Minister declares the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards Open

first_imgThe Hon. George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, officially launched the 24th NSW Tourism Awards program, by recognising the role the awards play in acknowledging excellence in tourism businesses, in front of 2012 award winners, sponsors and various State MPs at Parliament House last night.The 2013 NSW Tourism Awards are managed by the Tourism Industry Council NSW and proudly supported by Destination NSW. The awards celebrate best practice in tourism businesses across 31 categories, and are judged by an expert panel of tourism professionals. “The NSW Tourism Awards fosters healthy competition and supports our industry to strive for excellence. The process helps businesses to grow and challenge themselves. “These high standards delivered NSW a staggering 16 wins (seven gold awards and nine silver awards) at the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart earlier this year. The depth and breadth of product was certainly on show, with unique tourism experiences like the Tamworth Music Festival and Deni Ute Muster gaining recognition at the national level,” said Minister Souris.Tony Clarke, from Travel 21fiftythree, a division of TAFE Western Sydney Institute at Baulkham Hills won the national title for the Tourism Education and Training category for the second year in a row. “We entered the awards to lift the profile of TAFE but also to acknowledge and reward the staff. Being involved in the awards also gave us a really strong business focus, because you have to talk about your marketing and business strategy.”As a result of undergoing the process to complete the submissions over a few years, we have become not only the training arm of TAFE but a business arm. The awards have shown us that you can’t just do the same thing day in and day out; you need to improve what you do year on year,” said Mr Clarke.Ken Corbett, the Chair of Tourism Industry Council NSW, unveiled the new look logo of the 2013 award program and announced a reduction in the entry fee for Tourism Industry Council NSW members, a fee waiver on the entry for new members and a special ticket offer for the Dinner and Ceremony for members choosing to enter the Awards program.He encouraged all tourism operators across the state’s tourism industry to enter into the prestigious awards program this year, to build upon the success of 2012.The NSW Tourism Awards Gala Dinner 2013 will be on Thursday 28th November at the newly developed Royal Randwick Racecourse Ballroom.Mr Ken Corbett also shared the recent news that the Board of the Tourism Industry Council has voted to put a proposal to an Extraordinary General Meeting of its members to proceed with a new strategic partnership with the NSW Business Chamber, drawing together the extensive policy, research, training, business development and advocacy expertise of the Chamber with the Council’s tourism industry capability and knowledge. The Hon. George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, launching the 2013 Awards program. ……. New look logo for the 2013 Award Programcenter_img Attendees at the Launch Source = Tourism Industry Council of NSWlast_img

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