Major Changes To North Coast Regional Tourism Management Announced By The Minister For Tourism Trade And Events
Major changes and increased funding for a new Destination NSW regional tourism structure were today welcomed by the North Coast Destination Network Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky.
”The current RTO will be wound up to make way for a new Destination North Coast Network, one of six new state-wide networks in a $43 million restructure, “ she said.
“The best news is DNSW’s increased financial and resource commitment to regional and rural tourism as the organisation remains focused on doubling overnight visitor expenditure into the regions by 2020. The review has addressed all the major issues that were impacting on the ability for the regional body to perform its key role.”
“Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government will invest $43 million over four years in this major overhaul to be overseen by a new Regional Tourism Division at DNSW’s Sydney headquarters.
“New Destination North Coast Network staff appointments will follow appointment of a new Destination Network Board, with the new Network to be established by end 2016
“The new network team will likely comprise a General Manager, Business Development Manager and administrative assistant in a central location yet to be announced.
“The DN’s key role will be industry engagement and development, training and education, review of RVEF funding and collaboration with DNSW on industry and marketing activities“The new Destination North Coast Network will embrace from the Mid Coast to the Tweed including Lord Howe Island.
“This restructure is the result of a review into regional tourism, it’s funding and operations initiated in mid 2015.
“Our RTO with Local Government and tourism industry representatives contributed to the review and are very pleased that a good number of recommendations have been encompassed into the restructure.
“We were particularly keen to see the funding model changed and this has been achieved with a stronger and simpler financial plan committed to marketing our destinations and stable funding for the new Destination Network, “ said Ms Novicky.