Festival again in final five

THE North West region has cemented its reputation as a tourism hub, with five of the area’s iconic destinations and events announced as finalists in a major awards event.

Tamworth’s Country Music Festival, Nundle’s Woollen Mill and DAG Sheep Station, the Moree Visitor Information Centre and Boggabri Drover’s Campfire Event were all announced as finalists for the 2014 Inland Tourism Awards yesterday.

The annual awards are held to acknowledge excellence in tourism in the four regional tourism areas of Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina. 

The five local landmarks make up a pack of 35 finalists from the four regions.

Last year, winners from the 2013 Inland Tourism Awards gained finalist status at the NSW Tourism Awards and of these, four entrants were awarded gold, seven won silver and two won bronze awards.

The finalists will know their fate at an awards ceremony to be held in Griffith on Saturday, July 26.

This is the third year the Tamworth Country Music Festival has made the finals and festival organisers couldn’t be happier.

Festival manager Gavin Flanagan said the third time was further recognition of the festival’s success.

“The 2014 Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth was widely acknowledged as one of the best in recent years, with bumper crowds seeing more than 2700 events across 120 venues over 10 days,’’ he said.

“Being a finalist in the awards again is further recognition of its success.”

A representative of the awards judging panel visited the region in June to conduct an in-depth assessment of the award application and tour the city with Destination Tamworth.

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