Parkes Elvis Festival inducted into Regional Tourism Hall of Fame

THE WONDER OF THE FESTIVAL: Parkes Elvis Festival Director Cathy Treasure (centre) was honoured to accept the Regional Tourism Hall of Fame accolade with festival founders Bob and Anne Steel on Saturday night. Photo: Submitted
THE WONDER OF THE FESTIVAL: Parkes Elvis Festival Director Cathy Treasure (centre) was honoured to accept the Regional Tourism Hall of Fame accolade with festival founders Bob and Anne Steel on Saturday night. Photo: Submitted

Parkes Elvis Festival has been honoured at the 2019 Regional Tourism Awards by being inducted into the Festival and Events Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame accolade - announced at the gala celebration at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo on Saturday night - comes off the back of three consecutive wins in the Festivals and Events category.

The category recognises festivals, events and exhibitions that enhance the profile and appeal of the destination in which they are held and create a significant economic impact for the destination.

The festival would not be at the internationally acclaimed level it is without the vision and dedication of Bob and Anne.

Cathy Treasure

Saturday night's induction marks the second Hall of Fame milestone for the Parkes Elvis Festival in eight months, after the event was named the best festival in the state at the 2018 NSW Tourism Awards in November and was inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame for winning the same category for three consecutive years.

"Being a Hall of Fame inductee is a fantastic achievement for Parkes Elvis Festival and is a credit to all of the hard work that our amazing committee, volunteers, and Parkes Shire Council staff put into the festival," Parkes Elvis Festival Director, Cathy Treasure said.

"Tonight was made even more special having accepted the award with festival founders Bob and Anne Steel.

"The festival would not be at the internationally acclaimed level it is without the vision and dedication of Bob and Anne."

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The Regional Tourism Awards are held annually to acknowledge excellence in tourism across the four regional tourism areas - Country and Outback and Riverina Murray (combined); North Coast; Sydney Surrounds North; and Sydney Surrounds South and Southern NSW (combined).

The Country and Outback Destination Network is the largest area, spanning from Broken Hill, to Oberon and all the way up to the Queensland border.

"We often joke that it took 27 years for the festival to become an overnight success, but it is all thanks to our wonderful community, hard working volunteers and devoted staff who have enabled the event to achieve international acclaim," Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said.

"This year we welcomed in excess of 27,000 people to Parkes, recorded more than 400 million media hits, and delivered around 200 individual events over the five days - and those numbers don't seem to be slowing down."

In 2020 the Parkes Elvis Festival will celebrate its 28th year with the theme "Frankie & Johnny".

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