Winners announced at the 2018 Riverina Murray Regional Tourism Awards

 Image credit: Jayde Creative Co

Image credit: Jayde Creative Co

Leading regional tourism businesses, events, and visitor experiences from both New South Wales and Victoria were recognised at the 2018 Riverina Murray Regional Tourism Awards in Deniliquin last night.

Winners in 14 categories were announced at the gala awards ceremony from finalists including tourism businesses, events, restaurants, wineries and accommodation providers. More than 130 industry representatives were in attendance to see who would take home the coveted awards.

In association with the gala, Destination Riverina Murray partnered with Murray Regional Tourism to host the inaugural Riverina Murray Tourism Muster on Friday. A networking and business development day, it saw over 40 of the region’s tourism operators and event organisers engage in sessions with experts on topics including destination marketing, event risk management, and social media marketing.

 

2018 Riverina Murray Regional Tourism Awards category winners

 

Tourist Attractions

Gold: Rich River Golf Club Ltd, Moama

Finalist: Lockhart Sculpture and Heritage Trail, Lockhart 

 

Festivals and Events

Gold: Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Gold: Bundyi Cultural Tours

 

Visitor Information Services

Gold: Albury Visitor Information Centre, Albury

Silver: Greater Hume Visitor Information Centre, Holbrook 

 

Tour and/or Transport Operators

Gold: Murray Offroad Adventures, Mildura 

                             

Adventure Tourism

Gold: Aquazone @ Lake Mulwala, Yarrawonga   

 

Destination Marketing

Gold: Edward River Council, Deniliquin 

 

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Gold: The River Deck, Albury

Silver: Limone Dining, Griffith

Finalist: Long Table Café, Warragoon

 

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Gold: Shiraz Republic, Cornella

Silver: Trentham Estate, Trentham Cliffs

Bronze: Tumut River Brewing Co, Tumut

Finalist: Fossey’s Gin, Mildura

 

Caravan and Holiday Parks

Gold: DC on the Lake Pty Ltd, Mulwala 

Silver: Great Aussie Holiday Park, Bowna

 

Unique Accommodation

Gold: All Seasons Houseboats, Mildura

Silver: Mildura Houseboats, Mildura

 

Deluxe Accommodation

Gold: Quest Griffith, Griffith

 

Luxury Accommodation

Gold: CIRCA 1936

 

Excellence in Food Tourism

Gold: Food I Am, Wagga Wagga

Silver: Rich Glen Olive Estate, Yarrawonga

 

Category winners from the Regional Tourism Awards will now gain finalist status upon entering the NSW Tourism Awards to be held in Sydney later this year.

Gala events for two additional destination networks across the state will be held next week. Coffs Harbour will host the North Coast Regional Tourism Awards on Wednesday 25 July, followed by the Country & Outback region’s gala in Orange on Saturday, 28 July.

Belinda King