Regional NSW: The ideal conference destination
The rest of the State is starting to realise what the Nationals have always known – that there is nowhere better to hold a conference than Regional NSW.
The NSW Government is getting behind our regional centres with the introduction of the $6 million Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan, injecting new funds into this significant growth sector and promoting Regional NSW. Because once city dwellers realise what we have to offer, they’ll keep coming back.
As regional centres diversify, the ability of the events sector to transform communities and regional economies is at the forefront of many community leaders across the NSW.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall launched the new fund in Tamworth, highlighting the unique experience on offer to businesses and associations when they hold Conferences outside the metropolitan basin.
“From the bush to the coast, we want every conference planner to know that regional NSW can offer delegates both an opportunity to do business and the chance to explore our fantastic tourism offerings,” he said.
The business events sector presents a significant growth opportunity for regional destinations, as delegates are able to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to areas they may otherwise have little opportunity to visit. The NSW Government’s strategy also contains information for local business owners on how best capitalise on local conferencing opportunities.
Regional conferencing is an industry that the Party has always supported and embraced. In the past decade alone the Nats have held their Annual and Regional Conferences in Wagga Wagga, Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Southern Highlands, Bathurst, Queanbeyan, Lower Hunter, Tweed Heads, Lismore, Griffith and Broken Hill with upcoming conferences in Cowra and Orange. The impact of our events on the local community is tangible, with our recent Conference in Broken Hill profiled by Destination NSW as an example of the significance of the sector to regional Australia. We were also thrilled to be the first major event in their new Conferencing facility, and know we won’t be the last!
The Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan is already in motion with a Regional Conferencing Unit established within Destination NSW, a website portal and a Regional Conferencing Toolkit now available. A pilot conferencing program is currently operational with half a million dollars set aside for this stage alone.
With funding also set aside for established regional events to expand their abilities and brand under the Flagship Event Fund there has never been a better time to encourage visitors and delegates to our wonderful regional areas.
A copy of the Conferencing plan, can be found here >>>
Information regarding Flagship events funding, can be found here >>>
Information on all the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism initiatives, can be found here >>>