What does Coffs Harbour have in common with Dubai, Rotterdam, Philadelphia and Jinju City?
For one thing, it hosts plenty of international, national and regional events and community festivals.
That put Coffs on the world stage a couple of months ago when it won an International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event City Award.
Events like Rally Australia, the Touch Football World Cup, the Saltwater Freshwater Festival, the Offshore Superboat Championship, the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge and the International Buskers and Comedy Festival are responsible for attracting a good proportion of the 800,000 annual visitors to the city and surrounds.
The number and variety of events and festivals prompted Destination NSW to work with the City Council and State Government to put together a detailed bid for consideration at the IFEA 60th Anniversary Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona, in September.
"Of all the awards the city and council have won, this has to be the most prestigious," Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said.
"This award is fantastic - and global - recognition for the amazing work this community achieves by working together to attract and successfully run a huge range of major events and community festivals.
"The partnership we have with the business - and wider community - as well as our event partners and the support it provides is critical to the success of the events we host. This is truly an award for the whole city."
Sydney and Newcastle were also winners at the September 22 function, giving NSW three of the eight award recipients.
If you'd like to check out the impressive 77-page Coffs Harbour submission, you can download the PDF here (note: as this is a relatively large PDF it might take several minutes to fully download).