Editorial - Wednesday, June 10: The coast’s appeal for events

COFFS Harbour stands on the cusp of hosting a series of major events in coming months that are sure to define the success of the local tourist industry in 2015.

As today's edition shows the New South Wales Blues are back in camp ahead of Origin II with the team to return next month for the last of its three State of Origin training camps.

Another massive event will be the return of a national round of the Offshore Superboat Championships.

The harbour spectacular will draw a large crowd to the foreshores in August, with organisers reiterating yesterday the Coffs Harbour setting offers some of the best television scenes of the superboat series.

Just as large a crowd is expected around the harbour weeks later as the city celebrates the Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail. Marking the milestone of rail on the North Coast, the event may also harness national exposure for Coffs Harbour, before the World Rally Championships return to the Coffs Coast in September.

With all of these events in mind, it reminds us here at The Advocate that six years ago we put out a call saying Coffs Harbour needed a signature event to boost our tourism appeal.

In hindsight, the city has shown it didn't need just one event, but many.

- Matt Deans, Editor

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