Blue Dolphin only Valley finalist in tourism awards
YAMBA'S Blue Dolphin Resort has been the holiday jewel in the Clarence Valley crown for many years and again this year has been recognised as a finalist in the North Coast tourism awards.
The caravan park and resort is in fact the only Clarence Valley institution to be named in the finalist's this year, with award winners to be announced at a presentation dinner on Saturday, August 15.
After only coming back into the running of the tourism destination a year-and-a-half ago, owner-operator Mark Mitchell said the focus for the team was to restore the park to its former glory.
"I could not believe we were the only place in the Clarence Valley listed as finalists," Mr Mitchell said. "I guess we are always trying hard to keep the standard up and producing new facilities.
"The park was leased out for about eight years. We only took it back over recently and have been trying to restore it to its former glory."
Mr Mitchell explained that being finalists was a reward for all the hard work and dedication of his team.
"Being short listed as finalists means a lot for us," he said. "It is sort of recognition for the staff and our partners and ourselves for all the effort that has been put into the Blue Dolphin.
"We market the park as the affordable family resort but that is not all we do. We get some retirees or the grey nomads as they call them. We also get a lot of tourists and backpackers and even just people looking for a weekend getaway.
"This winter has been exceptional with about 140 vans at the park across the winter."
The team at the Blue Dolphin is hoping for luck at the presentation night and at bigger awards.
"We'll keep our fingers crossed in the North Coast awards and hope we do get voted the best Caravan and Holiday Park," Mr Mitchell said.
"Then hopefully move on to the NSW and Australian awards."