Scot MacDonald
28th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that a video which showcases Port Stephens as a holiday destination, has been crowned as a winning entry in the ‘What I Love About Holidays in NSW’ campaign.

Mr MacDonald said the video, shot at Fingal Bay by Lius Hansen was one of more than 620 video submissions in the campaign being run by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The campaign also attracted more than 16,000 photo submissions.

“I am delighted to see this incredible image, which captures the beauty of Port Stephens so well, has been named a winner in this popular NSW tourism campaign,” Mr MacDonald said.

“No doubt this image will capture the attention of holiday-makers, and inspire travellers to think about planning their next short break in Port Stephens” Mr MacDonald said.

The video is one of four videos selected as a winning entry in the ‘What I Love About Holidays in NSW’ campaign. Another four photo entries were also crowned winners. All eight winners will receive a Canon camera worth almost $1,000.

The video will now be featured in a series of eight short films, which will be curated by the NSW Government tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. 

Minster for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the films will promote NSW as a holiday and short break destination, and will feature widely in online and social media channels as part of the final phase of the campaign.

“The exposure that will follow, in this last phase of the campaign, will be welcome news for tourism operators and businesses in Port Stephens” Mr Marshall said.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring the visitor economy in our rural and regional areas continues to grow, and that every part of NSW reaps the rewards of our record investment in the sector.”

In 2016 rural and regional NSW welcomed 58.9 million visitors, an increase of more than seven per cent on the year prior. Together, those visitors injected $15 billion into local regional economies across NSW, which again was up 5.8 per cent on 2015.

To view the winning images, videos and the final curated short films, go to 

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