Dubbo trio of nominees for big awards

Taronga Western Plains Zoo's Zoofari Lodge has been nominated as a contender for the NSW Tourism Awards' Unique Accommodation category. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
Taronga Western Plains Zoo's Zoofari Lodge has been nominated as a contender for the NSW Tourism Awards' Unique Accommodation category. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Old Dubbo Gaol and Manera Heights Apartments have been announced as finalists in the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards.

Taronga has been nominated for the Unique Accomodation category, while Old Dubbo Gaol is one of five nominees in the Cultural Tourism division.

Manera Heights, owned by Trevor and Joanne Kratzman, is a contender in the Self Contained Accommodation category.

All three were nominated in 2016 as well, with Taronga winning the Tourist Attraction award and Old Dubbo Gaol finishing third in Cultural Tourism.

Managed by the Tourism Industry division of the NSW Business Chamber and supported by the NSW Government via Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement.

“Success in the Tourism Awards doesn’t depend on whether an operator is big or small. It depends on their vision, achieving their business goals and, as a result, the excellent way their tourism product or service is finally delivered,” NSW Business Chamber Tourism Industry Division executive manager Dean Gorddard said.

“Congratulations to all the finalists for articulating their business and story so well.”

In 2017, there are 100 finalists across 26 categories recognising excellence from a range of tourism areas such as Tourist Attractions, Festival and Events, Ecotourism, Destination Marketing, Accommodation, Tourism Education and Training.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the NSW government was proud to support the awards.

“The NSW Tourism Awards present a fantastic opportunity to recognise the high-quality products and world-class experiences consistently delivered by our industry,” Mr Marshall said.

Winners will be announced at the NSW Tourism Awards Presentation Night on Thursday, November 16 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Winners from 25 aligned national categories will then represent NSW at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards on Friday, February 23, 2018 in Perth.