Griffith A Finalist In Nsw Top Tourism Town Awards
Tuesday, 11 May 2021Griffith has been named a finalist in the first ever Top Tourism Town Awards for NSW, among 16 towns from across the State in the 5,000 and above category.
“The Top Tourism Town Awards celebrate the unwavering spirit of these communities and demonstrates the true value of tourism and the visitor economy to these towns,” said NSW Tourism Industry Council Executive Manager, Greg Binskin.
“It’s a real testament to the resilience of these towns that in this first year, we have an incredible 42 finalists in two categories: those with populations over 5,000 residents and those under 5,000.
“These Awards are all about community collaboration, groups such as Tourism Associations and Operators, Councils and Visitor Information Centres have come together to showcase their town as a tourism destination worthy of celebrating.”
“The process was highly competitive with inspiring editorial, images and video content accompanied by a compelling 3 – 4 day itinerary essential to be a Top Tourism Town finalist,” Mr Binskin said.
Griffith City Council’s Tourism Manager, Mirella Guidolin said Griffith’s submission was reviewed by a panel of judges which saw us reach the public voting stage.
“Earlier in the week we called everyone who loves Griffith to get voting – this is going to be an extremely competitive award and I am hopeful we will take home the prize,” said Ms Guidolin.
“The judges’ vote will account for 50%, with the public vote making up the remainder – the public vote could see us win and in turn, attract even more visitors to our great City.”
Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi said it’s a true testament to not only the Tourism Team to make it this far, but to all the Tourism and Hospitality operators.
“Everyone who visits Griffith truly appreciates the unique character and this comes down to what we can offer – which is plenty!” said Councillor Dal Broi.
“Griffith is fortunate to have incredibly passionate and dedicated Tourism and Hospitality operators which ensures visitors have a fantastic time while they visit, with many opting to extend their stay once they see what is on offer.
“Winning this award would go a long way to showing the rest of Australia what Griffith really is and attract even more visitors to Griffith,” added Councillor Dal Broi.
Chair of the Tourism and Events Committee, Councillor Christine Stead said Griffith has seen a surge in regional travellers since Covid, with visitor numbers doubling those prior to the pandemic.
“We have always known Griffith is a great place, but now we are really getting the word out there which is increasing the number of visitors to our area and this adds to our visitor economy – it’s a win-win situation for everyone,” said Councillor Stead.
"I would like to congratulate the Tourism Team on their entry and look forward to seeing the results at the end of the month."
The winners will be announced by the Hon. Stuart Ayres, Minister for Tourism, Investment & Jobs at the Local Government NSW Destination & Visitor Economy Conference, Thursday 27 May 2021.
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