EIGHT regional tourist events and tourism operators have been named as finalists in the state tourism awards to be announced next month.
Boggabri, Nundle, Walcha, Moree and Tamworth are all named in the list of 155 finalists for 31 categories in the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards.
All eight are winners from the July Inland NSW Tourism Awards including the Green Gully Track at Walcha, the DAG sheep station and woollen mill at Nundle, and Moree’s tourism information centre and artesian aquatic centre. The Boggabri Drover’s Campfire is another finalist.
This year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival is a finalist again, too, and its nomination comes in the wake of it winning gold earlier this year at the national tourism awards for last year’s festival.
Tamworth Regional Council mayor Col Murray said it was an honour to receive recognition at state level.
“Being a finalist recognises the hard work and solid foundations on which the festival has been built over more than 40 years, and 2014 is shaping up to be the best festival on record,” Cr Murray said.
“Through the extensive research completed recently we now know so much more about our festival and the audience which supports it. This information allows us to strategically develop it towards its 50th anniversary in 2022.”
The finalists list was announced yesterday along with details of how people could vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Tamworth Regional Council is encouraging locals to vote for regional favourites in their various categories.
The award winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney on November 28.