Bluesfest Byron Bay have been honoured with a Silver placing at the Australian Tourism Awards on Friday night.

Handed out at a ceremony in Perth, Bluesfest took home their award in the category for Best Major Festival and Event, with the first placing going to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

“There is no shame in coming second in the final of the Australian Tourism Awards,” said Bluesfest Executive Director Peter Noble. “Bluesfest was up against Australia’s creme de la creme in the category Best Major Festivals and Events. The winner was the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and other finalists included the F1 Melbourne Grand Prix.”

“We are proud to now be a member of the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame, having won the Best Major Event and Festival Award three years in a row, and five times in total. Under the rules we can’t enter again now for a few years, whilst other worthy events in NSW get their chance of winning. We do intend to return and win this award in the future.”

“It is a challenge to present a festival that continues to win and be nominated for so many awards,” Noble continued. “We do not take it for granted and will always strive to provide the best in music, and the services we provide to our patrons. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our ongoing success, and especially to our incredible patrons. Without their support we could not continue to present Bluesfest at the level we do.”