Tourists rate Coffs Coast number one

WE'RE simply the best!

Coffs Harbour has been rated as the top tourist destination in regional NSW by a leading accommodation booking website.

Using figures based on the number of domestic tourist bookings received in 2008, has compiled lists of the Top 20 Australian Destinations and the Top 10 NSW Destinations - and Coffs Harbour is a winner all round.

Our fair city was rated the third best in the State behind Sydney and Newcastle, and well ahead of other regional destinations such as Port Macquarie and Byron Bay.

Coffs Harbour also made the Top 20 Australian Destinations list for the second year in a row, coming in as the 15th best destination for domestic tourists in the entire country. brand general manager, Megan Magill, said NSW netted the most spots on the nationwide list.

“There is no denying the popularity of NSW and the rivalry between the blues and maroons will no doubt be fuelled by NSW pipping Queensland in representation,” Ms Magill said.

“We are expecting to see domestic and Trans-Tasman travel remain strong throughout 2009, despite the current economic condition.”

A Tourism Research Australia forecast claims tourism destinations within easy driving distance of major centres are expected to perform better than the national averages in 2009.

“The 2009 forecasts assume Australians will remain time poor and are likely to spend less nights away from home on long trips, but are more likely to increase the frequency of short-term weekend and day trips,” the forecast stated.

Coffs Coast Marketing report that more than 70 per cent of Coffs Harbour's source market is from New South Wales, while Tourism Research Australia figures show more than 700,000 domestic visitors spent $335 million in Coffs Harbour in 2007.

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