Australian Regional Tourism has cancelled its annual convention scheduled for October in Ballarat following the continuing restrictions across the nation.
Originally scheduled for October 11-13, the Australian Regional Tourism Convention will now be held in October 2022.
“The decision made to postpone convention was the most sensible one for the safety of not only our staff, but our delegates, speakers, suppliers and sponsors,” said ART Chair Coralie Bell.
“We are honestly devastated at the ongoing impacts of covid on regional Australia and I am personally sad that we won’t be able to gather in person.
“Events are a critical part of bringing people together, from music events to business conferences, the shared experience is intrinsic to who we are as people. The ongoing impacts on this sector and the lasting legacy is yet to be realised.”
The ART Board said it look forward to seeing everyone together again soon.
“Unfortunately, that won’t be until a time when confidence in domestic travel returns and the States work together on closing and opening boarders in a way that results in our country once again being open for business,” said Bell.
ART and the City of Ballarat will continue to work in partnership to ensure the convention will deliver relevant and meaningful content for delegates.
“This decision has obviously not been made lightly, but for all the right reasons,” Ballarat Mayor Daniel Moloney said.
“Tourism is such an important sector to our national recovery and we look forward to welcoming delegates from around Australia to our City in October 2022.”