News & Testimonials

Read what delegates are saying about their regional conferencing experiences:

"You feel like you’re a very long way away from anything. Getting a lot of people out of their comfort zones, that feeling of escapism and being in the middle of nowhere is … you can’t beat that."

Sarah Craddock, Member Engagement Manager, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia / Blue Mountains --

"The conference facilities here are brilliant! I mean what a view of the river, and you’re right down in the middle of town, and walking distance from everyone, it’s perfect!. Port Macquarie Airport is a very big airport, so there’s no problem for people to get here. We’ve got Delegates not only from all over Australia, but we’ve got Delegates from France, Switzerland and Hong Kong."

Cheyne Flanagan, Clinical Director, Port Macquarie Koala Hospital / Port Macquarie --

"Regional NSW has got the best food and wine experience in the country. I love to show off the local oysters in this region."

-- Luke Cameron, Little Beach Boathouse / Port Stephens --

"It's kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity, to come to a place like this, flying in, you fly over these amazing vistas of deserts and creeks and rivers and streams and things that you just don't see"

-- Jessica Price-Purnell, Chair of The Young Nationals NSW / Broken Hill --

"The extra things that a regional conference can bring in terms of participant experience is really a chance to explore that local culture"

-- Phil Wishart, Principal Advisor, Major Sport Events, Office of Sport --


Regional Conferencing News

Regional conferencing strategy driving business to rural NSW communities

15 November 2018

The NSW Government’s regional conferencing strategy is paying huge dividends, driving more business events and visitors to rural and regional NSW than ever before, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall announced today.

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More business for rural and regional NSW

12 April 2018

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.

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NSW Announces first regional partnership with Meetings and Events Australia

22 February 2018

The NSW Government has today announced a partnership with Australia’s peak industry body for business events, Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), to support aspiring event managers living in rural and regional NSW get a head start in their careers.

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Regional NSW to shine at Australia’s largest meetings and events’ exhibition

19 February 2018

More than 4,000 event suppliers and planners will be enticed by regional NSW’s conferencing destinations, meeting facilities and suppliers when they attend Australia’s leading business events exhibition this week.

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Bringing business to rural and regional NSW

4 August 2017

The NSW Government has today delivered on a key election commitment with the release of the NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy & Action Plan, which will drive more business events and visitors to rural and regional NSW.

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Destination NSW appoints new Manager, Regional Conferencing

27 June 2017

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase announced today the appointment of Ms Helen Parker to the position of Manager, Regional Conferencing.

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