A North Coast Tourism Industry Weekend Of Learning, Networking And Celebration In The Byron Shire For The 2015 North Coast Tourism Awards
The North Coast Tourism industry is set to converge on Byron Bay for the 2015 North Coast Tourism Awards and a “Byron and Beyond Tourism Symposium” to be held on Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15.
The 2015 North Coast Tourism Awards Gala Presentation Dinner will be held at the Byron at Byron luxury resort on the night of Saturday, August 15 when more than 200 key tourism industry operators gather to celebrate this year’s winners.
Television personality Shelley Craft, who grew up in the Byron hinterland and is now best known for her roles with top rating television series such as “The Block” and “Domestic Blitz” will be MC for this tourism night of nights kicking off at 6.00pm.
Tickets for this gala event are $110 per person for a memorable three course dinner prepared by Byron at Byron’s Head Chef Gavin Hughes, a true advocate of all things local, ensuring this award winning resort adopts a paddock-to-plate philosophy and uses regional producers wherever possible. So much so that last month he was made honorary member of the Byron Bay Farmers Market that he visits every Thursday sharing the experience with resort guests while sourcing ingredients.
There are 33 North Coast Tourism Award Finalists across 20 specialist categories with Byron Shire and Coffs Coast neck and neck with the most finalists. Other destinations represented on the night are The Manning Valley, Great Lakes, Macleay Valley Coast, Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley and Destination Tweed. A full list of Finalists is attached.
“This year we had so many new products entering the awards.” said North Coast Destination Network Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky.
“The variety of the new product is testimony to the selection of fabulous new product evolving across our region to meet the needs of our growing number of domestic and international visitors,” she said.
“The Byron and Beyond Tourism Symposium is open to all North Coast tourism industry,” said Ms Novicky.
“It aims is to assist industry to focus on growing visitor numbers across specialist markets as we work toward achieving our key goals toward 2020.”
The symposium’s key note speakers and discussion panels will address four key markets:
- Food Tourism
- Sports Tourism
- Business, Conventions and Events and,
- Being International Ready
The Symposium begins at 1.00pm on Friday August 14 and will run until 5.00pm.
The cost to attend the symposium is $75 per person.
It will be followed with a Networking Cocktail Party at the award winning Byron Beach Café. The cost for it is $110 per person.
A selection of tours to key Byron Shire attractions will operate on the Saturday.
To books tickets for the 2015 North Coast Tourism Awards and the “Byron and Beyond Tourism Symposium visit:to www.ncdn.com.au/tourism-awards