Regional Tourism Convention of Australia lures record number of attendees

 Thursday, January 3, 2019 


Taking place in the Tweed this week, the rising number of attendees for the 2018 convention shows a nation-wide trend towards greater inclination in boosting the regional tourism sector of Australia.


In recent years, the industry has highlighted the significance of constant professional development and learning, with more than 181 delegates participating from all levels of government, regional tourism organizations, tourism professionals and businesses.


Over 40 speakers have been heading the sessions on hot topics for the industry like the way to increase regional dispersion of visitors out of capital cities and into regional areas, Indigenous tourism, agritourism, technological advancement and the future of visitor information centres in Australia.


Agritourism and the opportunities it attracts to regional communities is soaring on the agenda with ART releasing Australia’s first National look at the state lately and opportunities that agritourism brings to regional areas.


“With drought-stricken farmers struggling and generational farms looking at closing, tourism provides a real opportunity for the industry to diversify and survive,” said ART Chair Simon McArthur.


“For many, tourism provides the difference between being open or selling. The more farms that survive, the more regional communities survive. ART plays a critical role in driving real change for this important sector to grow and thrive in our communities.”


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