Nominate for tourism awards

NOMINATIONS are now open for the inaugural 2010 Countrylink North Coast Tourism Awards calling for entries from Port Stephens in the south to Tweed Heads in the north and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Nominations can be completed by visiting to register and pay the nomination fee of $95.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday May 7, 2010 and award submissions must be completed and delivered by close of business on Monday, July 5.

At the same time contestants can enter the NSW Tourism Awards for Excellence with nominations closing on July 23 and Award Submissions closing on August 31. Visit for further information.

“The benefits derived from entering the tourism awards are not only there for the winners,” said multi-award winner Donna Carrier from the Manning Valley’s Bent on Food in Wingham.

“It’s not just about winning,” said this 2009 National Tourism Award Winner in the hotly contested Restaurant category.

Donna believes the benefits derived from constructing the entry are just as beneficial as the resultant publicity, promotion and word of mouth accompanying the winners circle.

“Compiling an award submission is a terrific way of assessing your business and setting goals,’ said Carrier.

“Planning and tracking successes and failures are an ever present necessity in any business.”

For further information visit or contact Belinda Novicky, executive officer Mid North Coast Tourism on 6569 4058 or Sonia Fingleton on 6585 9324.

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