Three Wagga businesses have been recognised at the 2019 Destination Country and Outback and Destination Riverina Murray Regional Tourism Awards in Dubbo.
Bundyi Cultural Tours won gold in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism category for the second year, while Foodiam, a previous winner, took gold in the excellence in food tourism category.
Belisi Farmstay Cottage won silver in the new tourism business category.
Winners in 19 categories were announced at the awards presentation ceremony from finalists including tourism businesses, events, restaurants, wineries and accommodation providers.
More than 160 industry representatives were in attendance to see who would take home the awards.
Wiradjuri man Mark Saddler from Bundyi said while the award was welcome, he was conscious he was one of many Aboriginal people in NSW who were working hard in tourism and related industries.
Foodiam's Tania Sibrey was delighted to have taken top honours for the second year in a row and said the competition had been tough.
"It's very exciting to be part of something that is attracting people to the Riverina," Ms Sibrey said.
Belisi Farmstay Cottage's Jenni Riethmuller, the owner of Belisi, has slowly upgraded her equestrian centre to include wellness and therapy programs and most recently, a farm stay.
She described the award win as an honour.