The Coffs Harbour Running Festival has been identified as a regional festival worthwhile of Styate Government funding in a bid to increase participation numbers.
The Coffs Harbour Running Festival has been identified as a regional festival worthwhile of Styate Government funding in a bid to increase participation numbers. Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advoca

Two festivals set to receive extra funding from state

CURRYFEST and the Coffs Harbour Running Festival will receive funding under the State Government's Regional Flagship Events Program, which aims to increase visitation to festivals in regional NSW.

The Coffs Coast festivals are among 36 events and festivals that have been allocated funding of either $10,000 or triennial funding of $20,000 per year for three years.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the additional funding would assist organisers in marketing and advertising.

"Events play an important role in the Coffs Harbour electorate's economy, helping to attract people to our beautiful area and also showcasing what is unique about our region," Mr Fraser said.

"We look forward to welcoming visitors for both the Coffs Harbour Running Festival and Curryfest next year, which is set to provide a memorable tourism experience and a reason for visitors to plan a return trip again soon."

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the program highlighted the government's commitment to tourism growth across the state.

"Positioning NSW as Australia's number one tourism and events destination is one of the NSW Government's key priorities and the Regional Flagship Events Program helps us to achieve this by creating additional exposure for our fantastic state."

Mr Ayres said tourism in NSW was flourishing, with more than 53 million international and domestic visitors who spent about $14billion last financial year.



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