A RIVERINA restaurant, winery and cultural tours operator are among finalists in statewide awards.
The state's peak tourism organisation, NSW Tourism Industry Council, announced the finalists for the NSW Tourism Awards for 2021 this week.
They included Albury restaurant The River Deck, Courabyra Wines (Tumbarumba), Bundyi Cultural Tours (Wagga) and The Depot Historic Vehicle and Memorabilia Collection (Deniliquin).
The River Deck operator Alex Smit said the awards were timely recognition for Riverina businesses.
"It's positive news after a challenging couple of years," he said.
NSW Tourism Industry Council executive manager Greg Binskin said the NSW Tourism Awards were a celebration of the outstanding innovation and resilience shown in the past two years.
"It's been an extremely challenging period for the NSW visitor economy and after a break in 2020, the return of the NSW Tourism Awards demonstrates the renewed energy of the visitor economy and celebrates the people, places and vibrant culture of our feel-good state, NSW," he said.
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"It is impressive to see the number of operators and regions who made the most of lockdowns and restricted travel to build new visitor experiences and worked together to attract domestic visitors to their regions."
These awards are run by the NSW Tourism Industry Council with the NSW government and Destination NSW.
The NSW Tourism Award winners will be announced in Sydney on February 3.
Winners in national award categories will represent NSW at the Australian Tourism Awards in Queensland on March 18.
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