The Northern Rivers region has six finalists in the 2008 NSW Tourism Awards, including visitor centres for Lismore and the Clarence.

“Congratulations go to those selected as finalists – it is quite an achievement to be selected and we wish them the best when the awards are announced on November 20,” says CEO of Northern Rivers Tourism Russell Mills.

The finalist and categories are:

  • Visitor information and services:
    The Clarence River and Clarence Coast Visitor Information Centres at South Grafton and MacLean, Lismore Visitor Centre, Lismore.
  • Tourist and Caravan Parks:
    Big 4 North Star Holiday Park, Hastings Point.
  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism:
    Cape Byron Headland Reserve at Bryon Bay.
  • Tourism Education and Training:
    Southern Cross University, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Lismore.
  • Hosted Accommodation:
    Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat, Crystal Creek near Murwillumbah.

“Being selected as a finalist is recognition of quality of service, presentation and professionalism and can rightly be used in any marketing activities,” Mr Mills said.

“Category winners are the best of the best, and are automatically entered into the National Awards.”

The NSW Tourism Awards this year received more than 250 entries, which is an increase of 25 per cent on last year.

The awards, which will be held on November 20, are presented by Tourism NSW in conjunction with the Tourism Industry Council NSW. It is the largest and most prestigious event on the State’s tourism calendar.