Music festivals in NSW were acknowledged for their contribution to the State’s tourism industry this week following what has been a catastrophic start of the year following the NSW Government’s tough new licensing laws which kicked in this month.
Byron Bay’s Splendour In The Grass and Parkes’ Elvis Festival both won medals at the Australian Tourism Awards.
Splendour won bronze in the Major Festivals and Events category, while the Parkes Elvis Festival also took Bronze in the Festivals and Events category.
Gold went to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland in the Major Festivals and Events category and silver to Formula 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo took gold and Perth’s CinefestOZ brought home silver in the Festivals and Events category.
Splendour attracted 35,000 attendees a day over three days while Parkes drew 27,000 this year.