The Nundle Woollen Mill, Tamworth's Country Music Festival, Armidale's City Centre Motor Inn and Faraway Domes at Warialda will fight it out for the top gong as part of the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards.
The full list of finalists has been released ahead of the November 14 gala dinner, acknowledging the exceptional quality of tourism operators across NSW.
More than 145 nominations were received across 26 categories, including Tourist Attractions, Festivals and Events, Ecotourism, New Tourism Business, Destination Marketing, Accommodation and Excellence in Accessible Tourism.
"The NSW Tourism Awards are the most prestigious awards in the tourism industry, with a long history of celebrating and recognising business excellence, innovation and outstanding customer service by tourism operators," said NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Joe Townsend.
"We're thrilled to see so many businesses entering the Awards this year, many for the first time, to benchmark their business against their peers and gain recognition for their accomplishments and innovation.
Last year, Nundle Woollen Mill won the gold in the Cultural Tourism and the Tamworth Country Music Festival won bronze in Major Festival and Events.
"These wins have really motivated other tourism operators to enter this year," Mr Townsend said.
"New entrants include Gawura Gallery in Glen Innes, Armidale City Centre Motor Inn and Faraway Domes at Warialda who have created a unique accommodation offering as a means to diversify during the drought."
Managed by the Tourism Industry Division of the NSW Business Chamber and supported by Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement throughout the year.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, congratulated the finalists.
"NSW continues to break records for visitation and visitor related expenditure, and this is largely thanks to the innovation, professionalism and determination our local industry operators bring to the table," Minister Ayres said.
"The NSW Government has set an ambitious target of delivering $55 billion in overnight visitor expenditure for the State's economy by 2030, and the calibre of industry leaders recognised by these awards give me great confidence that we will surpass that target."
The winners of the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Sydney on November 14.
Medal winners in 25 categories will then go on to represent NSW at the national awards, to be held in Canberra in March next year.
- A complete list of the award finalists can be found at nswtourismawards.com.au