ANDERSON WELCOMES $300,000 BOOST FOR BUSINESS EVENTS

Following the success of the NSW Regional Conferencing Development Grants Pilot Program, the NSW Government has committed a further $300,000 to attract and create more business events across the State. 
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said staging business events is a great way to showcase the region’s conferencing facilities and array of tourism offerings while encouraging repeat visitation. 
“The business events sector presents a significant growth opportunity for towns like Gunnedah, Tamworth and Walcha, with conferences and meetings bringing additional business to local restaurants, cafés, venues, attractions, and accommodation providers,” Mr Anderson said. 
“The additional $300,000 is fantastic news for those conference planners wanting support with venue hire, event marketing or developing pre and post event touring opportunities to encourage longer stays in our region. 
“The more overnight visitors we can encourage to our region, the more it means for jobs and boosted local economies, so I encourage business events to apply soon for this great NSW Government opportunity.”
Since the launch of the Pilot Program in August 2017 there has been an overwhelming response from the industry, and 12 successful business events have already received grants of up to $65,000.
It’s anticipated that the 4,600 delegates who are expected to attend the 12 events already funded by the Program, will inject around $2 million into rural and regional communities across NSW.
The Regional Conferencing Development Grants Program is managed and administered by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and provides funding on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply for grants before 30 June 2018. 
For more information on the NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan, including the Grants Program, go to www.meetinnsw.com.au 

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