Top tourism award for Clarence Valley
Clarence River Tourism has taken top honours in the 2005 NSW Tourism awards.
The decision was announced on Thursday night at Sydney's Star City Casino, where 800 people from the tourism industry gathered.
Clarence River Tourism manager Jenny Massie said it was a great honour to be judged the best in the state in a major tourism industry award for outstanding achievement and success during 2004/2005.
"We would not have been able to achieve the level of excellence required to win a state award without a team effort from the staff, the board, the council and the local community, so thank you very much," she said.
Clarence River Tourism won the award for General Tourism Services, as well as an award of distinction for Destination Promotion.
Winners of the awards were decided by judges that were nominated by representatives of the tourism industry.
Entrants were judged primarily on their business and marketing plans.
"This award is recognition for the whole tourism industry in the Clarence Valley and on behalf of Clarence River Tourism, I would like to express our appreciation to the Clarence Valley community for their support of tourism," she said.
"We are absolutely thrilled to bring such a prestigious award home to the Clarence Valley."
Ms Massie said she felt like she was 'walking on a cloud' after the win was announced.
"The judges received nearly 150 entries and the standard was very high," NSW Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Sandra Nori said.
"Most categories were hard fought which demonstrates the strength of the industry in the state."
Clarence River Tourism will represent the state at the National Tourism Awards on February 24 on the Gold Coast.