Destination NSW (DNSW) is a NSW Government statutory authority with responsibility for devising and implementing strategies to grow the visitor economy, with particular focus on driving tourism and acquiring and developing major sporting and cultural events for Sydney and regional New South Wales (NSW). In addition, DNSW is the major investor in Business Events Sydney with the aim to secure more international conventions, incentive travel reward programs, corporate events and exhibitions for Sydney and regional NSW.
To make Sydney and NSW one of the world’s most successful tourism and events destinations.
To double visitor expenditure by 2020 and maximise the benefits of the visitor economy for NSW.
Our Strategic Objectives
- Achieve visitor economy 2020 targets
- Position DNSW / Sydney & NSW as Australia’s premier tourist and events destination
- Develop the strongest and most compelling events calendar in Australia
- Increase industry stakeholder and customer engagement
- Deliver value in our partnership/co-operative programs
- Attract and retain the best staff and build staff capacity and capabilities
DNSW’s divisional responsibilities include the functions formerly carried out by Tourism NSW, Events NSW and the Homebush Motor Racing Authority.
The organisation works in conjunction with existing bodies such as Business Events Sydney and Regional Tourism Organisations and will implement the approved strategies developed by the
Visitor Economy Taskforce.
The DNSW Board is accountable for the operations of the organisation and the strategies, plans and actions which are implemented to achieve its goals.
The Board has an independent Chair and includes the Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW; the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services; and industry representatives with relevant skills and experience in tourism and events.
Because the organisation controls substantial assets and public funds of over $400 million the NSW Government retains the power to direct the board on strategic issues; including implementation of strategies developed by the Visitor Economy Taskforce.
The Minister can appoint the Board of Management and remove members.
The CEO manages and controls the agency’s affairs as directed in accordance with the Board’s approval, policies and directives.