Yamba ranked in top 10 for value
AS IF anyone needed another reason to visit Yamba, the town has made Trivago's top 10 list of Australia's Best Value Destinations Ranking for 2016.
Yamba came in at number five on the list, which was compiled from over 200 million hotel ratings and more than 250 online booking websites in an effort to find the places where travellers could get the best bang for their buck.
It was joined by other regional NSW towns including Forster, Ulladulla and Merimbula.
According to booking website Trivago, Yamba's main drawcards were the beaches and waterways including the Clarence River, the fantastic climate and the variety of dining options available.
"Visiting Yamba and experiencing the relaxed lifestyle of the locals might just convince you to stay forever," it reads.
The Cove Beachfront Apartments on Queen St Yamba got a special mention as the recommended place to stay in town.
For Yamba Chamber of Commerce president and Clarence Valley Councillor Sue Hughes, it's just another notch for the thriving region.
"A few years ago, we were voted the number one town in Australia by Travellers Magazine and I just think we've continued with that," she said.
"We are definitely getting more exposure; chairman of the Tourism Forecasting Committee Bernard Salt recently talked to us about being one of the best sea-change destinations.
"I think our natural beauty is our biggest asset, which is free."
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the achievement demonstrated that the region continued to lead the way when it came to affordable holiday destinations.
"I congratulate our tourism industry for delivering outstanding visitor experiences and tourism products which continue to draw people back year after year," he said.
"Yamba offers value and quality accommodation and I encourage everyone to get out and explore our hotels, restaurants and local attractions.
"Whether it's a short break or a longer stay, our fantastic region offers something for everyone."
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres also welcomed the accolade and said the list highlights some of the State's best hidden gems.
"In the year ending September 2015, tourism in NSW was worth more than $30.2 billion in international and domestic overnight and day trip visitor expenditure," Mr Ayres said.
"It is vital that we continue to support the tourism businesses across Regional NSW to help us achieve our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020."
Top 10 Best Value Destinations
1. Bright, VIC
2. Merimbula, NSW
3. Ulladulla, NSW
4. Forster, NSW
5. Yamba, NSW
6. Halls Gap, VIC
7. Mildura, VIC
8. Mission Beach, QLD
9. Hervey Bay, QLD
10. Albany, WA