Finalists of the 2012 Tourism Awards

Congratulations to all of the winners in this year's Tourism Awards!

Adventure Tourism
Gold Winner: State Forests of the Watagan Mountains
Silver Winner: Tree Top Adventure Park

Tour and/or Transport Operators
Gold Winner: Boutique Tours Australia - Boutique Wine Tours
Silver Winner: Kangarrific Tours

Heritage and Cultural Tourism 
Gold Winner: Newcastle Ghost Tours

Gold Winner: Strickland State Forest

Tourist Attractions
Gold Winner: Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures    
Silver Winner: Blackbutt Reserve

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries
Gold Winner: Wyndham Estate Winery 
Silver Winner: Bimbadgen

Tourist Pubs
Gold Winner: Shoal Bay Country Club Hotel        
Silver Winner: Kincumber Hotel

Tourist and Caravan Parks
Gold Winner: Stockton Beach Holiday Park

Hosted Accommodation
Gold Winner: Segenhoe Inn Luxury Boutique Hotel and B&B      
Silver Winner: Sunrise Bed and Breakfast


Festivals and Events
Gold Winner: Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo     
Silver Winner: Wyndham Estate Winery, Opera in the Vineyards              
Bronze Winner: 5 Lands Walk

Meetings and Business Tourism
Gold Winner: Mercure Kooindah Waters             
Silver Winner: Scone Motor Inn and Conference Centre               
Bronze Winner: Shoal Bay Resort and Spa

Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
Gold Winner: Moonshadow Cruises
Bronze Winner: Northern Highland Travel

Major Festivals and Events
Gold Winner: Surfest 2012          
Silver Winner: CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012

Visitor Information and Services
Gold Winner: Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Gold Winner: Margan Restaurant            
Silver Winner: Restaurant Botanica         
Bronze Winner: Esca Bimbadgen

New Tourism Development
Gold Winner: Newcastle Museum

Tourism Marketing
Gold Winner: Stays in the Vines
Silver Winner: Brand Hunter Valley

Unique Accommodation
Gold Winner: Somewhere Unique

Deluxe Accommodation
Gold Winner: Shoal Bay Resort and Spa
Silver Winner: The Vintry

Luxury Accommodation
Gold Winner: Bells at Killcare

Rising Star
Gold Winner: Cassie Mackay, Event Promotion and Distribution, City of Newcastle

Excellence in Customer Service
Gold Winner: Sharon Paterson, Front Office Supervisor, Spicers Vineyard Estate

Outstanding Ambassador in Tourism
Gold Winner: Newcastle Airport Ambassadors

Tourism and Hospitality Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
Gold Winner: Sophie Hedges, Tourism Trainee, Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

Young Achiever in Tourism
Gold Winner: Belinda Stapleton, Managing Director, Spicers Vineyard Estate

Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism by an Individual
Gold Winner: Mark Stratford, Major Tourism and Event Developer, City of Newcastle

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by an Individual  
Gold Winner: Philip Hele, General Manager, Hunter Resort