The city of Coffs Harbour has won the globally-acclaimed
International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event
City Award - for the second year in a row - once again gaining recognition
alongside some of the world’s biggest cities.
“The partnership with and support of the local community, at
all levels, is critical to the success of any festival or event and this is
what I’m most proud of – having 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,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor
“Without the support and positive relationship we have with
the business - and wider community – as well as our event partners we would not
be able to host such popular and diverse events. The Coffs Harbour community is
the real winner of this superb accolade.”
Coffs Harbour is known regionally for the diversity of the
events it hosts. These range from the Kennards Hire Rally Australia, to
the many Touch Football and Oz Tag Championships, Coffs Harbour International
Buskers and Comedy Festival, Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge, the Multicultural
Harmony Festival, Woolgoolga Curryfest and Sawtell Chilli Festival.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart
Ayres said the awards are an important acknowledgement of our State’s robust
major events strategy and tireless work to secure world-class events for NSW.
“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.”
The events hosted by Coffs Harbour bring many millions of
dollars and hundreds of thousands of visitors into the city and region every
Other winners of the 2016 IFEA Festival and Event City Award
include – Dubai (UAE), Sydney, Krakow (Poland), Philadelphia (USA), Newcastle
(Australia) and Taupo, (New Zealand).
The 2016 IFEA World Festival and Event City Awards were
announced during the IFEA’s 61st Annual Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona,