Beach Hop named finalist for best event award 12 September 2017 The Beach Hop has been going from strength to strength and now the New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) has declared this year's Hop a finalist for the Best National Event of the Year award. (Classic cars on display at Beach Hop. Photo: Bartley Internet and Graphics) Repco Beach Hop '17 was based in Whangamata in March and attracted about 100,000 people over the course of the five-day event, generating more than $7M for the local economy. Beach Hop is a nostalgia festival celebrating the '50s and '60s with a turbo-charged dose of classic cars. It's free to attend and classic car owners pay a fee to include their vehicle in the car shows, parade and cruises. "I love the Beach Hop," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. "It's a fantastic event that ticks every box." The NZEA judges noted this year the high calibre of entries across the board and the sheer breadth of diversity in the events industry. Beach Hop spokesperson Noddy Watts says the whole community gets behind the event, either to attend, participate, volunteer or promote it. "To be recognised at this level is a real honour and we thank everyone involved with Repco Beach Hop 17," says Mr Watts. "This is for our crew, sponsors, entrants, entertainers, suppliers and TCDC, Smart Environmental and the fire service who went beyond the call of duty to clean up Whangamata after the devastating floods just days before the festival." Over the years, the Beach Hop has raised more than $500,000 for local emergency services. With the influx of visitors every year, community groups have been able to fundraise tens of thousands of dollars. The winner of the Best National Event Award will be announced on 11 October at the NZEA gala awards evening. Vote for the Beach Hop here. Whitianga summer concert sold out The Summer Concert Tour 2018 featuring George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Alanis Morissette and Colin Hay of Men at Work fame has sold out all three dates, including 28 January in Whitianga. The other two dates are Queenstown on 20 January and Taupo on 27 January. For those who due to unforeseen circumstances may need to sell their concert tickets, Greenstone Entertainment has established a ticket exchange forum on Facebook.