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Arts and Culture in Regional NSW Recognised at the 2018 NSW Tourism Awards

In the same week that the Australia Council released its report on the importance of the arts to international tourism, arts operators and events from regional New South Wales were leading the way at the 2018 NSW Tourism Awards.
 
Gold winners included Splendour in the Grass for Major Events, the Parkes Elvis Festival for Festivals & Events and Nundle Woollen Mills for Cultural Tourism. Parkes Elvis Festival was also inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame for winning the same category for three consecutive years.
 
Regional NSW arts and culture operators also took out Silver and Bronze awards, with winners including Tamworth Regional Council/Tamworth Country Music Festival (Bronze – Major Fesitvals and Events), Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail (Silver – Cultural Tourism), Old Dubbo Gaol (Bronze – Cultural Tourism) and The Giingan Experience by Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation (Bronze – Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism).
 
Arts Mid North Coast, one of the 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations in the Regional Arts NSW Network, picked up Silver in the category of Specialised Tourism Services for Mid North Coast…The Creative Coast.
 
Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers, congratulated all regional recipients.
 
“Regional NSW has long been leading the way in arts and cultural tourism, and it is fantastic to see so many regional operators be awarded at this year’s NSW Tourism Awards,” she said.
 
“I would particularly like to congratulate Regional Arts Development Organisation Arts Mid North Coast for their well earned Silver, and their ongoing efforts in promoting the Mid North Coast as a tourist destination for arts and culture.”
 
For a full list of winners and finalists, visit www.nswtourismawards.com/Winners-and-Finalists/2018-Winners