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Finalists vie for tourism awards

ByDavid Gordon

A North Coast music festival, a Byron Bay cafe and a Ballina conference centre will be among those vying for a gong at the upcoming NSW Tourism Awards.

Six finalists from the North Coast region will be represented in the awards, to be announced at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 17.

The North Coast finalists are:
•    Cape Byron State Conservation Area (major tourist attraction).
•    Bluesfest Byron Bay (major festival or event).
•    Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres (visitor information and services).
•    Ballina Beach Resort and Conference Centre (meetings and business tourism).
•    TAFE NSW North Coast Institute (tourism education and training).
•    Byron Beach Cafe (tourism restaurant and catering services).

The NSW tourism awards are run by the NSW Tourism Industry Council and are designed to publicly recognise the finest tourism products from across the State.  The awards have 30 categories across the industry, including attractions, festivals and events, ecotourism, tour and transport operators, marketing and accommodation and outstanding contribution from individuals.  Entry is open to all NSW tourism operators.
Last year’s local winners included Bluesfest, the GunnaWannaBe Cafe Gallery and Learning Centre in Lismore, Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres and Byron Beach Cafe.

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