Sea Acres and Hello Koalas awarded at 2017 NSW Tourism Awards

Published on : Friday, November 17, 2017

Sea Acres and Hello Koalas awardedSea Acres Rainforest Centre and the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail were awarded with top honours at the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards in Sydney.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre was the gold winner in the Visitor Information Services category and Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail took received the honours in the Cultural Tourism category.

There were 100 finalists across 27 categories. Both winners are now eligible for the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards which will be announced in Perth on 23 February 2018.

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said that getting such honour at the state’s Tourism Awards was a well-deserved recognition of the Port Macquarie region’s outstanding tourism offerings.

“Tourism is an important industry for the Port Macquarie region and these accolades recognise the incredible work and expertise of those in our community and also raises the profile of the region as a whole,” Mrs. Williams said.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall highlighted the importance of tourism and events to the state’s economy and praised the industry for its role in maintaining NSW’s position as the number-one state.

Marshall said, “The tourism industry contributes a phenomenal $33.2 billion per year in international and domestic overnight visitor expenditure to the NSW economy and directly employs 164,000 people. At the heart of this success are the many hard-working individuals and business across NSW who work tirelessly to deliver world-class tourism experiences and I thank them for their commitment to excellence.”

The 2017 NSW Tourism Awards feature 27 categories, including major tourist attractions, festivals and events, cultural tourism, destination marketing and accommodation.


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