The Australian Reptile Park has been named Major Tourist Attraction in NSW at the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards, held at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, on November 14.
Managed by the Tourism Industry Division of the NSW Business Chamber, and supported by the State Government’s Destination NSW, the awards recognise those businesses which exemplify quality tourism.
NSW Business Chamber Central Coast Regional Director, Paula Martin, said businesses were recognised for advancing and promoting the tourism industry through consistent customer service and quality experiences.
“We are thrilled that the Australian Reptile Park took out the award for Major Tourist Attraction, ” Martin said. “The park works tirelessly to provide the Central Coast a regional anchor that attracts tourists from around Australia, and indeed the world.
“The Australian Reptile Park is a shining example of an innovative business with great leadership and an exceptional product. “Our region is lucky to benefit from this fantastic tourism asset. ” The award follows on the heels of the park receiving Excellence in Business and Young Employee of the Year awards at the Central Coast Business Awards in October.
Park Director, Tim Faulkner, said it was “truly amazing” to be recognised for the hard work put in by staff. “We love our animals and staff more than anything and awards like this are truly humbling, ” Faulkner said. “We provide excellence in wildlife tourism and conservation and we’ve done that for the past 60 years.
“Through our lifesaving snake and spider venom milking program, our conservation activities and of course, providing a fantastic family experience in nature, we’re proud to be such a well rounded organisation. ” In March the Australian Reptile Park will go up against other tourism operators from around the country at the Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra.
Source: Media release, Nov 15 Paula Martin, NSW Business Chamber Central Coast Media release, Nov 15 Australian Reptile Park