Tuesday, 30 May 2017
The NSW Government has submitted an expression of interest (EOI) to take the Logies from Melbourne to country NSW, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall announced today.
The EOI submitted by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, proposes to hold the TV Week Logie Awards in Tamworth, with the option of two more of the state’s regional NSW cities from 2018 – 2020.
“We’re proposing to take the glitz and glamor of the Logies beyond the fringes of the city and out to Tamworth in 2018 and then potentially Dubbo and Albury in 2019 and 2020,” Mr Marshall said.
“The impact of hosting an event of this stature in regional NSW cannot be overlooked and this is no ambit claim – we’ve done our homework and taking the Logies to the bush represents more than double the value of hosting them in Sydney.
“The potential for Regional NSW to host major events is huge; these areas have some of the best food, wine, unique tourist attractions and country hospitality that you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world.
“The positive flow-on effects would be felt right across our regions with more heads on beds, and more tourist dollars ending up in the pockets of local businesspeople.
Mr Marshall said the bid was another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to rural and regional NSW.
“As a country based Minister I’m determined to boost local economies, generate jobs and drive investment by turbocharging the tourism and events industry for rural and regional NSW,” Mr Marshall said.
The NSW Government’s bid follows last year’s #BringTheLogiesToDubbo campaign which captured the hearts and imaginations of television celebrities and people across regional NSW.
Under the EOI submitted the 2018 Logies would be held in Tamworth, with the NSW Government to explore the feasibility of taking the awards to Dubbo and Albury in 2019 and 2020. If successful the bid would secure the Logies for regional NSW from 2018 to 2020.