Media release: Parkes to host local government tourism conference

26 October 2017

Parkes Shire Council has been selected from eight council areas to host the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Tourism Conference in March next year.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said the annual conference provides a real opportunity to showcase the vital contributions that NSW councils make towards our state’s tourism industry.

“The conference, which moves around the State to boost local economies, helps to build the expertise of local government tourism staff and councillors,” Clr Rhoades said.

“Virtually all aspects of tourism involve councils.

“This is why the conference is especially relevant, as it’s important to make sure local tourism strategies continue to evolve and be as dynamic as the industry itself.

“Tourism contributes more than $37.1 billion to the NSW economy and generates 269,600 jobs.

“A healthy 36 per cent of tourism businesses in the State are in regional NSW.”

Clr Keith Rhoades said Parkes demonstrated it was well-placed to host the conference next year.

“When choosing a host, councils are rated on nine factors, including affordability, ease of travel and transport, available accommodation, tourism opportunities in the region and the initiatives and ideas put forward by each council.

“Parkes has excellent museums, the award-winning Elvis Festival, art and heritage as well as the area’s major national tourist attraction, the CSIRO Observatory, affectionately known as ‘the Dish’,” he said.

The LGNSW conference is sponsored by Destination NSW and will be held from 12-14 March at Parkes Leagues Club.


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