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October 18, 2017 Conferences No Comments Email Email

The peak body for regional tourism in Australia, the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) has received more than 100 registrations for the annual Australian Regional Tourism Convention, which will be held next Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th of October at QT Canberra.

The four-day event will attract delegates from all states and territories and feature an exciting line-up of more than 40 speakers including the likes of Senator Fiona Nash, Deputy Leader of the Nationals, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Local Government and Territories, Minister for Regional Communities; Carlita Warren of NRMA; Bradley Spalding of Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery and Jonathan Kobus of Visit Canberra to name just a few.

“The calibre of presenters we’ve secured for the 2017 Convention is second to none. We’re delighted to have digital-disruptors, Uber and AirBnB, and many regional case studies being presented” said ARTN Chair, Simon McArthur.

The official proceedings will commence on Monday evening with a Welcome Reception at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre from 6pm. Delegates will experience the best of Canberra as they enjoy field-trips and dinners including the highlight of the networking program, a farewell dinner at the National Arboretum on Thursday night.

In addition to increasing regional dispersal and product development, the key themes to be tabled include agritourism, aboriginal tourism, accessible/inclusive tourism, visitor servicing, air access and cruise tourism.

“The Convention is a fantastic forum in which regional tourism practitioners can exchange ideas, discuss and debate some of the most important issues, challenges and opportunities facing regional tourism” Mr McArthur said.

The Board of the ARTN invite local government representatives, regional and state tourism organisations and all sectors of the Australian tourism industry to contribute to the future of regional tourism by participating in the Convention next week.

Registrations close this Thursday 19th of October. To download the Convention program and registration form please visit:

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