National tourism conference kicks off in Newcastle


The Australian Regional Tourism (ART) convention is kicking off today in Newcastle with more than 230 representatives from across the country travelling to the city for the annual conference.

October is shaping up to deliver a major economic boom thanks to City of Newcastle’s strategic partnerships, with the ART convention one of 11 major business events being hosted in Newcastle this month, which will see more than 2,800 delegates inject over $3.5 million into the local economy.

Major events and business tourism are key elements of City of Newcastle’s Destination Management Plan, as primary drivers of the local visitor economy,” said Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes..

“Newcastle offers broad appeal as a host destination for large-scale business events, with world-class conferencing and meeting facilities as well as a range of quality accommodation options including luxury hotels.”

The Australian Regional Tourism convention program will discuss everything from the latest trends in tourism and travel data to the opportunities in tourism driven by accessibility, sustainability, wellness, business and artificial intelligence.

“The conference is a wonderful chance to learn from the experiences of our colleagues in this sector, expand our networks and showcase just what our city has to offer including our incredible local tourism operators and business events venues,” said Georgia Lazzari, City of Newcastle’s destination & economy manager.

Australian Regional Tourism chair Coralie Bell said the convention presents an exciting opportunity to highlight Newcastle’s development as a tourism destination of choice.

“We are thrilled to be working with the City of Newcastle to deliver the 2023 Australian Regional Tourism Convention,” Bell said.

“Newcastle is renowned for its innovative and creative community and vibrant cultural history, whilst its evolution as an events city has stepped up a notch recently with various major events being secured. This is all integral to the shaping of a thriving visitor economy.”