Ulysses club hopes to ride off with award

THE Ulysses AGM 2007 has proven itself a defining event on the Coffs Coast, after being announced as one of four finalists in the 2007 NSW Tourism Awards that hail from the Coffs Coast region.

Bringing over 6000 people and an estimated $10 million into Coffs Harbour and the surrounding regions, it's not hard to see why.

The submission was made by Coffs Coast Marketing manager Rob Cleary, and chief coordinator of the AGM, Phil Johnson.

"Being a finalist in these awrads really is a credit to all the effort that was put into the AGM," Mr Cleary said.

"We're really excited. It's great to have some recognition for the volunteers, both from the club and from the council, that put in so much work."

Mr Johnson said: "It's just great. The Ulysses national committee found out, and they're just over the moon.

"It says a lot for the Coffs Coast not only that they can stage an event of this size, but they can do it successfully. It's great for Ulysses too, it says to other councils and towns that hosting the Ulysses AGM is very rewarding.

"We were just wrapped with the entire event."

Mr Cleary also recognised that the Coffs Coast was most definately becoming a leader in the tourism industry.

"People are recognising the quality of our products and events, and the finalists are a good indication of that."

Other finalists in the region are Coffs Harbour Butterfly House in Bonville, Lily Pily Country House in Bellingen, and the Pet Porpoise Pool in Coffs Harbour.

"The quality and variety of this year's finalists will undoubtedly encourage more people to visit the Mid North Coast," Minister for Tourism, Matt Brown, said.

"This is a fantasic result for the Mid North Coast and demostrates the high standard of professionalism and innovation in the local tourism industry."

The winners will be announced at the NSW Tourism Awards presentation and gala dinner on Thursday, November 15 at Star City Hotel and Casino.

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