Port Macquarie Recognised With International Award

Port Macquarie Recognised With International Award

Port Macquarie has been recognised as a premier destination for major events, receiving the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) 2017 World Festival and Event City Award.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams welcomed the accolade and congratulated the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on its successful submission.

“We’ve always known that the Port Macquarie region is one of Australia’s tourism gems and now the region is also world-renowned as a leading destination for major events,” Mrs Williams said.

“This accolade is a testament to the region’s impressive events calendar which includes IRONMAN Australia, NSW Junior State Cup, Tastings on Hastings, Beatles Festival, Port Macquarie Heritage Festival, Luminosity Youth Festival, Cycling NSW Junior Tour, National Motocross Championships round, NSW Golf Open Regional Qualifier, and Surfing NSW Longboard championships and Junior Surfing Titles, to name a few.

“Events are an important driver for the region’s visitor economy, acting as a beacon for visitors to travel to Port Macquarie and stay in our hotels, dine at our marvellous cafes and restaurants, sample our local produce and visit our tourism attractions.

“The flow-on benefits are undoubtedly significant and this accolade will further support Port Macquarie to secure events in years to come,” Mrs Williams said.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the IFEA Awards are an important global acknowledgement of the strength of NSW’s major events strategy and acclaimed reputation for delivering world-class event experiences.

“The Awards acknowledge the great mix of sporting, cultural and community events Port Macquarie hosts as well as celebrating the international standard to which our regional cities deliver events,” Mr Marshall said.

“This award will underpin the NSW Government’s strategy to attract major events to Port Macquarie and bring more visitors to this remarkable region.”

Port Macquarie was selected by an international panel of judges in recognition of its community leadership and ongoing, concerted efforts to provide a positive local environment that is conducive to, and encourages the success and growth of festivals and events.

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