Insights Newsletter

1 November 2011

Insights: Tourism and Events Industry News

Destination NSW’s weekly industry bulletin, Insights, is distributed to more than 4,000 registered contacts across the state. Information on Destination NSW marketing campaigns, events, development opportunities, research and general news within the industry is captured in the bulletin.

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See January - June 2014 editions in the table below.

Previous editions

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Insights July - December 2012  |  Insights January - June 2012

Issue Articles
14 August 2014 Sydney steps up to the plate with baseball success
Rory McIlroy returns to entertain audiences at the 2014 Emirates Australian Open
Art Series goes pop
Hunter Valley in world top 10
Dance music conference makes the right moves
Museum conference to attract communications experts
P&O floatilla to grace NSW harbour city
8 August 2014 Sydney steps up to the plate with baseball success
Rory McIlroy returns to entertain audiences at the 2014 Emirates Australian Open
Art Series goes pop
Hunter Valley in world top 10
Dance music conference makes the right moves
Museum conference to attract communications experts
P&O floatilla to grace NSW harbour city
1 August 2014 Cricket World Cup takes in tourism hot spots
Regional Flagship Events funding now open
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns to thrill visitors with Aida
NSW chefs to showcase Aussie cuisine in Restaurant Australia campaign
$3 million overhaul of Circular Quay wharf
Bennelong restaurant calls for expressions of interest
70th Anniversary of Cowra Breakout
Country NSW expo
Surfest Newcastle
Inland Tourism Awards announced
25 July 2014 Condolences for MH17
Bays transformation has massive tourism potential
Destination NSW partners with HotelClub to showcase Sydney’s winter gems
Lord Howe Island searches for star videographer
Snowy Mountains to host Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships
$100,000 upgrade for Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Centre
20 million visits for Destination NSW’s consumer websites
Tourism Accommodation Australia celebrates the best of NSW
Caravan Industry Association develops local economic benefit calculator
Latest National Visitor Survey results online
Mobile indoor lawn bowls green ready to roll record
Tune into SBS 2 for Port to Port MTB doco
Destination NSW trade events update - New Zealand and USA
Poacher’s Way online magazine
Calling on volunteers for a week of Bingham Cup celebrations
18 July 2014 NSW a foodie’s paradise
Helpmann Awards nominations
World’s largest financial conference comes to Sydney
National Variety Bash heads for NSW
Say hello to koalas in Port Macquarie
Newcastle Eastern University Games wraps up, next stop Wagga Wagga
BridgeClimb launches online experience
New hand rails at Jenolan Caves
Southern Highlands ties the knot
Foosball fun in The Rocks
2014 New Zealand New Product Workshop
Final chance to register for Destination NSW Japan Mission 2014
11 July 2014 Sydney and NSW Australia’s favourite city and state
World class whale watching in NSW
The Rocks Aroma Festival
Tyrannosaurs closes 27 July
MTV and Destination NSW showcase first hand travel accounts in NSW
Season’s first koala joeys arrive
One millionth passenger on Scenic Railway
Destination NSW appoints Group Director, Destination Development
Tourism & Transport Forum appoints new CEO
Royal Randwick joins Bledisloe festivities
Vote for Hunter Valley as one of world’s top wine regions
Peter Kuruvita confirmed for Tastings on the Hastings
Competition to name Sydney’s highest event space
New generation vessel joins Captain Cook Cruises fleet
4 July 2014 Medley of musicals at 14th Annual Helpmann Awards
International hotel groups announce new investment
New accommodation in Sydney’s Centennial Park
NSW grown truffle sets new record
2014 Australian Surf Festival headed for Coffs Harbour
Free guide to help grow NSW tourism
Another number one accolade for Sydney
Royal National Park’s top ten walk
New hotel and improved traffic flow at Sydney Airport
Tropfest Roughcut returns
Partnership to boost south coast tourism
School holiday fun at Sydney Olympic Park
Savannah cabins to boost zoo’s accommodation capacity
Register now for Destination NSW Japan Mission 2014
Survey of Tourist Accommodation to continue
27 June 2014 It’s ON! in NSW this winter
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage Returns to Sydney
Bledisloe Cup Festival returns to Sydney
Australian Badminton Open underway in Sydney
Gearing up for Coates Hire Rally Australia 2014
Aviation performance reports
Game of Thrones Exhibition exclusive to Sydney
P&O Cruises invites Australians to name ships
Legendary Pacific Coast launches new whale trail
19 June 2014 Budget positions tourism and major events for growth
Australian Garden Show to flower once again
Chief Funster finishes Best Job in the World
10-year Cruise Development Plan for NSW underway
NSW celebrates ‘cracker’ State of Origin series win
Vivid Sydney breaks records
Australian Museum to undergo transformation
Vivid Sydney great for business
Landmark hotel approved for convention, exhibition and entertainment hub
Parramatta Park to receive historic level of funding
Massive week of events at Sydney Olympic Park
Philippines-based airline announces Sydney service
Fresh eyes reveal beauty of Royal Botanic Garden
Queen’s Birthday Honours
Registrations open for South East Asia New Product Mission
13 June 2014 $1 billion for regional NSW infrastructure
Pop Art blockbuster for Sydney
Special thanks to Vivid Sydney festival goers
Golf accessible for physically disabled in Aussie-first
It’s snow joke - iceberg ahead for Sydney
Sydney Opera House restaurant tenders
International Visitor Survey results
Surfers, swimmers and skiers benefit from funding
6 June 2014 Vivid Sydney final weekend
Hunter Valley Wine and Food begins
Sydney Film Festival
Peak Festival kicks off winter in the Snowies
Celebrating 59 years of the Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft
Google partnership brings street view to wilderness
Applications for regional tourism funding close soon
Register for NSW Tourism Awards workshop
TA India Travel Mission – registrations closing
2014 Community Building Partnership program opens next week
30 May 2014 Vivid Sydney shines for record 270,000 visitors during opening weekend
Use 3,500 extra train and bus services to Vivid
NSW eclipses all in Gourmet Traveller Awards
Work starts at International Convention Centre Sydney
Inaugural Port to Port MTB
Launch of Sydney Tourism Employment Plan
Blue Mountains hosts welcoming Chinese Visitors Program
New offshore artificial reefs for Sydney
23 May 2014 Lights on at Vivid Sydney
New and free Vivid Sydney digital tools to help light the way during Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney to light up Martin Place for the first time
Robert Pattinson and cast of The Rover join Vivid Ideas
More than 3,500 extra public transport services light the way for Vivid Sydney
Go snowhere else than the NSW Snowy Mountains this ski season
Socceroos bid farewell ahead of World Cup
Sydney hosts Australian Youth Tourism Exchange
Finalists announced for 2014 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards
Central Barangaroo seeks expressions of interest from operators
16 May 2014 One week until Sydney goes vivid
Australian Badminton Open invites world’s best to Sydney
NSWS showcased during ATE14
NCHA futurity launches in Tamworth
Lord Howe #1 island in the world
Last minute regional NSW campaign
NSW tourism fact sheets
New appointments to Tourism Industry Council NSW
Wild! Rhino auction delivers great result for conservation
Last chance to register for welcoming Chinese Visitors Program workshop
12 May 2014
ATE SPECIAL EDITION
NSW on show at ATE14
NSW Australia’s number one destination
Meet the team from Destination NSW’s international offices
It’s on! In Sydney and Regional NSW
ATE14 market profile: USA luxury holiday market
9 May 2014 Sydney secures direct A380 service from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
NSW regional tourism funding now open
Regional NSW showcased in new tourism magazine insert
Destination NSW rallies local chefs and winemakers to support Restaurant Australia Campaign
Inaugural Dungog Festival launched
Battle on the border
Location for South Coast artificial reef revealed
ATE14 international media marketplace
ATE14 trade famils touring NSW
ATE14 market profile: China luxury holiday market
New brand for the Murray region
2 May 2014 International tourism to NSW hits new heights
Vivid ideas new programing for 2014
Celebrating 25 years of the NSW Tourism Awards
Less than one month to go until the Socceroos World Cup farewell match
Taronga Wild! Rhinos gala fundraising auction
World premiere of Tacita Dean’s ‘Event for a Stage’
Sydney nominated in World Travel Awards
Welcoming Chinese Visitors Program
New fact sheet on internet use by visitors to NSW
16 April 2014 Expanded Vivid music program announced for 2014
Regional NSW hosts major events this Easter
Strictly Ballroom the Musical wows audiences in world premiere
Regional NSW awarded by luxury travel magazine
Three more years of Opera on Sydney Harbour
Strong growth continues for NSW tourism
NSW Aboriginal Tour Operators networking workshop
Destination NSW promotes luxury holidays at ATE 2014
 11 April 2014 Sydney, the Travellers’ Choice and favourite of foodies
Sydney and NSW on show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia
NSW strengthens its tourism dominance
Premier launches campaign to drive Chinese tourism to NSW
Sydney Royal Easter Show opens for 2014
John Frost OAM honoured as recipient of prestigious JC Williamson Award
New export ready tourism product workshop
NSWS tourism awards workshops and seminars
Restaurant Australia campaign to showcase NSW food and wine to the world
Welcoming Chinese visitors program
4 April 2014 Lord Howe voted nation’s best holiday island
Pop up holiday park brings leisurely pace to Sydney CBD
Zoo’s new Zoofari Lodge accommodation leads the way
Affordable Asian Cup applauded
Destination NSW wins digital innovation award
Cast your vote now in the 2014 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards
Overseas arrivals and departures
Hunter Expressway opening welcomed by tourism operators
City of Sydney China Connect Workshops
27 March 2014 Destination NSW welcomes new Chair
Major League Baseball success signals NSW’s tourism and major events dominance
Sydney’s winter showcased in major tourism campaign
Asian Cup Australia 2015 final draw
Jamie Oliver at home in the Southern Highlands
New domestic caravan and camping travel to NSW snapshot
More music for Parramatta Park
Welcoming Chinese Visitors Program
Discover Your Career
21 March 2014 Sydney ready for Major League Baseball action
LA Dodgers star celebrates birthday down under
NSW tourism operators to sell NSW to China
Chief Funster racks up almost half a million moments in NSW
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s Madama Butterfly opens tonight
Steaming weekend in Junee
Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia airs Sunday
Sydney International Rowing Regatta
Entries open for 2014 Inland Tourism Awards
12 March 2014 National visitors ring up record growth rates and spend in NSW
A bigger, brighter Vivid Sydney for 2014
Ironman 70.3 returns to Port Macquarie
It’s getting racy at the BMW Sydney Carnival
Record breaking cruise voyage to Newcastle
Three year investment for new film festival in Dungog
Coffs Harbour to remain National Touch Football hub
NSW to host three years of Eastern University Games
PLONK premieres on Network Ten
Seller registrations open for Australian Youth Tourism Exchange
Nominations open for Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards
7 March 2014 Sydney to host Socceroos World Cup farewell match
Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia stars NSW
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to visit NSW
NSW caravan and camping campaign launches for 2014
Dubbo to welcome a train load of visitors for Country City clash
Overseas Passenger Terminal upgrade
Top Gear festival revs up for a big weekend
John Cleese coming to Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Local Government NSW Tourism Conference
New regional Local Government Area profiles
New bushwalking guide to Georges River area of Macarthur
Meriton Serviced Apartments in record growth phase
Update: convict footprints
Vale Trevor Haworth AM
28 February 2014 It’s Strictly Sydney for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical
NSW secures Australian premiere of Matilda The Musical
Sydney’s Major League Baseball makes world’s top 14
International campaign for Legendary Pacific Coast
New adventure tours for Sydney Harbour
Sculpture at Scenic World 2014
QT Sydney and the MCA join forces
Snowy Mountains Tourism benefits from NSW Government funding
Leadership 2014 Summit
Dockside Group business event strategies
Flavours of Autumn in the Highlands
Sydney Harbour YHA named among Lonely Planet’s top hotels
Russell Drysdale bronze monument for West Wyalong
International business events research
21 February 2014 Tickets on sale for Juventus vs A League All Stars
$50 million in events secured for new convention & exhibition centre
Cricket World Cup tickets now on sale
Modern Family touches down in Australia
Additional $1.8 million for Blue Mountains recovery
Newcastle Craft Beer Week
Australian National Maritime Museum unveils new venue
NSW Premier visits Japan and the Philippines
Applications open for NSW crown reserve funding
World Heritage area comes alive
New BIG4 holiday park resort in Wooli
Local Government NSW Tourism Conference
Sydney to Narrabri flights recommence
14 February 2014 Indian tourists encouraged to have a ‘Jhappi Time’ in NSW
NSW dominates Qantas Australian Tourism Awards
Vivid Sydney secures world’s best creative industries events
The Legendary Pacific Coast campaign
Free sydney.com V8 Supercars Test Day
Strong interest in Sydney’s sandstones
Local Government NSW Tourism Conference
Inland Adventure Trail
Bourbon Street Mardi Gras at Island Bar
Mercure Sydney unveils new look
Gosford waterfront to be revitalised
7 February 2014 It’s ON! In Newcastle and the Hunter
Plonk!
Sydney a social media star
Sydney’s new convention and exhibition facilities
$500,000 boost to regional event funding
$16 million to fund recreational fishing projects
NSW Government backs wheelchair basketball
LGNSW Tourism Conference
BIG4 recipe book
First Hand Aboriginal workshops
Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival
Charleston Challenge sets new record
Landscape photography tours
Wine Time Festival
31 January 2014 Bumper major events line up for NSW in 2014
NSW productions dominate 2014 AACTA Awards
Opera House turns China red for Lunar New Year celebrations
King of country ‘Slim Dusty’ statue unveiled in Tamworth
Rhino exhibition inspires efforts to stop poaching
Sydney Marathon granted Silver Label status
Wingham Akoostik Music Festival recognised in Australia Day Awards
Photography tours in the Southern Highlands
Yabun Festival: a celebration of Aboriginal culture
Unique opportunity to engage with two leaders of world tourism
World’s largest hobie regatta sails into history
One year-old pig-nosed turtle and aquarist share birthday at SeaLife
Sydney on the trot for Chinese year of horse
Allphones Arena named 11th top grossing venue in the world
Australian of the Year Awards 2014
24 January 2014 Australia Day 2014: Get set to celebrate in Sydney and NSW
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa named top hotel in Australia
Sydney International Rowing Regatta tickets on sale
Three Sisters declared an Aboriginal place
Meals in the Fields in Port Macquarie’s hinterland
Chinese NBA star Yao Ming shoots hoops with Sydney Kings players
Sydney Tower Eye celebrates Chinese New Year
Regional produce on menu for Long Lunch
Shoalhaven: a right royal destination
Australian Tourism Awards finalists announced
Name change for iconic Sydney Entertainment Centre
Australia Day in the ‘Gong’
$100,000 for Aboriginal regional arts projects
CLIA cruise report highlights Australia’s cruising growth
Explore the Blue Mountains this summer
International trials to determine field for 2014 Surfest
Sporting stars turn out for the Great Australian Swim
17 January 2014 Strictly Sydney
3rd AACTA International Awards winners announced
Celebrate Australia Day 2014 in Sydney and New South Wales
One step closer for the 2014 Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games
Beyond the beach: what’s new in Port Macquarie in 2014
Etihad Airways wins prestigious Air Transport World Award
Funding still accessible for regional operators
New Director, Partnership Programs for Destination NSW
Get into the groove on the Green Music Train
Flavours of summer in the Southern Highlands
New iPad app for the Offical Sydney Guide
Rugby league kicks off in the Illawarra
10 January 2014 Sydney Festival 2014 kicks off
Armidale: hotspot for 2014
Roaring 20s Festival set to make a flap in Blue Mountains
Summer Sunset pop-up bar on Railway Square in time for Sydney Festival
Whole lotta shaking goin’ on!
NSW centre stage at G’Day USA
One year to go for Asian Cup
Sydney set to uncover karaoke sensations
Australia Day on The Rocks
Country comfort food: farmers’ markets at Young
Pambula Annual Show
Putting Sydney on the map
The world’s an oyster for Narooma