2023 Tourism Awards Program

North Coast Tourism Awards Program

The 2023 North Coast Tourism Awards recognises growth, entrepreneurship and celebrates tourism businesses’ success across the North Coast Destination Network region.

Destination North Coast, in partnership with Business NSW are thrilled to announce the finalists for the North Coast Tourism Awards for 2023.



6.00pm – 6.45pm Networking in the gardens of Plantation House
6.45pm – 7.15pm Welcome to Country
Uncle Victor Slockee and Garry Kofoa on the didgeridoo
  Official Welcome Addresses

  • Aymon Gow – Tropical Fruit World and Plantation House
  • Michael Thurston – General Manager, Destination North Coast
  • Cr Chris Cherry – Mayor, Tweed Shire Council
  • Cameron Arnold – Outgoing Chair, Destination North Coast
  • Jennifer Scott – Reflections Holiday Park
7.15pm – 7.25pm MC Presents
Quentin Long – Australian Traveller
7.25pm – 7.35pm Awards Categories Presentations

  • Tourist Attraction of the Year
  • Festival/ Event of the Year
  • Excellence in Cultural Tourism
  • Excellence in Tourism Services
7.35pm – 8.15pm Dinner Service Commences
8.15pm – 8.45pm Awards Categories Presentations

  • Business Event Venue of the Year
  • Tour and Transport Operator of the Year
  • Excellence in Food Tourism
  • Excellence in Specialised Tourism
  • Outstanding Accommodation Experience
  • Excellence in Camping, Glamping and/or Caravanning
  • Excellence in Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
  • Excellence in Innovation 
  • Outstanding Tourism Start-Up
8.45pm – 9.15pm Dessert Service Commences
9.15pm – 9.20pm Paula Martin – Business NSW
9.20pm-9.30pm Awards Categories Presentations

  • Outstanding Tourism Employee
  • Outstanding Young Tourism Business Leader
  • Outstanding Tourism Business Leader
  • Business of the Year
9.30pm – 9.40pm Closing Words
John O’Neill – Chair, Destination North Coast
9.40pm – 11.30pm Music by Local Artist – Danielle Guest

Special Thanks To Destination Co-hosts

tweed tourism
tweed shire council

Special Thanks To Our Awards Delivery Partner

business NSW

Special Thanks To Our Event Major Sponsor

reflections holiday park

Special Thanks To Our Event Sponsors

tropical fruit world
earth brew
earth check