For the second year running Bluesfest scored the Award for Business Excellence in the category of Major Events and Festivals at the North Coast Tourism Awards at Port Macquarie on Saturday.
The awards are presented by a number of councils and tourism associations on the mid and north coasts.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble said ‘Every time you win an award it is special and rewarding beyond words!
‘We are full of pride to be bringing this award home to Byron Bay once again and to be representing the north coast in the NSW State Tourism Awards in November. We won the Gold NSW Tourism Award in 2011, something we achieved for our region from winning the North Coast Tourism Award the same year, so we are so honoured to be doing it all again and having the possibility to win another Gold in the state awards.
‘With any award, you not only need to have the product that can win; it all also requires a submission of the highest degree. Our incredible team at Bluesfest has put a lot of hard work into writing the submission and I would like to express my special thanks to Helen Whitley from the Bluesfest office, who has spent endless hours in perfecting the entry.’
Noble also announced the launch of the Boomerang Indigenous Arts Festival on the night of the awards, to be directed by renowned Indigenous arts director Rhoda Roberts.
Bluesfest is currently looking forward to the upcoming Australian Event Awards, happening in Sydney next week and the Helpmann Awards on September 24.
Amid all the award celebrations the Bluesfest team is working around the clock preparing for its first big artist 2013 announcement scheduled for later this month.
Bluesfest is held annually over Easter (Thu 28 March to Monday 1 April 2013) at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay and 2013 will mark its 24th year.
Tickets for 2013 are now on sale on www.bluesfest.com.au or by calling the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310.