Australian Regional Tourism Convention

Destination Port Stephens is inviting tourism players from around Australia to attend the nation’s premier regional tourism event, the Australian Regional Tourism Convention, which runs from October 20 to 23 in, you guessed it, Port Stephens.

The four-day event will be staged at the Ramada Shoal Bay Resort and draw more than 160 tourism industry representatives from around Australia, boosting the region’s economy by an estimated $240,000, Destination Port Stephens says.

Welcome, business breakfast and farewell events will also be held at Vues Nelson Bay, Oaks Pacific Blue and Ocean View Restaurant in Fingal Bay with delegates spending one day in field trips to Newcastle, Singleton or the Central Coast to learn about tourism programs in those areas.

Australian Regional Tourism Network Chairman, Steve Rosa, said the October convention would address important issues facing the regional tourism industry, with delegates able to better understand their competition and discover successful strategies and programs that have worked in other regions.

“Delegates at the conference will gain research, information and expert advice on how to grow their businesses and they can also network with key players in the industry,” Mr Rosa said. “We invite regional tourism operators from across Australia to join us at this important event.”

The cost for members to attend is a discounted $1210, including morning and afternoon teas, lunches, welcome and farewell receptions and Wednesday’s field trip.

Non-members are looking at paying $1450.

Registration is available at www.regionaltourism.com.au or call the Australian Regional Tourism Network on 02 6953 7433.

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