2017 NSW Tourism Awards: operators up for gongs

FINALISTS: Lisa and Andrew Margan of Margan Family Wines are among the local operators who have been nominated for the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards.

FINALISTS: Lisa and Andrew Margan of Margan Family Wines are among the local operators who have been nominated for the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards.

The exceptional quality of tourism operators across NSW was acknowledged with the announcement of this year’s NSW Tourism Awards finalists.

The NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge those tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement throughout the year. One hundred finalists have been named across 26 award categories including tourist attractions, festivals and events, destination marketing and accommodation.

Hunter Valley finalists include Margan Family Wine Growers, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Cypress Lakes Resort, Hungerford Hill, Colourful Trips and Beyond Ballooning. Winners will be announced  on November 16.

NEW MAGAZINE

The ever-popular Hunter Valley Magazine launched its ninth issue this week.

The HVWTA produce the magazine bi-annually and distribute a total of 130,000 copies across Sydney, local Hunter region businesses and more than 30 visitor information centres in NSW. The beautifully presented publication aims to promote Hunter Valley experiences, news events, wine and tourism businesses and drive visitation.

In issue nine, we’ve compiled a list of some top tours where visitors can find out what happens behind the scenes in our wineries and tasty food and wine experiences.

To view the magazine online, visit www.winecountry.com.au

Jo Thomas is general manager, Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism.