The city of Coffs Harbour has won a globally-acclaimed International
Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event City Award,
gaining recognition alongside major cities around the world.
“Of all the awards the city and
Council have won, this has to be the most prestigious,” said Coffs Harbour
Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.
“This award is fantastic – and global – recognition for the
amazing work this community achieves by working together to attract and
successfully run a huge range of major events and community festivals. The
partnership we have with the business - and wider community – as well as our
event partners and the support it provides is critical to the success of the
events we host. This is truly an award for the whole city.”
Coffs Harbour is known regionally for the diversity of the events
it hosts. These range from the Coates Hire Rally Australia, to the
Touch Football World Cup, the CoastOut Gay and Lesbian Festival, the
Multicultural Harmony Day Festival and the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.
These events bring many millions of dollars and hundreds of
thousands of visitors into the city and region.
Other winners of the IFEA Festival and Event City Award have included
– Dubai (UAE), Ottawa (Canada), Lhasa (Tibet), Sydney, Reykjavik (Iceland) and
Johannesburg (South Africa).
“To most Australians, Coffs Harbour is a traditional summer
holiday destination with its mild sub-tropical climate, stunning beaches and friendly
atmosphere,” said NSW Premier Mike Baird in his endorsement of the IFEA bid,
which was compiled and put forward with the support of Destination NSW.
“This nomination shows that Coffs Harbour is so much more – a
vibrant, forward-thinking city dedicated to driving economic outcomes through
The 2015 IFEA World Festival and Event City Awards were announced during
the IFEA’s 60th Annual Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona, USA.