At the 62nd Annual International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Convention, Expo & Retreat in Tucson, Arizona, USA, held last Thursday, 14 September, the NSW town of Coffs Harbour, the Port Macquarie Region of NSW, Sydney, and the Gold Coast were recognised as 2017 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award Recipients.
The IFEA World Festival & Event City Award was designed and created as a way for the global festivals and events industry to openly encourage, support and recognise positive local environments for festivals and events worldwide.
City entries were judged by an international panel of industry experts in the only recognition program of its kind.
2017 award winners include:
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Port Macquarie Region, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Tucson, Arizona, United States
“The IFEA is pleased to recognize and highlight those cities and markets who have worked, through concerted efforts, to provide an environment conducive to successful festivals and events,” said IFEA President Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE, during the presentations.
“Through this award, the IFEA hopes to create a continuing dialogue between events and cities around the world, at a time when each needs to be supporting the other more than ever. The quality of all the entries paints a bright picture for our industry and those cities recognized with this award are helping to build a strong foundation and example that we hope all cities, globally, will work to emulate.”