Taronga Western Plains Zoo has won the NSW Tourism Awards for Best Tourist Attraction and Unique Accommodation at the NSW Tourism Awards gala ceremony held in Sydney on Thursday 27 November 2014.
The Zoo won in a strong field of well-known attractions and accommodation including Cape Byron Conservation area, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Q Station and Flash Camp.
This is the fourth consecutive year the Zoo has been a finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards and the second consecutive year it has won the Best Tourist Attraction category.
“This is another exciting achievement for the Zoo, and to win both categories acknowledges the changes we have made over the past 12 months,” said Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s General Manager, Matthew Fuller. These awards have capped off another stellar year for the Zoo after winning the National Tourism Award for best tourist attraction in 2013. The Zoo has continued to excel in the industry, opening the all-new Zoofari Lodge in March and the new Savannah Cabins in September this year.
“There have been a number of changes over the past 12 months with two new accommodation options as well as the redevelopment of a number of exhibits,” said Matthew.
“2015 is set to be a big year for the Zoo also, with the completion of new elephant facility, the opening of a new Meerkat Exhibit and continued breeding success with the wildlife in our care.”
“We are constantly looking at ways to improve the Zoo and ensure it is recognised as the best regional tourism destination in Australia, we encourage everyone who hasn’t been out to the Zoo recently to come and see what’s new and how the Zoo is evolving.”
“The Zoo would also like to congratulate Dubbo City Council on their win in the Local Government Award for Tourism category – we have a strong partnership with Dubbo City Council and it was a very successful night at the NSW Tourism Awards for Dubbo Tourism,” said Matthew.