Coffs Coast number one for holidays

THE Coffs Coast features prominently in a Destination NSW campaign to help families make the most of spring and the school holidays.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said the promotion offered packages for families visiting regional areas across the state.

"It's also important for tourism businesses in this area, many of which are small, family-owned or run operations, to have a resource like Destination NSW to generate interest during spring," Mr Fraser said.

"Regional tourism operators have embraced the campaign, offering more than 170 fantastic deals for families who want an affordable holiday over the coming school holidays (between September 23 and October 9).

"New South Wales offers plenty of destinations and experiences that families can enjoy over spring and I encourage holidaymakers to visit to find a deal that suits them."

Deals on offer in Coffs Harbour include:

  • Precision Helicopters - $45 per person in the Jet Ranger (conditions apply);
  • Coffs Harbour YHA Backpackers Resort - two nights accommodation from $155 per night for a family of four in a family room or $130 for a family of three or $195 for a family of five;
  • Absolute Beachfront Opal Cove Resort - family fun pack from $180 per night (normally $276) for two adults and two children staying in a resort side room, including breakfast and nine holes of golf.

"This spring we are encouraging people to get out and about and explore the diversity and variety of holiday experiences available in NSW," Mr Fraser said.

"Much of regional and country NSW is at its best during the spring months. A number of regional towns and villages host wonderful spring festivals and celebrations during the school holidays."

The new campaign builds on a similar spring school holidays promotion from last year which had almost 25,000 visits to the website, generating more than 1700 business leads to industry.

In the year ending March 2011, regional NSW had 49 million visitors who spent 69 million nights in the regions and injected $11.8 billion into the regional economy.

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