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NPWS lands seven finalists in NSW Tourism Awards

October 12, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is a valuable contributor to the NSW nature-based visitor economy with seven exceptional NPWS visitor experiences announced as finalists for the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards.

Managed by the Tourism Industry division of the NSW Business Chamber and supported by Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism products that demonstrate outstanding achievement throughout the year.

NPWS’ Byron Cottages, Royal National Park Tourist Cottages, Blue Mountains National Park, Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Sydney Harbour Culture, History and Heritage tours, Wild About Whales campaign and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre have all been recognised for their excellence.

NPWS Director Visitor Experience Julie Bishop said the NSW Tourism Awards are a valuable platform for recognising the success and achievements of staff and their delivery of visitor experiences for local, , interstate and international visitors.

“Each year NPWS submits several entries that provide a benchmark for best practice, encourage professionalism and innovation in business planning and service delivery, and highlight the value of nature-based, Aboriginal culture and heritage visitation to NSW,” Ms Bishop said.

“It is a remarkable achievement that every submission this year has reached finalist status,” Ms Bishop said.

The Wild About Whales campaign is a finalist in the Destination Marketing category and Campaign Manager, Matt Mannall said it was developed in 2010 to increase visitation to coastal national parks during cooler months by allowing visitors to experience the annual whale migration.

“Many sites along our coastline are ideal places to spot these magnificent creatures as well as seals, small penguins, dolphins and sea birds,” Mr Mannall said.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is a finalist in Visitor Information Services and Ms Bishop said it is one of the highest performing NPWS visitor centres and one of Port Macquarie’s top attractions.

“A nature-based visitor attraction has operated on the site since 1954 and when NPWS took over the rainforest education centre in 2004, it was revitalised to include a modern café, improved facilities, eco-displays and exhibitions from local artists,” Ms Bishop said.

The newest entry to the awards, the Sydney Harbour Culture, History and Heritage tours, is a finalist in the Cultural Tourism category for its wide range of visitor experiences that showcase ideas, customs, history and heritage.

“Visitors of all ages make their way to the heart of the Sydney CBD to explore the historic sites and cultural heritage of Sydney Harbour National Park,” Ms Bishop said.

“On one of our various cultural tours, visitors can truly engage and connect with Sydney’s rich heritage, history and culture,” Ms Bishop said.

An awards presentation will be held on November 16 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, where the announcement of the winners will be made.

For more information about the NPWS tourism award finalist products and other experiences on offer in over 870 national parks and reserves across NSW, head to

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