Minister for Sport
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events
The Honourable Stuart Ayres MP is the New
South Wales (NSW) Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport.
Stuart was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly on June 19, 2010 representing the outer western Sydney electorate of Penrith.
Stuart was elevated to the NSW Ministry in December 2013 as Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney.
In April 2014, Stuart had the Sport and Recreation portfolio added to his area of responsibility and in May 2014 became Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
Following the March 2015 State election, Stuart became Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and retained Minister for Sport.
His dynamic leadership is driving the NSW Government towards achieving its goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure in NSW by 2020. Stuart has Ministerial responsibility for the State’s tourism body Destination NSW and is passionate about leveraging Sydney’s branding for international competitive advantage.
Stuart’s brief tenure in these roles has already seen successful visits to Sydney by English Premier League giants Chelsea and Tottenham. 20 per cent of tickets sold to each of these games were from interstate or overseas visitors. Stuart has also overseen the successful delivery of Vivid, which, in 2015, attracted a record 1.7 million visitors - an increase of 19 per cent on the year prior. Over 26,000 international travel packages were sold.
Sydney is Australia’s home of live performance and first run musicals. Stuart helped secure the highly coveted Australian premiere of Disney’s blockbuster musical, Aladdin, along with The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical.