The Tamworth Country Music Festival has won Gold for Major Festivals and Events at the NSW Tourism Awards.
The announcement was made in Darling Harbour last night where Tamworth Regional Council General Manager Paul Bennett and Director Business and Events, John Sommerlad were in attendance to collect the award on behalf of the event organisers, sponsors, other stakeholders and, most importantly, the residents of Tamworth.
Mr Bennett said: "We're extremely excited and very proud to accept this Award. This Award belongs to the residents of Tamworth as much as it does to the organisers and stakeholders. The passion and commitment of our 'Tamworth Ambassadors' contributes each year to the success of the Festival.
"We also acknowledge our strategic partners, Toyota and Destination NSW. Without their support our Festival would not be possible."
After winning Silver at the Inland Tourism Awards earlier in the year, the Nundle Woollen Mill has taken out the top gong in the Heritage and Cultural Tourism category at last night's announcement.
"The Nundle Woollen Mill continues to contribute to tourism in our region and we are thrilled to offer our congratulations," said Mr Bennett.
Tamworth Regional Mayor, Col Murray, said the city was ready to welcome the vast festival crowds and special visitors, many of whom he said had made Tamworth an annual pilgrimage.
"The Festival is on track to be another memorable and enjoyable experience, offering even more for festival fans," Cr Murray said.
In April 2015, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is hoping to repeat history by taking out the nation's highest accolade and being named Australia's best major festival and event at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Adelaide. The Festival was awarded this same award for 2012's event.
The NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year.