Coffs Coast quality to the fore
PORT MACQUARIE may have dominated the Mid North Coast Tourism Awards on Thursday night, but the Coffs Coast still managed to walk away with several awards. The awards, held at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, saw 22 winners in a range of categories. Winners from the Coffs Coast included the Pet Porpoise Pool (Significant Tourist Attraction), Bellingen Jazz Festival (Significant Festivals and Events), Southern Cross Pottery (Tourism Retailing) and Bellingen YHA (Backpacker Accommodation). The Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and Novotel Pacific Bay Resort also received awards of distinction. NSW Minister for Tourism and Recreation, Ms Sandra Nori, congratulated all winners, awards of distinction recipients and finalists who sought recognition in a very competitive industry. "The Mid North Coast Tourism Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of many operators and shine a light on success by singling out those businesses which have risen above the status quo," Ms Nori said. "They are important in acknowledging and improving quality in every facet of the tourism industry across the region, from attractions and accommodation to events and services." All winners are eligible to enter the 2006 NSW Tourism Awards. Entries close on September 11, with winners announced in November.