The 2012 NSW Tourism Awards celebrated the achievements of the state’s tourism industry and the people behind the scenes who made it all possible. George Souris, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, congratulated the winners present at the event and while hailing the dedication of the industry also praised the technological advancements achieved by them during the year.
While mentioning that he was honoured to be present at the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards he also mentioned that the people who are a part of the industry, and the industry as a whole deserve every bit of credit for what they have achieved through sheer hard work and dedication. The tourism industry is a major contributor to the economy of the state, a fact that is accentuated by the following figures. The tourism industry contributes $20.2 Billion a year to the state’s economy by virtue of international and domestic tourist spending. In terms of job creation, one in every 22 jobs created is as a direct result of the tourism industry.
The NSW Tourism Awards is a moment when everyone stops to look at and appreciate the achievements of the industry and the people who worked tirelessly towards the unified common goal of transforming NSW as the top tourism destination in the country.
Mr. Ken Corbett, Chairman of the Tourism Industry Council NSW, took this opportunity to congratulate the winners of the 2012 event and appreciated their commitment towards setting a high standard while also ensuring that NSW Tourism continues its unabated march towards the ultimate goal. He mentioned that these awards and the achievements of the participants are a strong reminder of the depth of tourism product quality that exists within the state. He hoped that the winners of the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards continues their success at the upcoming Australian Tourism Awards to be held at Hobart in February 2013.
Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, seemed to echo the sentiments of Mr.Corbett when she said that these awards simply re-impose the faith that everyone has in the diversity and quality of products in the state’s tourism industry. These awards are also about those nominations from across the state which did not win but left their mark nevertheless. It is a special moment for those as well as getting nominated and being a part of the event is a big achievement in itself.
The NSW Tourism Awards recognises and celebrates outstanding achievements across 31 categories including accommodation, heritage & cultural tourism, restaurant & catering services, tourism education & training and festivals & events. This year’s awards were announced at La Montage, Lilyfield, in front of a 650 strong audience. The winners of the NSW Tourism Awards will automatically qualify as finalists for the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held at Hobart in February 2013.