Deniliquin has been announced as the host destination for the 2018 Riverina Murray Regional Tourism Awards.
The tender to host the event — which usually attracts more than 150 people — was submitted by Edward River Council and Deniliquin Ute Muster, and the event will be staged at the muster site on the Conargo Rd.
Mayor Norm Brennan said it was great news for Deniliquin.
‘‘It shows how excellent results can be achieved when businesses take a collaborative approach to events,’’ he said.
‘‘The Regional Tourism Awards is a prestigious event and it will provide an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our destination to luminaries from across the Riverina Murray.’’
The awards will be held on Saturday, July 21 and the organising committee will plan an exciting weekend of activities for visitors.
The annual awards ceremony is considered the ‘night of nights’ for the regional tourism industry.
Deniliquin Ute Muster general manager Vicky Lowry said hosting the awards creates a wonderful opportunity to ‘‘showcase Deniliquin to our partner regions’’.
‘‘The Regional Tourism Awards Launch and Gala Dinner is an opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate business excellence across our sector,’’ she said.
‘‘We look forward to hosting this year’s awards and celebrating the achievements of the many businesses, both large and small, as they take their first steps on the way to possible state and national recognition.’’
The 2018 awards open in early March and Edward River Council is encouraging all local and regional operators to consider entering.
Winners of the Regional Tourism Awards gain finalist status upon entering the NSW State Tourism Awards, and if successful, go on to the National Tourism Awards.
‘‘The awards are a key program on the regional tourism industry calendar and have been pivotal in supporting the development of businesses,’’ Regional Tourism Awards chair Jane Barnes said.