In March 2017 more than 200 tourism delegates descended on the Manning Entertainment Centre in Taree. Attending that conference were three councillors from Eurobodalla Council. LGNSW President Keith Rhoades addressed the conference saying regional and rural tourism injected $14.4 billion into the state’s economy each year, accounting for around 84,600 jobs in rural and regional NSW. “NSW’s cities are known worldwide, but our regions are increasingly carving out their own tourism identities based on pristine environments, rich natural and cultural heritage, and magnificent food and wine offerings,” Clr Rhoades said. “As a key enabler and driver of local tourism, local government works closely with operators, government and key agencies such as the Office of Environment and Heritage and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.” “In NSW there is a strong demand for reliable, up-to-date information on accessible tourism opportunities, and the ageing population means the demand will only grow,” Clr Rhoades said. “That’s why it is so important to make real progress now. “Councils are already playing a critical role in supporting inclusive local tourism, and LGNSW is delighted to work collaboratively with the State Government to accelerate this work.” At a local level Eurobodalla Council is now promoting an Inclusive Tourism forum to be held on Tuesday 1 August 2017, 8am - 9am at Corrigans Cove, 204 Beach Rd, Batehaven
The preamble for the forum offers:
One in every five Australians identifies as having a disability.
Eighty eight per cent take a holiday every year, injecting $8 billion into the travel industry.
A further 15 per cent of Australia’s population is aged 65 or over.
These forums are part of a series of morning networking events across regional NSW which focus on inclusive tourism.
NSW Business Chamber
Local Government NSW
The compelling economic opportunities for inclusive tourism
How businesses and councils can take advantage of the emerging market for accessible travel and recreation
Small changes businesses can make to enhance accessibility and increase profits
Providing the best possible customer service
Uploading the right information to digital tourism databases
Understanding older people, people with disability, their families and carers as consumers
This is a free event however bookings are essential. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, email LGNSW's Senior Policy Officer - Disability inclusion