Coffs Har­bour is world-class

Three out of three for our fes­ti­val and events rep­u­ta­tion

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

FOR the third year in a row, Coffs Har­bour has been cel­e­brated as one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing ma­jor events des­ti­na­tions, re­ceiv­ing the In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­vals & Events As­so­ci­a­tion (IFEA) 2017 World Fes­ti­val and Event City Award.

Mem­ber for Coffs Har­bour An­drew Fraser wel­comed the news and said the award is sig­nif­i­cant recog­ni­tion of the re­gion’s com­mit­ment to pre­sent­ing a world-class cal­en­dar of ma­jor events.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud that Coffs Har­bour has re­ceived this pres­ti­gious accolade for the third time and has once again been recog­nised as a global leader in ma­jor events,” Mr Fraser said

“In the past year Coffs Har­bour has played host to events in­clud­ing Rally Aus­tralia, the FFA Hyundai A-League and West­field W-League Dou­ble Header, AFL JLT Com­mu­nity Se­ries match, 2016 Women’s In­ter­na­tional Cricket Se­ries – Aus­tralia V South Africa, Har­mony Fes­ti­val and Salt­wa­ter Fresh­wa­ter Fes­ti­val, to name just a few.

“Th­ese events are ma­jor draw­cards for vis­i­tors to the re­gion and bring sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fit to our lo­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion providers, cafes and restau­rants and tourism at­trac­tions.”

Min­is­ter for Tourism and Ma­jor Events Adam Mar­shall said the IFEA awards are an im­por­tant global ac­knowl­edge­ment of the strength of NSW’s ma­jor events strat­egy and ac­claimed rep­u­ta­tion for de­liv­er­ing world-class event ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The Awards ac­knowl­edge the great mix of sport­ing, cul­tural and com­mu­nity events Coffs Har­bour hosts as well as cel­e­brat­ing the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard to which our re­gional cities de­liver events,” Mr Mar­shall said.

“This award will un­der­pin the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s strat­egy to at­tract ma­jor events to Coffs Har­bour and bring more vis­i­tors to this re­mark­able re­gion.”

Coffs Har­bour was se­lected by an in­ter­na­tional panel of judges in recog­ni­tion of its com­mu­nity lead­er­ship and on­go­ing, con­certed ef­forts to pro­vide a pos­i­tive lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment that is con­ducive to, and en­cour­ages the suc­cess and growth of fes­ti­vals and events.

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