Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said two major conferences to be held locally this year will benefit from the NSW Government’s Regional Business Event Development Fund, which aims to attract more business event visitors into rural and regional areas.
Mr Fraser said the Fund is part of the $6 million NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan and provides investment in the regional visitor economy on a matched-dollar-for-dollar basis.
The Australian Festival Industry Conference in September receives $10,000 and the Australasian Hepatology Association Biennial Conference in October receives $15,000.
Both will be held at Opal Cove Resort, which is preparing to host as many as 400 attendees.
“We are constantly looking to attract great conferences to our spectacular part of NSW, and I am delighted to see these two events being staged in our city will benefit in this way,” Mr Fraser said.
“The regional conferencing sector presents a significant growth opportunity for our region, because we know that events generate extra business for our restaurants, attractions and accommodation providers, all driving the local economy and creating jobs.
“We look forward to welcoming first-time and returning visitors to our region for these events, which will help to spread the word about our fantastic business event capabilities.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the conferencing industry is currently worth $173 million in overnight visitor expenditure to rural and regional NSW, with the NSW Government working hard to grow the number even further.
“From the bush to the coast, we want everyone to know that NSW offers delegates a great opportunity to do business, which is why we created the Regional Business Event Development Fund, to drive even more investment in our local communities,” Mr Marshall said.
“Since launching the Regional Conferencing Strategy Action Plan, we have assisted and secured events that will welcome over 18,000 delegates into regional areas and NSW Government is committed to maintaining this momentum.”
The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is managed and administered by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. For more information on the Fund, go to www.meetinnsw.com.au