PORT Macquarie’s Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre have been named finalists in the national tourism awards.
They will compete for top honours at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
The industry’s premier awards night, to be held on February 23, recognises outstanding industry achievement across 25 categories.
“These awards are an important annual event to showcase our industry’s finest to the whole country and it is wonderful to have four local tourism operators as finalists,” Lyne MP and Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Luke Hartsuyker, said.
“It is an opportunity to recognise Australian tourism operators achieving excellence day in, day out in every area of their operation. I commend their commitment to building this important industry, which contributes so strongly to jobs and the economy in this region.
“I am pleased to see the region recognised for its high quality tourism venues that attract local, domestic and international visitors. I have no doubt that, as finalists, these operators will only bolster their already impressive reputations, and that of the Mid North Coast region, as a tourism destination.
“The last 12 months have been a period of incredible success for the local industry and it’s great to be able to honour some of the individual operators who work so hard to deliver such strong results.”