Destination NSW announced in July 2016 that Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) would be replaced with Destination Networks in 2017. During the consultation process, the Regional Tourism Awards were not taken into consideration and as a result, there is no funding for the 2017 Awards. Combined with the delays in establishing the new Destination Networks, potential funding from these sources will also not be available for 2017.

At the 2016 Regional Tourism Awards AGM, it was decided to postpone the Awards for 2017 and instead, have a bigger and better awards program in 2018. The awards night date is Saturday, 28th July 2018. The Host Destination will be Orange.

The Board of the Regional Tourism Awards will continue to support industry development and growth and will work with potential entrants for the NSW and VIC Tourism Awards in 2017 to assist them with their submissions.

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