Tourism honours for Tweed
THE Tweed has again featured prominently in the annual Northern Rivers Tourism Awards held last night at Casuarina Beach Resort at South Kingscliff.
Fourteen winners were declared and a number of Awards of Distinction and Encouragement given across a range of tourism business categories including regional attraction, eco-tourism, new tourism development, hosted accommodation and luxury accommodation.
For the Tweed, the Gold Coast Airport was recognised with an award for Services To Tourism in the Northern Rivers; Casuarina Beach Resort shared the New Tourism Development with the Ramada Riverside Ballina Resort; Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat continued its good run at the awards, picking up the Hosted Accommodation Award; while Quality Resort Twin Towns also proved to be a winner claiming the Award for Luxury Accommodation.
Ralph and Judy Kraemer, from the Tweed Valley, have also been acknowledged as winners of the Judith McGilvray Award for Contribution by an Individual to Tourism in the Northern Rivers for their outstanding contribution to regional tourism in the Northern Rivers stretching back for well over a decade.
Their biggest achievement has been the establishment of Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat as the signature eco-tourism property in the Northern Rivers. Two businesses, Crystal Castle and Angourie Rainforest Resort were also inducted into the Regional Tourism Hall of Fame.
The night was a celebration of tourism with the theme being the Beauty and the Bounty of The Northern Rivers.
It also was an opportunity to showcase the growing diversity and strength of the tourism industry on the Northern Rivers, with major projects such as Salt and Peppers resorts due for completion this year.