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Tourism awards now open

THE 2012 NSW Tourism Awards is nearing its submission cut off date – September 7 and organisers say it isn’t too late for northern Illawarra businesses to enter.

Andrew Jefferies, General Manager of the Tourism Industry Council of NSW, has been happy with the level of submissions received so far, but knows that many leave it until the eleventh hour to complete their submission.

“Our main focus for 2012 has been to promote the benefits and value of participating in the Awards program. We’ve worked extremely hard to recognise and celebrate the efforts of our state’s tourism operators – who continually boost our reputation across the country and the world.

“I strongly encourage all tourism businesses across the state’s wider tourism industry, who haven’t already done so, to enter the highly valuable Awards program and build upon the success of 2011,” Mr Jefferies said.

The process of entering involves operators answering questions about their businesses and feedback received about the process have been very positive; with many entrants expressing how critical it is for the growth and success of their business.

The NSW Tourism Award finalists and winners will gain even more from their participation this year as their successes will become part of the 2013 Tourism in Focus campaign, where exceptional tourism products will be featured extensively in promotions and media.

Tourism businesses based in the Illawarra are eligible to enter. For more information, visit NSW Toursim awards site

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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