Valley tourism recognised



Two Clarence Valley organisations were among the finalists announced this week for the 2005 Northern Rivers Tourism Awards.

Great Time Cruises and Clarence River Tourism are the only Clarence Valley finalists in the awards, and join a host of other businesses vying for recognition.

Clarence River Tourism is doubly excited, after it was nominated in both the General Tourism Services and the Destinations Promotions categories.

Clarence River Tourism manager Jenny Massie said the organisation had every reason to be hopeful of snaring an award, having won last year's General Tourism Services category.

"We are very excited and pleased because from our point of view, winning a tourism award promotes the Clarence Valley, so if we can do something to raise the profile of the Valley as an ideal tourism destination, that's excellent," Mrs Massie said.

Grafton business Great Time Cruises is up for the top award in the Tour/Tour Operator category ? the same category it won in 2003 and received a High Recommendation last year.

Great Time Cruises owner Gordon Smith said he was confident his business could win the award again.

"It's hard to say what our chances are, but what we do is something quite unique on the Clarence River," he said.

The Northern Rivers Tourism Awards will be presented in Lismore on September 6.

Winners in each category will move into the NSW State Tourism Awards, which are due to be held in November.



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