HUNTER companies will be out in force at the NSW Business Chamber 2018 Tourism Awards and State Business Awards.
Winners will be announced at two gala presentation events at Luna Park, Sydney, on November 22 and 23.
The NSW Business Awards celebrate business excellence in various categories, while the Tourism Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement by businesses in the industry.
Six Hunter tourism operators and 11 businesses or business people are among state finalists in both award streams.
Hunter Business Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said the nominations demonstrated the excellence and entrepreneurial spirit of Hunter businesses.
“The Business Awards finalists illustrate the strength and diversity of our business sector, with nominees coming from a range of fields and industries including construction, sport, social housing, mining and manufacturing, workforce education, disability care, business solutions and property development,” he said.
“In the tourism sector, our leading operators have helped boost the number of visitor nights spent in the Hunter by nearly 14 per cent for the year to June 2018, bringing the region in at No 10 in the national rankings for overnight visitation – above Adelaide and Canberra.
Hunter region finalists in the NSW Tourism Awards are:
· Oakvale Wildlife Park, Tourist Attraction
· Moonshadow – TQC Cruises, Major Tour and/or Transport Operator
· Beyond Ballooning, Tour and/or Transport Operator; Adventure Tourism
· Port Stephens 4WD Tours, Tour and/or Transport Operator
· Sand Dune Adventures, Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism; Adventure Tourism
· Margan Wines & Restaurant, Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services; Excellence in Food Tourism
Local finalists in the 2018 State Business Awards are:
· Lisa Kernes, Ignite Alliance, Outstanding Young Entrepreneur
· Kyle Loades, NRMA, Credit Union Australia Hunter, Medical Research Institute Foundation, Outstanding Business Leader
· SEHEZ Group, Excellence in Small Business
· Ampcontrol, Excellence in Business
· Compass Housing Services, Excellence in Innovation
· Novaskill, Excellence in Export
· Port Waratah Coal Services, Excellence in Sustainability
· Allambi Care, Excellence in Social Enterprise
· Gymnastics 21, Startup Superstar
· Port Waratah Coal Services, Outstanding Employer of Choice
· Tomaree Business Chamber, Local Chambers of Commerce