22 September 2015 Coffs Harbour Wins Global Award

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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 year-round events.”

The 2015 IFEA World Festival and Event City Awards were announced during the IFEA’s 60th Annual Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona, USA.