THERE is plenty to smile about for local tourist operators after scooping the pool at Saturday night’s North Coast Destination Network and The Legendary Pacific Coast Tourism Awards.
The winners were announced at a gala presentation dinner at Cassegrain Winery in Port Macquarie.
“More than 150 tourism industry leaders are celebrating at this tourism night of nights,” said North Coast Destination Network and The Legendary Pacific Coast executive officer, Belinda Novicky at the awards.
“We’ve been enjoying a great night of regional food, wine and entertainment by Seasons Café-Restaurant and a nostalgic journey through Port Macquarie’s tourism history, thanks to a great presentation prepared by Arts Mid North Coast and the Port Macquarie Museum.
“I’d particularly like to thank our industry judges who meticulously waded through all the entries and undertook on site visits to pick the best of our region.
“We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors.”
The winners from the Port Macquarie-Hastings area are:
Gold Award Winner: Port Macquarie Museum
Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services:
Gold Award Winner: Bent on Food, Wingham (Great Lakes/The Manning Valley)
Excellence in Food Tourism:
Gold Award Winner: Bent on Food
Tour and/or Transport Operators:
Encouragement Award: The Cruise Terminal
Festivals and Events:
Gold Award Winner: The Wingham Akoostik Music Festival (Great Lakes/Manning Valley)
Self Contained Accommodation:
Silver: Sea Horse Diamond Beach (Great Lakes/The Manning Valley)
Gold Award Winner: Boogie Woogie Beach House (Great Lakes/Manning Valley)
Silver: Vacation Village (Greater Port Macquarie)
Silver: Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail (Greater Port Macquarie)
Visitor Information Services:
Gold Award Winner: Sea Acres Rainforest Centre (Greater Port Macquarie)
Specialised Tourism Services:
Silver: Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
Bronze: Arts Mid North Coast (Regional Arts Board)
Hall of Fame:
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