Byron’s a natural for tourism awards

ACCESS EVERYWHERE: CanGo Everywhere founder Melissa James
ACCESS EVERYWHERE: CanGo Everywhere founder Melissa James Veda Dante

CAPE Byron State Conservation Area is a finalist in three categories for the highly contested 25th Annual NSW Tourism Awards.

The finalist recognition is for Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming Indigenous Tourism, Cape Byron Tourist Attraction, and Byron Bay Cottages Unique Accommodation.

"Being a finalist for the Cape acknowledges the successful partnership between the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal people, and celebrates the many successes achieved throughout the year," area manager Sue Walker said. The Founder of CanGo Everywhere, which is also a finalist in the Awards, said savvy operators like the Byron Coast Area's National Parks & Wildlife Service were finally recognising the burgeoning accessible tourism market.

"It's the fastest growing sector of the tourism market - set to make up 25% by 2020 - so it's not something businesses can afford to ignore," Melissa James said. "Three of the lighthouse keeper's cottages are accessible to varying degrees - Mildenhall is fully wheelchair accessible - allowing them to cater to a much larger audience."

After scoring a Bronze at the Regional level, Ms James' Brunswick Heads-based business is in contention for the New Tourism Development Award.

"This is a fantastic accomplishment and one that I hope will help to bring more awareness to the growing need for accessible tourism," she said. "The CanGo Everywhere directory continues to grow with accommodation, restaurants and activities that are suitable to seniors, the less mobile, people with disabilities, families and groups who need easy access - because let's face it; everyone deserves a holiday without hassles."

Winners are named on November 27.

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