Echuca Holiday Park, Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre and Moama on Murray have been named finalists in the Inland Tourism Awards.JESS CRAIG July 4, 2014 3:55am
Inland Tourism Awards finalists Lawree and Dean Scott from Echuca Holiday Park, Karen Colvin from Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre and Fiona Raverty and Jenny Green from Moama on Murray Resort.
Echuca-Moama has long been regarded as a premier tourism destination and that renown has extended with the announcement of three finalists in the 2014 Inland Tourism Awards.
Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre, Echuca Holiday Park and Moama on Murray Resort are finalists in the awards, held annually to acknowledge excellence in tourism in the four regional tourism areas of Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina.
It’s the first time any of the businesses have nominated for the INTA.
For Echuca Holiday Park owners Dean and Lawree Scott, the awards provide a chance to rate their park against others in the area.
‘‘People have a different view of caravans parks now,’’ Mrs Scott said
‘‘They’ve changed from being just a place with caravans and a few camping sites.’’
Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre manager Karen Colvin said INTAs would give the centre a chance to fine tune their entry to the Victorian Tourism Awards.
‘‘The INTAs are a great way to get a benchmark of other visitor information centres in the area,’’ she said.
Moama on Murray’s Fiona Raverty and Jenny Green agreed, saying awards were a great way of judging your place in the industry.
‘‘The first time you make a submission can be hard, but if you continue to do it, you get better at it,’’ Ms Raverty said.
‘‘It’s a good way to get feedback about the things you’re doing right and the things you could be doing better, though the judges do change annually.’’
There are 17 categories in the awards and three previous INTA winners will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The winners will be announced at a gala presentation dinner in Griffith on Saturday, July 26.
Tickets are $95 each which includes a dinner, beverages and entertainment.
Tickets can be bought at www.inlandtourismawards.com.au
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