Byron and regional businesses picked up a swag of medals at last week’s 2012 NSW Tourism Awards, announced in Sydney on Thursday.
Top of the list was Cape Byron State Conservation Area (including the Lighthouse and walking track), which won Gold for Best Tourist Attraction in the state.
Byron Beach Cafe won silver for Best Tourism Restaurant & Catering Service, while Bluesfest took out Silver for Best Major Festival and Event.
Elsewhere on the north coast, TAFE North Coast Institute’s Tourism Events and Hospitality Section received Bronze for Best Tourism Education and Training.
It is the third year running Byron Beach Cafe has taken out the silver award and a spokesperson for the venue said they had been recognised for their ‘commitment and effort in providing an outstanding experience for visitors to the region and for helping promote Byron Bay as a leading tourism destination’.
Earlier this year the cafe also the Lifestyle Channel’s 2012 ‘I Love FOOD’ Awards for NSW’s Favourite Cafe.