Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour, Fern Street Gallery, Gerringong, Cupitt's Winery and South Coast Nannies are among the winners of 2019 Regional Tourism Awards.
Cupitt's Winery hosted the Destination Sydney Surrounds South and Destination Southern NSW regional awards and Libby Cupitt said it was a great honour to stage the event on the South Coast.
Mrs Cupitt said it gave everyone opportunity to recognise the good work happening in the region and to network with peers.
She said winning the Food Tourism Award was wonderful for the team at Cupitt's who have been focusing on delivering an excellent food, wine, beer and cheese experience.
"We would also like to acknowledge Shoalhaven Tourism and Destination NSW for their role in improving the tourism industry on the South Coast," she said.
"We have seen visitation continue to increase in both peak and off-peak times and it can be attributed to the work these organisations are putting in".
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour's Bec Dunning said it was the first time they had entered the three year old business following some prompting by Tourism Shellharbour who "have definitely been a huge influence on everything we have done".
"And the Unspoilt South Coast campaign has been instrumental in attracting a lot of Sydneysiders who are coming down for the weekend".
The business operates near Reddall Reserve and Mrs Dunning said to now be a finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards was a great opportunity to attract more attention for the business and Shellharbour.
Gerringong's Fern Street Gallery won the Best New Tourism Business category. It was founded by Kerry Bruce and Gitte Backhausen to create a platform for artists to self-represent and help put a focus on Gerringong as a destination.
They thanked Destination Kiama, businesses, artists, the community and visitors for supporting the new gallery. "The success is also a great testament to the artists. We are proud to attract such great talent," Ms Bruce said.
2019 Sydney Surrounds South and Southern NSW Regional Tourism Award winners
- Gold: Eucumbene Trout Farm
Festivals and Events
- Gold: Giiyong Festival
- Gold: Southbound Escapes
- Silver: Kiah Wilderness Tours
- Bronze: Eucumbene Trout Farm
Specialised Tourism Services
- Gold: South Coast Nannies
- Gold: Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour
- Gold: Morvern Valley Guesthouse Pty Ltd
- Gold: Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
- Gold: Mt Hay Retreat
New Tourism Business
- Gold: Fern Street Gallery
- Silver: Bangalay Luxury Villas
Excellence in Food Tourism
- Gold: Cupitt's Winery, Brewery and Kitchen