ON A ROLL: Lismore Tourism co-ordinator Mitch Lowe in the new Art of the Northern Rivers section of the Lismore Visitor Information Centre.
ON A ROLL: Lismore Tourism co-ordinator Mitch Lowe in the new Art of the Northern Rivers section of the Lismore Visitor Information Centre. Jacklyn Wagner

Judging lifts tourism profile

THE Lismore and Nimbin visitor information centres and Southern Cross University have been named as finalists in the 2009 NSW Tourism Awards.

Speaking at the Lismore centre's Aboriginal art space yesterday, Lismore Tourism co-ordinator Mitch Lowe said the recognition would help attract more people to the region.

“Given that there are currently over 170 visitor information centres operating in NSW, to be ranked in the top six centres in the State is a fantastic achievement,” he said. “It also gives us a greater profile.”

The NSW Tourism Awards are held annually to acknowledge tourism operations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success.

Mr Lowe said the judges were impressed by new innovative programs the centre had launched this year, including the Aboriginal art space and a shuttle bus between Lismore and The Cannon Markets.

Staff had been also taken on field trips to local tourist attractions so they had in-depth knowledge of the area to better assist visitors, he said.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University's East Lismore campus was also named a finalist under the Tourism Education and Training category.

The winners will be announced at a gala event at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, November 19.



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