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Winners Celebrate At the North Coast and Legendary Pacific Coast Tourism Awards in Port Macquarie Tonight

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Aerial Photo Nelson BayThe Winners of the North Coast Destination Network and The Legendary Pacific Coast Tourism Awards are announced and celebrating at a Gala Presentation Dinner at Cassegrain Winery in Port Macquarie tonight.

“More than 150 tourism industry leaders are celebrating at this tourism night of nights,” said North Coast Destination Network and The Legendary Pacific Coast Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky.

“We’ve been enjoying a great night of regional food, wine and entertainment by Seasons Café-Restaurant and a nostalgic journey through Port Macquarie’s tourism history, thanks to a great presentation prepared by Arts Mid North Coast and the Port Macquarie Museum,” she said.

“I’d particularly like to thank our industry judges who meticulously waded through all the entries and undertook on site visits to pick the best of our region,” she said.

“We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors (see the list of sponsors following the winners)”.

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The winners for 2016 are:

New Tourism Business Gold Award Winner: Rees International (Destination Tweed)

Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism,

Gold Award Winner: Sand Dune Adventures (Port Stephens)

Silver: National Parks & Wildlife Services & Cape Byron Trust (Byron Shire)

Cultural Tourism:

Gold Award Winner: Port Macquarie Museum

Silver: Newcastle Heritage & Ghost Tours

Eco Tourism:

Gold Award Winner: Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks (Byron Shire)

Adventure Tourism:

Gold Award Winner: Let’s Go Surfing Byron Bay

Silver: Sand Dune Adventures

Bronze: Beyond Ballooning (Hunter Wine Country)

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services:

Gold Award Winner: Bent on Food, Wingham (Great Lakes/The Manning Valley)

Excellence in Food Tourism:

Gold Award Winner: Bent on Food

Caravan & Holiday Parks:

Gold Award Winner:  Big4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry (Great Lakes/The Manning Valley))

Silver: Park Beach Holiday Park (Coffs Coast)

Bronze: Halifax Holiday Park (Port Stephens)

Tour and/or Transport Operators:

Gold Award Winner: Beyond Ballooning (Hunter Wine Country)

Encouragement Award: The Cruise Terminal

Major Festivals & Events:

Gold Award Winner:  Byron Bay Bluesfest (Byron Shire)

Festivals and Events:

Gold Award Winner: The Wingham Akoostik Music Festival (Great Lakes/Manning Valley)

Self Contained Accommodation:

Gold Award Winner: Lilypad Luxury Cabins (Bellingen Shire/Coffs Coast)

Silver: Sea Horse Diamond Beach (Great Lakes/The Manning Valley)

Bronze: Somewhere Unique (Hunter Wine Country)

Standard Accommodation:

Gold Award Winner: Boogie Woogie Beach House (Great Lakes/Manning Valley)

Silver:  Vacation Village (Greater Port Macquarie)

Major Tourist Attractions:

Gold Award Winner:  The Big Banana Fun Park (Coffs Coast)

Tourist Attractions:

Gold Award Winner: Sealy Lookout Orara East State Forest (Coffs Coast)

Silver:  Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail (Greater Port Macquarie)

Visitor Information Services:

Gold Award Winner: Sea Acres Rainforest Centre (Greater Port Macquarie)

Specialised Tourism Services:

Gold Award Winner: State Forests of the Coffs Coast

Silver: Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

Bronze: Arts Mid North Coast (Regional Arts Board)

Tourism Education and Training:

Gold Award:  TEACH Wollongbar TAFE (Ballina Shire)

Hall of Fame:  Telegraph Retreat Luxury Cottages (Greater Port Macquarie) and Visit NSW State Forest

Judith McGilvray Individual Contribution to Regional Tourism:  Cameron Arnold, Byron Shire

2016 Sponsors:

  • Black Duck Brewery• Cassegrain Winery • Charles Sturt University • Destination NSW • Focus Magazine • Good Company Group Communications and Marketing• Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association• Head AV Equipment & Production• Holiday Coast Tours / Busways • Media Garage• North Coast Destination Network• Panthers • Potts Davis & Duncombe• Seasons Café & Restaurant• State Forestry Corporation • Top Parks• Wauchope’s Colonial Florist

For further media information:

Contact: Ms Belinda Novicky, Phone: 0400 033 663

Issued by: Sonia Fingleton, Good Company Communications, Phone: 0414 376 868

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