The Northern Rivers region had four of its six finalists win awards in the 2008 NSW Tourism Awards.

A Gold Award went to Clarence River Tourism for its Clarence River and Clarence Coast Visitor Information Centres at South Grafton and MacLean.

A Silver Award went to Southern Cross University, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Lismore, in the Education and Training category, and another to Big 4 North Star Holiday Park at Hastings Point, in the Tourist and Caravan Parks Category.

The Lismore Visitor Centre at Lismore picked up the Bronze Award in the visitor information and services category.

“Congratulations must go to all Award winners from the Northern Rivers, particularly to Clarence River Tourism whose two centres are outstanding. This is great news and comes on the back of a most successful international tourism conference held in the Clarence region this week,” says CEO of Northern Rivers Tourism, Russell Mills.

“All finalists exhibit excellence in what they do and the awards not only provide recognition for that, but assist in marketing the tourism products and services of our wonderful Northern Rivers region”

Other finalists from the Northern Rivers were: Cape Byron Headland Reserve at Byron Bay (Heritage and Cultural Tourism); and Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat, Crystal Creek near Murwillumbah (Hosted accommodation).