NSW has once again been recognised as Australia’s number-one major events State with Sydney, Newcastle and Coffs Harbour each bestowed a prestigious World Festival and Event City Award by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA).
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the achievements follow a series of major event investments and wins across NSW.
“These awards are an important acknowledgement of our State’s robust major events strategy and tireless work to secure world-class events for NSW. This is the seventh year in a row Sydney has won the coveted international title, reinforcing the harbour city’s position as the major events capital of Australia,” Mr Ayres said.
“This latest IFEA award for Newcastle is the fourth time this coastal metropolis has won, cementing its reputation as a Regional NSW events city and the proud home to blockbusters including Surfest and the Australian Bowl Riding Championships.
“I am delighted to see Coffs Harbour win its second IFEA World Festival and Event City Award following the success of major events including Rally Australia, the Offshore Superboat Championships, Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge and the Sawtell Chilli Festival.”
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said she was delighted the State had achieved international recognition in a highly competitive field.
“NSW continues to stand out as one of the world’s most celebrated event destinations and we are delighted our State has again won three IFEA awards,” Ms Chipchase said.
President and Chief Executive Officer of IFEA Steven Schmader said the international panel of judges noted that of the many cities considered for an award Sydney was lighting the way for others to follow.
“It is a tribute to the combined leadership of Destination NSW, the City and their partner events, that Sydney is the only global destination to have received this award every year since the award program’s inception. Destination NSW has built a successful model to be aspired to and emulated by your professional peers, yet one that continues to break new ground,” Mr Schmader said.