Regional Tourism Going Strong In Port Macquarie

Regional Tourism Going Strong In Port Macquarie

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams MP today said successful events in Port Macquarie are helping drive regional tourism across NSW.

“Tourism is going from strength to strength in Regional NSW with the highest absolute growth in visitors recorded across regional Australia, up by 1.2 million visitors and 4.5 million nights,” Mrs Williams MP said.

“A total of 20.4 million visitors, an increase of 6.4 per cent of visitors made the choice to spend time in the stellar beauty and unique attractions of our regions, and further work to turbo charge regional tourism will see this trend continue.

“The Port Macquarie electorate has been a great part of that growth with events including Ironman Australia and Tastings on Hastings, just this past weekend.

“The NSW Government’s $43 million investment across the next four years will revolutionise the way regional and rural areas attract visitors, including the creation of dedicated Destination Networks across NSW.

“We’ve also expanded the Regional Flagship Events Program with a total of $6 million in funding over four years, and a new Regional Tourism Fund for marketing and product development is set to launch soon,” Mrs Williams MP said.

“Through Destination NSW we are driving visitation and support for the regions through a robust calendar of events, marketing regional destinations across Australia and the world and establishing industry partnerships with the likes of airlines and accommodation providers.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said there had been an exciting response to the Board positions for the Destination Networks with more than 600 applications received.

“The overwhelming response from industry is a real vote of confidence that NSW needs this new tourism structure and appointments are on track to be complete by the end of this year,” Mr Ayres said.

“Destination NSW is continuing to work hard to promote the incredible regions through supporting events and promoting our regions throughout Australia and the World.”

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