Bluesfest and Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming win NSW awards
BYRON Bay has scooped up two awards at the NSW Tourism Awards held in Sydney last night.
Bluesfest won in the Major Festivals and Events category and Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming Cape Byron State Conservation Area won in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism category.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble said competition was fierce.
"It gets harder every year to be nominated," he said.
"I really must pay tribute to all the Bluesfest team for this award ... there are so many people who work so hard for 12 months a year with little down time to make this incredible event what it is."
Education officer for Byron Coast National Parks and Wildlife Services Delta Kay attended last night's awards ceremony.
She said she's ecstatic.
"It was fantastic, we're very surprised with how well we did," she said.
Ms Kay said she believes Dolphin Dreaming did so well because of the large focus on customer satisfaction for locals and tourists alike.
"A lot of our customers are returning and the programs we offer are flexible," she said.
"We're utilising the Cape Byron State Recreation Area, so it's outdoors and very hands-on," she said.
Dolphin Dreaming uses story, song and dance to share the culture of the local Arakwal people.
Awards bring light to outstanding products and services
NSW Business Chamber chief executive Stephen Cartwright said the Tourism Awards brought to light the outstanding products and experiences offered around the state.
"Tourism is a vital contributor to the NSW economy, and the hard work and commitment of all the businesses that have taken part in the 2015 NSW Tourism Awards should be commended," he said.
The Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres received bronze in their category.
The awards are managed by the Tourism Industry division of the NSW Business Chamber.