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Local tour operators Michael and Joanne McCulkin of Tri State Safaris have just returned to Broken Hill with another tourism award, which not only recognises their contribution to the tourism industry in NSW, but also puts Broken Hill on the map yet again as a significant tourist destination.
The tourism industry celebrated at the 25th Annual NSW Tourism Awards at a gala event which was held at the Dockside Pavilion in Darling Harbour on the 27th November.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant and Minister for Regional Tourism John Barilaro have congratulated the winners of this year’s NSW Tourism Awards.
Mr Grant said the winners represented the very best tourism events, experiences and accommodation offerings in regional and metropolitan NSW.
“Congratulations to all winners as we celebrate 25 years of the NSW Tourism Awards,” Mr Grant said. “They have helped us grow the value of NSW tourism, which reached $28 billion last year – an increase of 5.4 per cent”.
Tri State Safaris & Mutawintji Eco Tours are thrilled to have been inducted into the NSW Tourism Awards 'Hall of Fame' in the Indigenous Tourism category. To achieve ‘Hall of Fame’ status Tri State Safaris & Mutawintji Eco Tours first had to win the Gold award for Indigenous Tourism on the night - which made a win in Indigenous Tourism for three years in a row!
Tri State Safaris also have ‘Hall of Fame’ status in both Adventure Tourism and Tour and Transport Operator categories, from previous years. Mrs McCulkin said “Three ‘Hall of Fames’ is an accomplishment we are very proud of, and believe that these sort of achievements really put regional tourism in the spotlight”.
To add to the excitement, Tri State Safaris also came home with a Silver Award in the Adventure Tourism category, and would also like to congratulate Eldee Station on their Silver Award for Hosted Accommodation, and The Lodge Outback Motel for their Silver Award in Standard Accommodation. Broken Hill businesses definitely shone on the night!
Tri State Safaris & Mutawintji Eco Tours will now go on to represent NSW in the Indigenous Tourism category at the 2014 Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Adelaide next April. Mr McCulkin said “We are very proud of the fact that we have previously won this award at National level in both 2010 & 2013, as well as four other Australian Tourism Awards over the years. We will be doing our best to bring another National Award home to the outback!
To top off what was already a great week, Tri State Safaris were also honoured to receive the Excellence in Tourism award at the inaugural Consolidated Mining and Civil Far West Excellence in Business Awards on the 29th November.
Unfortunately Michael and Joanne were still in Sydney on the night, but believe the event was a huge success and would like to congratulate all concerned in bringing this event to fruition.
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