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ARTN Convention Register for the day and save $125

2017 Australian Regional Tourism Convention

Monday 23 - Thursday 26 October 2017, Canberra ACT


The ARTN Board invites local government representatives, regional tourism organisations, tourism operators and all sectors of the industry to register at the reduced day-rate of $350* per person per day on Tuesday 24th and/or Wednesday 25th and/or Thursday 26th of October, 2017.



Come along on Tuesday to hear from:

  • Dan Williams, Austrade [Topic: Regional Toursim in 2030 - a vision from Austrade]
  • Simon Pomfret, DBM Consultants and Lucy White, ARTN Board [Topic: Do you know what local government dœs and how much is spent on tourism? Findings and implications of Australia’s first national benchmarking research]
  • Leonie Pearson, Regional Australia Institute [Topic: In which Australian regions is tourism the main player?]
  • Jonathan Kobus, Visit Canberra [Topic: What you may not know about tourism in the ACT]

You'll also receive morning tea, lunch and admission to a concurrent session of your choice.

  • 'Supporting tour operators from average to awesome' with Tara Wells, Sydney Coast Walks
  • 'Visitor Information Centres - what’s been happening?' with Robert Smethills of Visit Canberra, Naomi Tyson of City of Adelaide and Steve Rosa of Destination Southern Highlands
  • 'ACT region local product case study' with Graeme Shaw, Shaw Vineyard Estate

Make a day of it and register for a field trip during the afternoon and/or a Regional Dinner.


On Wednesday we'll be talking tourism 2030, agritourism, the sharing economy, Aboriginal tourism + more. Speakers include:

  • Huw Phillips, AirBnB [Topic: AirBnB: Providing the solution in regional areas – results and progress]
  • Henry Greenacre, Uber [Topic: The Sharing Economy: Uber and regional cities - a world of opportunity]
  • 'Agritourism – what is it, what can it do for you, what is the ARTN doing to help regions grow it?' Panel: Linda Tillman of the ARTN, Kimberley Pearson of National Farmers Federation and Kate Mathius of Austrade
  • 'Using Bendigo Bank to reinvigorate a tourism region' with Mary Mathias of Bungendore and Nick Fry of Bendigo Bank
  • Rebecca White, Tourism eSchool [Topic: Re-imagining visitor servicing toward 2030]
  • Carlita Warren, NRMA [Topic: NRMAs role in regional tourism infrastructure]
  • Sandra Chipchase, Destination NSW [Topic: Restructuring tourism – Introducing our new model for NSW – Destination Networks]

You'll receive lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and get to pick one of the following concurrent sessions:

  • 'Building a sustainable VIC: How to actively drive regional demand through strategic visitor servicing' with Rebecca White and Paige Rowett of Tourism eSchool (workshop)
  • 'Indigenous Tourism' with Renata Lowe of Tourism Western Australia, Jacinta Outlaw of Simon McArthur and Associates and Shannon Mallison of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • 'Sectors under recognised in regional areas' with Ross MacDiarmid of the Royal Australian Mint, Garry O’Dell of the University of Newcastle and Michæl Huxley


On Thursday we'll address the challenges regions face when it comes to air access and cruising, and be inspired by the journey of local tourism operators. Sessions include:

  • 'Getting air access to take off' with Stephen Byron of Canberra Airport, Lisa Mangelsdorf of Albury Airport and Karl Flowers from Broome
  • Bradley Spalding, Wild Brumby Schnapps 
  • Renee Osterloh, National Zoo and Aquarium / Jamala Wildlife Lodge
  • You'll also receive morning tea, lunch and admission to a concurrent session of your choice.
  • 'Accessible/Inclusive Tourism' with Bronwyn White of, Donna Rygate of Local Government NSW and John Kenwright of Parks Victoria
  • 'Cruising to regional growth' with Mark Sleigh of Destination Wollongong, Pierre Gregor of Tourism Kangaroo Island and Natalie Godward of Cruise Eden
  • 'Storytelling' with John Pastorelli

If you'd like to take part in the Farewell Dinner at the National Arboretum, we'd love for you to register and bring a friend! Tickets are $150pp.

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