Published on Jun 17, 2021

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The Hunter Valley region was well represented at the NSW Top Tourism Town Awards with Wollombi, Pokolbin and Broke Fordwich all named as finalist of the NSW Top Tourism Town Awards for 2021.

It comes as no surprise, as the Hunter Valley is home to so many amazing tourism operators who provide first class experiences, surrounded by natural beauty.

Winners, Mudgee and Berrima were recently unveiled at the annual Local Government 2021 Destination and Visitor Economy Conference in Port Macquarie, both taking out the title of NSW’s Top Tourism Towns for 2021.

The NSW Top Tourism Town Awards showcases vibrant communities with unique visitor experiences, authentic hospitality and world-class tourism operators.

The awards are managed by the NSW Tourism Industry Council and celebrate towns with a population of less than 5000, and a population of more than 5000.

An astounding 52 tourism towns entered the program demonstrating why NSW is a top tourist destination and the place to be when it comes to regional Australia.

Entrants had to submit a short video, itinerary and editorial article which was reviewed by a judging committee of 14 industry experts.

The public then had their say, with more than 15,000 people casting a vote for their Top Tourism Town.

Regional visitor economies are on the road to recovery with reports indicating the total number of visitors across regional NSW is approximately 20 per cent above the where we were at mid-October last year.

Data also shows that in the last six weeks alone, interstate travel has risen and 36 per cent of visitors to regional NSW are interstate visitors, up from 23 per cent in mid-February.

After a challenging 2020, it is great to see that our region has been recognized by the awards and recognized by the positive reviews of the travellers.