"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 --

"Corporates ... are looking for ways to bond and really download and relax a little bit. When they come to the regional areas, it is a slower pace here. We don’t rely as much on technology, so coming to a regional area, I do find that teams leave as a tighter group, they’re more relaxed and they’re thinking about their next holiday, rather than the next business meeting they have to go to. They walk away with a renewed energy within a team and themselves ... "

Pip Scott-Allen, International Sales & Marketing Manager, Treetop Adventure Park / Wyong Creek --

"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 --

"Getting up here to Port Stephens was very easy. Got a plane direct flight into Newcastle and then a little half hour drive from the Airport up here to Port Stephens."

-- Rodney Rawley, Richmond Wheel & Castor Co / Port Stephens --

"Coming to a conference here in Regional NSW is like a holiday - the weather's perfect, the people are great, and it's been a thoroughly enjoyable experience"

-- Australian Wagyu Conference 2017 delegate / Albury --

"There are so many positives for delegates to hold conferences in regional NSW ...they get to escape the city and see Australia at it's absolute best, get in touch with our native wildlife, get away from the skyscrapers and big buildings...."

-- Dan Rumsey, Australian Reptile Park / Central Coast --

"An eye opener from all these people who came from all over Australia, everything was so accessible. Once they got to town they didn’t transport."

-- Paul Britton, Barbershop Harmony Convention Australia / Newcastle --

"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 --

"Regional areas do have great coffee, they have great shops, they have great galleries, and really great venues"

-- Founder, NSW Regional Events Conference / Wagga Wagga --

"When people walk away, not only have they learnt something at the conference, but they've also visited a place that is quite unique, where the mountains meet the sea, and they get to just move around in the freedom of being in a regional area"

-- Denise Knight, Mayor of Coffs Harbour / Coffs Harbour --

"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 --