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17 Nov 2017

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney named best Major Tourist Attraction in NSW

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney was named the Major Tourist Attraction of the Year at last night’s NSW Tourism Awards in Sydney.

Awarded by the NSW Business Chamber, the win celebrates the Garden’s exceptional growth and outstanding achievement over the past 12 months.

Director of Visitor Experience Anthony Dunsford said the organisation was humbled and honoured to receive the award.

“Our team’s significant achievements over the past year was the culmination of three years’ work focussed upon improving our visitor experience” Mr Dunsford said.

“The Garden marked its 200th birthday last year with a packed program of celebrations, introducing Vivid Sydney to the Garden, which drew a record-breaking 5.2 million visitors over the year.

“We have supported our growth with new major events, community programs, digital engagement and more.

“The legacy of the Garden’s bicentenary The Calyx – a new living art gallery and bespoke piece of architecture that has put our attraction, horticulture and science on the world stage.

“We would like to thank the NSW Business Chamber and the tourism industry – it’s an honour to be included amongst all the other finalists.”

To win this prestigious award the Garden was assessed against criteria including safety, customer service, quality, business planning, marketing, sustainability, and our commitment to tourism excellence and involvement in the tourism industry.

The Gardens will now progress to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Founded by Governor Macquarie in 1816, the Garden has endured to become the oldest botanic garden and oldest living scientific institution in the country.

Today the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is an oasis of lush lawns, specialty gardens, heritage buildings and natural beauty in the heart of the city, along with the picture-perfect harbour, Opera House and Harbour Bridge – is part of a family of must-see attractions for visitors to Sydney.

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