Insights Newsletter

1 November 2011

Tourism and Events Industry News

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Issue Articles
24 November 2023 Summertime calls for dancing in the streets
Earthcheck’s new carbon calculators
2024 Golden Guitar Awards nominees announced
Social impact specialist joins BESydney team
SECCA cultural hub opens to the public
First Nations artworks for the Blue Mountains
Refreshed plan for Tweed Shire Council
Countdown to 2024 Mudgee Classic
Sydney Metro breaks records
Workshop to help sell experiences online
Surge in cruise spending
Youth Tourism NSW’s annual general meeting
Book your full motion simulator adventure now
Goulburn Hockey Championships returns
17 November 2023 Destination NSW restarts international roadshows
NSW Wine of the Year announced
Getting more NSW wine on lists
Dazzling program for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Local council guide to safely hosting LGBTQ+ events
Destination NSW hosts EV webinar
Visitor arrivals surge by 213,000
Destination NSW agritourism webinar
CSIRO predicts agritourism boom
NSW Caravan & Camping Industry Awards
New Vivid Sydney curator announced
Great Southern Nights sneak peak
Sydney hosts 2023 ARIA Awards
The world’s number one bar
Best restaurants in Sydney & regional NSW
New Creative Australia research reports
Google Maps Indoor live at Sydney Airport
New flying art plane for Qantas
Share your news with Destination NSW
New fleet and equipment for flood emergencies
Cricket fans to enjoy extended trading hours for finals
Final piece in state’s sealed highway puzzle
New NSW coastal design guidelines
10 November 2023 Celebrating 2023 NSW Tourism Awards winners
China recovery fuelled by two new routes
New visas to grow Chinese market
Trans-Tasman route heats up
Have your say on live music in NSW
Singapore Airlines adds fifth daily service
Funding for First Nations tourism
Destination NSW hosts Dreamtime famil
Global accolade for Orange wine
Biennale of Sydney program announced
Register for ‘Sell online” workshops
Inbound strategy workshops
Caravan industry to focus on accessibility
Airport flyover named after trailblazer
Mardi Gras event program launches
Mountain biking experience for Eden
Elevating gastronomy tourism
Enter the Banksia Sustainability Awards
NSW sustainability finalists announced
New food for Western Sydney stadiums
Accolade for Vivid Sydney
ATEC annual awards
NSW charts new course for volunteering across the state
Global sustainability tourism summit
Funding available for surf club upgrades
Major changes to small business procurement
3 November 2023 Destination NSW secures bumper November events line-up
Chinese visitor market rebounds strongly
Qantas resumes Shanghai flights
Disney Cruise Line debuts in Sydney
Australian Cruise Association annual report celebrates triumphant year
Support to attend ATE 2024
Destination NSW heads to Meeting Place
Register for ‘Sell Online’ workshops
Inbound strategy workshops
IVS results released for August 2023
NVS results released for August 2023
New Sydney Waterfront Charter
BESydney results return to 2019 levels
APAC hotel recovery accelerates
New Managing Director for MusicNSW
NSW plays a starring role in film & TV
Sydney steals the show in Hollywood films
Recreational Fishing Trust grants
EV charging grants for regional NSW
Supersized Supercars season opener
Central Coast Green Destination accolade
New look for Sydney Airport volunteers
AHA celebrates best NSW hotels
Secretary appointed to lead NSW Department of Customer Service
Great Koala National Park update
Hawkesbury-Nepean $200 million flood roads upgrades
Focus on prevention to reduce risk to life during floods
Disaster assistance extended to the Clarence Valley
New metro station at Waterloo nears completion
Funding boost to bridge walking and cycling gaps in Western Sydney
35 Blue Plaques installed across NSW
Education platform for outdoor & adventure public liability insurance
27 October 2023 How the Feel New brand has turbocharged visitor economy growth
Feel New on the Sapphire Coast campaign success
The value of tourism to southern NSW
How vibrancy reforms will boost the NSW 24-hour economy
NSW regional tourism leads the nation
Strong future for hotel market
Good Food Guide names top NSW restaurants
Two NSW wineries in Australia’s top 10
Sydney Opera House celebrates 50 years
Highlights from SXSW Sydney
Register for ‘Sell online’ workshops
Inbound strategy workshops
New Central Park for Sydney
Applications open for CID Pilot Program
Cruise season kicks off in Eden
Bumper NSW season for Princess Cruises
Celebrating Aboriginal culture in Moree
United Cup 2024 groups announced
NSW State of the Beaches report
Association events survey results
NSW Wine welcomes China tariff review
Small business cyber safety
Economic impact of the Royal Easter Show
Newscorp Travel Trend Forecast
NSW wins at awards
Service NSW business bureau opens
Aboriginal business roundtable goes international
Virgin named Australia’s most trusted travel brand
NSW Triple-A rating reaffirmed
New Infrastructure NSW chief executive appointed
New Qantaslink CEO appointed
Change in leadership at Australian Regional Tourism
Disaster assistance for Kempsey, Mid-Coast and Port Macquarie Hastings
Recovery centre opens in Kempsey region
Bus taskforce launches white paper for better bus services
Entries open for the National Banksia Sustainability Awards
Zig Zag Railway back on track
AIME expansion announced
20 October 2023 Biggest ever NSW cruise season kicks off
More cruises for Port of Newcastle
NSW cruise revival leads the nation
Destination NSW supports cruise industry
NSW in the spotlight at SXSW Sydney
A-Leagues announces Unite Round
Sydney Opera House anniversary song
First Aboriginal Languages Week
Gadigal railway station for Sydney
Australasia’s best bar revealed
Turning up live music in NSW
September surge for Sydney Airport traffic
Chinese visitor numbers rapidly rise
Register for ‘Sell Online’ workshops
Sustainability skills micro-credentials
Inbound strategy workshops
ATEC online learning for hosts
Coffs Harbour marine park saved
Applications open for ATE 2024
Australian Fashion Week 2024 events
Cheaper public transport on Fridays
Last chance to register for ‘Elevating your culinary experience’ webinar
NSW Regional Development Advisory Council established
Supercharge your small business at a Service NSW business booth
New resource helps NSW prepare for natural disasters
Trade subcommittee tables interim report on international education
$16 million for Crown reserve improvements
Stockton Beach erosion addressed
13 October 2023 The value of SXSW to the NSW visitor economy
Extended trading hours for SXSW Sydney
The Agritourism and fine dining opportunity in NSW
Destination NSW hosts agritourism and culinary experience webinars
Caravan and camping nights hit record high in NSW
The top 10 visited national parks in NSW
Vivid Sydney wins Grand Pinnacle Award
Valuing 50 years of Sydney Opera House
Destination NSW heads to G’Day Australia
Sydney stars in Say G’Day campaign
International arrivals for August 2023
Aviation Green Paper submissions
NSW dining triumphs in TripAdvisor awards
Australian Fashion Laureate winners
Sydney improves sustainability rating
Sustainability skills micro-credentials
Register for ‘Sell Online’ workshops
Destination NSW joins leaders symposium
IMAX reopens at Darling Harbour
Fullerton Hotel Sydney voted No.1
Australian Regional Tourism Convention
Business events boom for Newcastle
Join the Reflections Holiday Parks board
All aboard Redfern Station’s new lifts
Mundi Mundi Bash unveils 2024 line-up
Urban surfing facility for Western Sydney
$64 million for priority riparian repair work
New Australia Cruise Association executives and management appointments
On-grass parking to remain available to Moore Park
Rail Trail awarded Best Regional Project in NSW
Sustainability accreditation for Sofitel Darling Harbour
ICC Sydney’s 100 per cent local approach champions Orange wine producers
W Sydney officially opens
Gamebox attraction for Darling Harbour
29 September 2023 Stellar speakers join Destination NSW Visitor Economy Forum
International Visitor Recovery: NSW leads the nation
The value of Aboriginal tourism to NSW
Business events revival for NSW
New research shows strong comeback for business events
Lakemba receives Purple Flag status
Indian visitor growth surpasses 2019 levels
Chinese tour groups return
Sydney Opera House celebrates 50 years
Oyster artwork for Sydney Opera House
Cirrus wins Australia’s Wine List of the Year
White Bay to host Biennale
NSW Government backs Koori Knockout
NRL celebrates Grand Final Week
Powerhouse Museum Parramatta donation
Regional and remote arts tours
Broken Hill Trades Hall heritage bid
Investing in Sydney koalas
Rex reduces regional network
Deni Ute Muster kicks off
Changes to Byron Bay short-term rentals
Agritourism business guide
$10 million for Aboriginal organisations
$23 million splash for Surf Life Saving
ICC Sydney recognised in national equality program
Queenscliff ready for summer service boost
BeatlesFest 7 Valleys launches
22 September 2023 NSW 2023-24 State Budget shapes the future of the visitor economy
Australians turn to arts and culture
NSW celebrates hotel boom worth billions
The countries driving international arrivals to NSW
Sydney Marathon makes history
Register for Visitor Economy Forum
Counting down to SXSW Sydney
Bushfire tips for businesses
ARIA Awards nominees revealed
Sydney named top city for ‘workation’
Vote for the best pub in NSW
Destination NSW creates youth content
Aboriginal cultural grants
Australian Reptile Park turns 75
Take 3 for the Sea CEO clean up
Australia-China Student Symposium
EOIs extended for Vivid Food 2023
North America director for BESydney
Sydney Airport appoints new CEO
Destination NSW hosts Silversea famil
West Side Story returns to Handa Opera
Supercharging the shift to EVs in NSW
Parramatta Light Rail stage 2 picks up steam
NSW Regional Development Trust Fund
CLIA appoints new Director of Government Affairs in Australia
Blue Plaque for Daniel Gowing at Tathra Wharf
2023 ATEC Awards for Excellence
Registrations open for Rural Women’s Gathering
15 September 2023 Great Southern Nights returns to venues across NSW
Spectator festival for Sydney Marathon
NSW leads internation visitor recovery
Domestic trips & spend rise
World Cup boosts Sydney hotel performance
Vivid Sydney wins top award
NSW events triumph at awards night
EOIs closing for Vivid Food
Register for Visitor Economy Forum
Emirates partners with Destination NSW
Aussies prioritise concerts & travel
International arrivals for July 2023
Say G’Day boosts China arrivals
International student arrivals double
Travel reclaims its share of wallet
Share your news with Destination NSW
New branding & website for BESydney
Sustainable Tourism Partnership
Plans for Great Koala National Park
SXSW Sydney honours 50 years of Hip Hop
Black Mirror creator joins SXSW Sydney
Supporting the future of event management
Keys to Qtopia handed over
TINA stars to perform at NRL Grand Final
Parkes Elvis Festival unveils theme
2023-24 NSW Budget
Sydney’s Accor Stadium grandstand renamed in honour of Cathy Freeman OAM
New emergency fund to prioritise regional road repair
Huskisson wins at tourism awards
Major art and cultural exhibitions to tour the country
Wollongong to roll out e-scooters
New and improved Bay Run
Free tour guide training session
Peppers arrives at Manly Beach
Transport Heritage Expo returns
Penrith hosts annual Real Festival
South Coast Centre of Excellence survey
How to become superyacht crew
8 September 2023 NSW Visitor Economy Forum secures Google leader
Secure your session at the Visitor Economy Forum
Premium New Year’s Eve vantage points now free for public viewing
The value of tourism to Sydney Surrounds North
Aviation green paper open for feedback
SXSW Sydney Screen Festival shorts
Aboriginal small business events
Margan triumphs at Hunter Wine Show
Business confidence jumps in NSW
Consumer confidence rises
Inbound travel boosts economy
Arival conducts travel survey
International student spending surges
Share your news with Destination NSW
Powerhouse Ultimo to be revitalised
ACCI welcomes air service inquiry
Funding to ensure disaster recovery and preparedness
Boring breakthrough for Western Sydney Airport terminal station
New report shows cruise industry environmental progress
1 September 2023 Register now: NSW Visitor Economy Forum - Building Momentum to 2030
NSW lifts COVID-19 cruising protocols
Cruise industry gathers in Wollongong
Port Kembla: A ‘strong option’ for new cruise terminal
CLIA prepares for Cruise360
The value of tourism to Sydney Surrounds South
NSW increases share of international arrivals
Corporate travel demand builds
ICC Sydney doubles economic contribution
Destination NSW Board visits Sapphire Coast
Growth for NSW Visitor Centres
Destination NSW gives sustainability update
Tomaree Coastal Walk officially opens
Skyscanner releases Sydney travel guide
New cultural precinct for Sydney CBD
Supporting the future of event management
New look ARIA Awards in November
Sierra Escape unveils tiny house in Mudgee
Medium business support grant extended to Central West and Southern NSW
Qantas Group removes expiry date on COVID-19 credits
Tacita Dean exhibition for Sydney
SOHO House heads to SXSW Sydney
New electronic fire danger rating signs to keep NSW safer
Registrations open for Norwegian Cruise Line’s Walk for Wellness 2023
25 August 2023 NSW prepares for record cruise season
Shining a spolight on cruising
Destination NSW heads to cruise conference
The value of tourism to Country & Outback NSW
Events boost country and outback visitor economies
‘Feel New in Broken Hill’ campaign success
Women’s World Cup wins for NSW
Platypus named after Aussie icons
New face of sport at Stadium Australia
Sporting legacy for women & girls
Qantas adds more than 250,000 seats
China tops NSW arrivals for July
Rex on top for reliability
Virgin partners with Luxury Escapes
Third transplantation conference for Sydney
Australia Marketplace China 2023
Wristbands & day passes for SXSW Sydney
Outdoor industry position on climate change survey 2023
E-scooters roll into Armidale
Countdown to Manly Jazz begins
2023 Awards of Excellence entries open
18 August 2023 World Cup gives $3billion boost to NSW visitor economy
Sydney lights up for play-off match
Sydney scores second FIFA conference & community tournament
The value of tourism to Central West NSW
New China visitor data released
Overseas arrivals for June
Share your news with us
Qantas unveils ‘Yes’ aircraft
AFTA reveals new name & strategy
Open for Lunch accolade
Caravan park grants hit the spot
Caravan industry ecotourism program
Green Travel Leaders 2023
Sturt’s Steps Touring Route launches
Allianz Stadium concert cap review
ACCC airport monitoring report
World’s most Instagrammed beaches
Manly Scenic Walkway accolade
New Chair for Venues NSW
JT Travels heads to Orange and Mudgee
Events Mentoring Program applications closing
Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway ramp to honour Aboriginal culture
Industry road map guides caravan parks out of insurance hard cycle
Tank Stream Hotel to be rebranded
Work to start on pop-up park at Pyrmont
Motorsport Innovation Precinct for Western Sydney
First Bus Industry Taskforce Report released
2024 NSW Seniors Festival
11 August 2023 Help shape the future of arts and culture in NSW
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 lights up NSW visitor economy
Live screens for fans at Olympic Park
Watershed moment for women’s sport
Chinese tour groups set to return to NSW
Aplications open for UK & Europe Roadshow
G-Flip’s Skyway performance
ATDW trnsformation update
Vivid Sydney finalist in event awards
First Nations Mentoring Program
Sydney CBD retail vacancy recovery
Caravanning July sentiment report
Household spending slows
Pick-your-own farm exemptions
Geotrail experiece for Far West
Global air traffic recovers from COVID-19
WSI flight path information sessions
Direct Newcastle to Narrabri flights
Vintage rail journey to Bathurst 1000
Women’s golf to boost regional economies
ValleyWays Festival returns
New Tourism Autralia board members
New chief executive for LGNSW
Enter the 2023 Sustainability Awards
Kandinski exhibition for Sydney
Sydney studios visit the global heart of digital gaming
Western Sydney tree tech provides 1500 homes for animals
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2024 event applications open
Prestigious gliding event for Narromine
Gone Fishing Day grants
Hyam’s Beach named 10th best in world
4 August 2023 Five-star future for Western Sydney visitor economy
Penrith debuts first luxury hotel
Western Sydney to come alive after five
Have your say on arts and culture in Greater Sydney
First community cabinet for Western Sydney
Powerhouse Parramatta to hold hospitality industry briefing
The value of tourism to the Murray
‘Feel New in the Murray’ campaign success
Sydney lights up for Women’s World Cup
More records broken during World Cup
New board members for BESydney
New national park in outback NSW
Mundi Mundi to break Nutbush record
World Indigenous Peoples Day
Perfect Plate award winners
Logies put Sydney in the spotlight
Shopping tourism insights
Boutique hotels outpace larger rivals
Concerts deliver for Newcastle economy
IVS and NVS results for May 2023
Better business events data on the way
Miss Saigon in final weeks of rehearsal
Grants open for wine and cider producers
Applications open to fund spring holiday break activities
$200,000 in grants to keep NSW seniors connected
2024 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade date and theme revealed
Accommodation Australia holds first board meeting in Canberra
Record attendance for Marketplace India
Swansea Channel dredging begins
Sydenham to Bankstown Metro section confirmed
Rex Airlines adds dedicated Broken Heel Festival 2023 flight
NRL & NRLW Grand Final tickets go on sale
29 July 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand smashes records
P&O celebrates 90 years of Sydney cruising
Visitors boost North Coast economy by $5.5 billion
North Coast’s best tourism businesses revealed
Coffs Harbour’s $747 million tourism bonanza
Regional tourism data released
New SXSW Sydney speakers announced
EOIs open for Vivid Sydney 2024
Destination NSW joins Uptown event
Sydney secures NRL Grant Final
Counting down to Logies 2023
June airline on-time performance
New Sydney Airport forecourt opens
Funding to celebrate first Aboriginal Languages Week
$10 million boost to prepare for bushfire season
$12.5 million in Community Infrastructure Grants open
$9.1 million boost to help flood-affected communities
$7.5 million for tourism workers
Biennale Sydney vision revealed
Tamworth Regional Events Strategy 2023-2030
D’Vine long weekend event
UFC fans get chance to secure tickets
Selwyn Snow Resort reopens
22 July 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup special edition: Football fans flock to NSW
Fans kick on with extended trading hours
Sydney Airport welcomes players and fans
Hotel booking spike in Western Sydney
Game on at FIFA Fan Festival site
Penguins predict Matildas win
Tournament to draw one billion viewers
Lighting up routes to the Cup
Tourism Australia launches Cup campaign
Accommodation Awards winners
New appointees to Venues NSW board
June traffic surge for Sydney Airport
China Eastern resumes direct Nanjing route
‘Indian crown jewel’ in Harris Park
Multicultural festival funding
Boosting Illawarra nightlife
Northern Rivers Rail Trail success
British & Irish Lions head to NSW
Funding for Parramatta projects
Tourism Australia updates Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander reference guide
New Gundungurra Indigenous Tours at Scenic World
Enter the 2023 NSW Sustainability Awards
EV kerbside charging grants to reduce worries
Blue Plaque commemorates Quong Tart
2023 North Coast Tourism Symposium
Somewhere New competition launches
National Youth Championships for Wollongong
14 July 2023 NSW to launch first arts, culture and creative industries policy
Plans to transform Sydney’s western habour
First Nations park design unveiled for Barangaroo
Fastest marathon on record for Sydney
AIME expressions of interest open
NSW caravan and camping boom
Central River City group meets
Fleet upgrade for Virgin Australia
Wallabies take on Argentina
Travellers vote Sydney hotels number one
Chloe Dalton visits Destination NSW
Overseas arrivals to NSW in May 2023
Internation student arrivals rise
Cultural heritage conference for Sydney
Egyptian treasures for Australian Museum
Green vision for Broadway
Kyogle observatory accolade
Penrith to host first community cabinet meeting of 2023
Discretionary spending lower
Regional ramp-up for Uber Eats
NSW Government announces independent gaming reform panel
Australia’s first ai-generated pop-up restaurant to open in Sydney
FlyPelican announces Albury to Canberra service
Bonza cuts routes due to low demand
New date for CLIA Awards
7 July 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to inject $21 million into NSW visitor economy
The ultimate Matildas experience for fans
Stars light up ICC Sydney as it counts down to SXSW Sydney
The economic impact of Sydney WorldPride
Destination NSW celebrates NAIDOC Week
Funding supports NAIDOC Week
Framework to connect with Country
NSW invites China to Come Say G’Day
Taylor Swift’s economic impact
Western Sydney Conference Centre update
Wollongong hosts cruise conference
Sydney Western Harbour transforms
ATEC online learning for hosts
Ultimate NSW winery experiences
Sydney Metro starts tunnelling to WSI
Sydney tour among the best of the best
Newcastle Airport fly through
Tourism Research Australia domestic tourism April 2023 results
South Coast island nature reserve dual named
40th anniversary of Aboriginal land rights
Local elders share cultural burning knowledge
$300 million invested in local suppliers for new Sydney Fish Markets
Accommodation associations officially merge
Australia’s working holiday maker program
Australian Bureau of Statistics seeks feedback to help shape labour market
Former Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO launches Thursday Group
$41 million to improve road safety in the regions
Moama Lights Sound and Light Show cancelled

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