Newcastle will host the 2023 Australian Regional Tourism Convention on October 10–12, with more than 250 delegates expected to attend.
“We are thrilled to be working with the City of Newcastle to deliver the 2023 Australian Regional Tourism Convention,” said Coralie Bell, Australian Regional Tourism Chair.
“The City’s evolution as an events city has stepped up a notch recently with various major events being secured, providing immediate and ongoing benefit for the community and the economy, with greater visitation and investment outcomes. This is all integral to the shaping of a thriving visitor economy.”
NSW Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin welcomed the announcement, saying it was a privilege for the state to host this industry event.
“We are committed to making NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific by 2030, and securing strategic industry events as part of our regional conferencing program will grow our capacity to achieve that ambition,” Franklin said.
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the conference will provide another boost to the city’s economy.
“This is welcome news for our city with large-scale business events proven to be a significant contributor to Newcastle’s visitor economy,” Nelmes said.
“Securing the bid to host the 2023 Australian Regional Tourism Convention against other destinations is a testament to our city’s world-class facilities and amenity and is indicative of a thriving economy.
“Newcastle continues to shine as a destination and we look forward to welcoming the 250-plus delegates in October and showcasing our city’s diverse offering including its rich heritage, spectacular coastline and vibrant nightlife.”