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North Coast Tourism Industry Celebrates At The 2014 North Coast Tourism Awards Held At Trial Bay Gaol In South West Rocks

August 19, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Wide cross section of the North Coast NSW Tourism industry gathered under an elegant marquee in historic Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks tonight to celebrate finalists and winners in the 2014 North Coast Tourism Awards celebrating tourism operators from the Great Lakes to the Tweed.

These celebrations come on the tail of a recent announcement that the North Coast of NSW is the third most popular destination in Australia behind Sydney @No 1 and Melbourne @ No 2 in attracting domestic overnight visitors.

Tonight the North Coast Tourism Awards Hall of Fame welcomed three new inductees, Moonshadow Cruises (Port Stephens), Clarence Valley Wilderness Lodge (Clarence Tourism) and The Glasshouse , Port Macquarie. They enter after having each won North Coast Tourism Gold Awards for three consecutive years.

“The competition for the top honours was fuelled with entries by a growing number of new and innovative businesses among this year’s 39 finalists,” according to North Coast Destination Network Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky.

The winners are:

Tourist Attractions:                                      Gold: Dorrigo National Park;

Silver: Cape Byron State Conservation;

Bronze: Billabong Zoo, Port Macquarie

Major Festival and Events:              Gold: Byron Bay Bluesfest

Tourism Visitor Information Centres:        Gold: Lismore Nimbin Visitor Information Centre

Major Tourist Attraction:                 Gold: The Big Banana, Coffs Coast

Festivals and Events:                                   Gold: Port Macquarie Beatles Festival

Ecotourism:                                       Gold:  Dorrigo National Park, Coffs Coast,

Silver: Byron Eco Cruises and Kayaks

Heritage and Cultural Tourism:                  Gold: Port Macquarie Historical Museum

Adventure Tourism:                         Gold: Gold: Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding,

Silver: South West Rocks Dive Centre

Specialised Tourism Services:                   Gold: State Forest of the Coffs Coast 

Tourism Restaurants

and Catering Services:                   Gold: Byron Beach Café,

 Silver: Bent on Food, Wingham Manning Valley and

 Bronze: The Corner Restaurant, Port Macquarie 

Indigenous Tourism:                                    Gold: Arakwai Dolphin Dreaming Cape Byron 

Tourist and Caravan Parks:            Gold: North Coat Holiday Park, Bonny Hills in Greater Port Macquarie

Backpacker Accommodation:         Gold: Nimbin Rox YHA

Destination Marketing:                    Gold: Visit NSW State Forests Experience at Forest Playground

                                                            Silver: Discover Something New Macleay Valley Coast

                                                            Bronze:          Destination Tweed

Standard Accommodation:             Gold: Vacation Village, Port Macquarie

                                                            Silver: Marcel Towers, Nambucca Heads

Unique Accommodation:                 Gold: Byron Bay Cottages, Cape Byron

                                                            Silver: Smoky Cape Lighthouse, South West Rocks

                                                            Encouragement Award:       FlashCamp, The Tweed

Excellence in Food Tourism:          Gold: Bent on Food Cafe, Restaurant, Regional Food Store and Cookery School 

Hosted Accommodation:                 Gold: Telegraph Retreat Luxury Cottages

                                                            Silver: Alstonville Country Cottages, Ballina

                                                            Bronze: Heritage Guest House, South West Rocks


New Tourism Development:           Gold: Old Bottlebutt, Burrawan State Forest, Port Macquarie

                                                            Silver: Tabatinga Fun Centre, The Tweed


Young Achiever:                               The Michael Crawley Memorial Award for Young Achiever in Tourism awarded to:  Kristy Forche, Macleay Valley Coast, Kempsey Shire Council

Individual Outstanding contribution  to Regional Tourism Award:   The Judith McGilvray Memorial Award – Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism awarded to: Jenny Massie

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