic irony for Life's An Adventure to win a trifecta at Royal Randwick Racecourse."
State Tourism and Major Events Minister George Souris also congratulated the winners and spoke of the key role the tourism industry played in the NSW economy.
"Tourism currently contributes more than $50,000 every minute to the NSW economy, reflecting an increase of over 6 per cent since 2011.
"Tourism is the lifeblood of many of our State's regional towns, and we are committed to promoting tourism in the regions, as well as supporting events that create local jobs, providing a boost to regional economies even further."
NSW Tourism Award winners automatically become finalists in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Sydney in February 2014.
All winners were selected by a judging panel of experienced tourism professionals and checked and verified by specialised auditors Bell Partners.
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