Insights Newsletter July – December 2013

14 January 2014
Issue Articles
20 December 2013 Worldbeaters Juventus coming to Sydney
New airline service from Western China to Sydney
Vivid future for Sydney Film Festival
Milestone for Elm Cottage
Madagascan lemurs enjoy new forest exhibit at Taronga Zoo
Wesley Mission’s urban expeditions
New sanctuary for critically endangered koalas at Symbio Wildlife Park
Tooth fairy cleans up Sydney Aquarium shark teeth
Festive greetings: Destination NSW e-card
New wine festival for Southern Highlands
Christmas carols at Wollongong
Historic waterfront trail launched at Ballina
Riverina’s food and wine: the secret’s out
Singapore Airlines unveils new airport lounge
13 December 2013 NSW leads in latest National Visitor Survey
Western Sydney makes a splash with opening of Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney
Hear me roar: The Lion King opens in Sydney
New Ironman 70.3 Triathlon for Western Sydney
NSW wine and tourism destinations showcased in new series ‘plonk’
Extraordinary US artist Chuck Close secured for NSW exclusive
New heights reached with thrilling canopy safari tour
Hunter Country Tourism launches Facebook campaign
Own your own piece of ‘The House’
Australia’s best skateboarders to battle it out in Newcastle
Construction begins on $2.5 billion transformation of Darling Harbour
ETF secures two new trade exhibitions in China
Time to pay ticket option: 2014 Deni Blues & Roots Festival
New NSW tourist accommodation quarterly snapshot
$5.4 million funding for NSW boating facilities
NSW to host world’s leading museum communications conference
New eco adventure tour at Segway Tours South Coast
6 December 2013 NSW breaks records - still number one for visitors
Qantas aligns with China Southern Airlines
Stephanie Rice named as 2014 Inter Dominion ambassador
AACTA Awards to stay in NSW
Mardi Gras announces dazzling line-up of summer events
Christmas in the sky at Sydney Tower Eye
New ‘Fran’ found for Strictly Ballroom, The Musical
Ferrari Challenge World Circuit races into Sydney
Sydney’s 27th ARIA Awards celebrate Australian music
Devil Ark opens to the public
$2.25 million funding available for regional NSW
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk to headline 10th Vans BOWL-A-RAMAâ„¢ in Bondi
Go west: visitors to boost Western Sydney economy
Etihad Airways crowned ‘Airline of the Year’
V8 Supercar Championship finale at Sydney Olympic Park
It’s ON! In Wollongong
Kangaroo March Centenary Re-enactment launch
100 dishes of the Pacific Coast
Sydney Airport’s new domestic car park opens in time for Christmas
North Coast Holiday Parks Bonny Hills ready for Christmas
29 November 2013 Rory McIlroy arrives for Australian Open of Golf
Tourism forum highlights NSW Government’s support for Blue Mountains
Lorde to perform at 2013 ARIAs
Minister congratulates 2013 NSW Tourism Awards winners
2013 Lithgow Flash Gift Carnival
Sydney 500 V8 Supercars Championships
Taronga’s new gorilla family moves in
North Coast shines at NSW Tourism Awards
Thredbo Rockpool Lodge wins at World Ski Awards
Quarterly market update: international tourism
Qantas announces new business loyalty program
Armidale region holiday attractions
News from Walcha
Making a great harbour experience even better
22 November 2013 New chance for fans to see Diamondbacks and Dodgers in Sydney
NSW wins hat trick at Australian Event Awards
NSW filmmakers lead Tropfest December 2013
World-first T-Rex exhibition exclusive to Sydney’s Australian Museum
Sydney taxis wrapped in the Lion King
Christmas in Sydney
New generation vessel joins Captain Cook Cruises fleet
2014 Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth launches
Caravan and Camping Shows 2014
Sydney Airport to welcome triple daily services from Malaysia
2013-2014 Bed & Breakfast and Farmstay NSW-ACT Accommodation Guide
New alliance: 2015 Asian Cup and Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games
First ever disco on Sydney Harbour Bridge launched for Mardi Gras 2014
Southern Highlands destination management plan
Western China travel trade visit the Southern Highlands
Tourism Australia opens up its Aussie Specialist program to Australian inbound operators
2013 Mullum Music Festival
New tour company unlocks the mystery of the green cauldron
Regional NSW recognised at 2013 Australian Event Awards
15 November 2013 More of Blue Mountains National Park reopened
Sydney welcomes first Qantas indigenous-themed aircraft in more than a decade
Eora symbol of undying love celebrates start of Corroboree Sydney
City of Sydney partners in Corroboree festival
Sydney welcomes Yoko Ono and her art to NSW
Taronga’s wild summer
Surf’s up: celebrity surfers on board for Surfest 2014
2014 Deni Blues & Roots Festival: full line up announced
Radwanska signals return to Sydney
NSW named top destination for wine travel by US-based company, Flipkey
New international appointments for Destination NSW
QT Sydney and Tropfest collaborate
2014 Australian Surf Festival heads to Coffs Harbour
Celebrity comedienne to host NSW Tourism Awards
Register now: Destination NSW and Tourism and Events Queensland Greater China Mission 2014
Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Master Plan released
New National Tourism Forecasts
Breeding success for cheetah in Dubbo
Christmas in the Southern Highlands
Ticket prices announced for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
New fact sheet: Aboriginal Tourism in NSW
Do you produce Australia’s finest food and chocolate’
Tourism Businesses in Australia
7 November 2013 Backing the Blue Mountains: NSW Government delivers post-bushfire tourism boost
NSW Racing Minister congratulates Gai Waterhouse
Exhibition featuring 200 years of American art exclusive to NSW
Major League Baseball player arrives in Sydney for promotional tour
New lead actor for Strictly Ballroom, The Musical
Emirates Wolgan Valley bushfire appeal
Voyager of the Seas returns to Sydney
Sydney.com to feature at Boxing World Title in Macau
Register now: Destination NSW and Tourism and Events Queensland Greater China Mission 2014
New venue for Adventure and Backpacker Industry Conference
Qantas signs on as major partner for Tropfest Australia
2014 host of National Regional Tourism Convention announced
Harvey Weinstein to receive inaugural AACTA international fellowship
Better Homes and Gardens in Griffith
2013 CITI NSW Wine Awards winners
Keep up to date on NSW product news
Magic school holidays and Christmas with Merlin
31 October 2013 Sydney welcomes first Chinese A380 flight into Australia
NSW Government launches major summer tourism campaign
Help fire victims by having a break!
Rally Australia wins world award for environmental excellence
NSW Government supports 19th Biennale of Sydney
ARIA Week returns: November 26 - December
2013 Sculpture in the Vineyards
Christmas and New Year at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Tastes at the Bay
Sandstone buildings set aside to boost tourism
Up and away!
Applications now open for 2014 trade events
2013 Eden Whale Festival: have a whale of a time!
Save the date: ATAS transition workshops
24 October 2013 Blue Mountains welcomes visitors after major threat of bushfires eases
NSW Government supports 2014 Sydney Festival
NSW to host XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championships
Bathurst wins artwork from Sculpture by the Sea
Happy 40th birthday Sydney Opera House!
New Museum and Galleries of NSW website
Get into gear for 2013 Chromefest
Free wi-fi with Captain Cook on Sydney Harbour
Head for Coffs Harbour’s CoastOut 2013
Accor shines a light on Diwali festival
New baby born at Dolphin Marine Magic
18 October 2013 Status report on bushfires in some parts of NSW
NSW Government assistance for bushfire recovery
Rehearsals begin for Sydney production of the Lion King
27th ARIA Awards nominees and fine arts and artisan winners announced
All-star field for Australian Open of Golf at Royal Sydney
2013 Orange Wine Week
Member launches Port to Port Mountain Bike Classic
Revitalisation of Darling Harbour gathers pace: Sydney’s largest hotel to expand
Sydney Opera House 40th anniversary
Wingham Akoostik Festival 18-20 October 2013
Sydney scores another top award
New tourism employment forecast report from Tourism Research Australia
Sydney to host Australian Youth Tourism Exchange (AYTE) in 2014
New lease of life for Sydney’s South Head
Applications open: Destination NSW and Tourism and Events Queensland Greater China Mission 2014
Update on the Survey of Tourist Accommodation
Sydney BoarderX kicks off for first time
Griffith Festival of Gardens
2014 Top Gear Festival tickets now on sale
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium introduces Yoga Under the Sea
Gaia Retreat and Spa receives major honours
Just for Laughs at Sydney Opera House
11 October 2013 Sydney: world’s safest and friendliest city
Launch of 3rd AACTA Awards season
Bollywood superstar in Sydney
Minister launches 2013 It’s ON! in Wollongong campaign
Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award to Emirates Wolgan Valley
Australian Tourism Directions Conference
Destination NSW Board visits Coffs Harbour
2013 NSW Tourism Awards finalists announced
North Coast dominates finalists in 2013 NSW Tourism Awards
Labour Day long weekend beats British & Irish Lions record set for Sydney hotel
Nominations open for Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel
Two new Destinations Visitor Survey reports now available
Registrations open for Tourism Australia’s NSW industry briefing
Applications to attend the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) 2014 closing soon
ABC3 embarks on a marine adventure with BLUE ZOO
4 October 2013 Thousands of extra public transport services ready for International Fleet Review
Sydney the global event destination: harbour city to host United Nations Forum
NRL Grand Final week: Premier lights up Harbour Bridge pylons
Sydney and NSW shine in Restaurant and Catering Awards
Rally Australia returns to Coffs Coast in 2014
Parramasala brings authentic taste of Asia to Western Sydney
Cricket World Cup countdown commences
Tourism in the Blue Mountains to receive $150,000 funding boost
Angelina Jolie to produce Unbroken in NSW
Destination NSW-Qantas agreement launches UK tourism campaign
Racing event planned for Western Sydney
Dive into history at Sydney Olympic Park
NSW popular destination for Middle Eastern tourists
Applications now open for Focus on India event
NSW hosts first Aboriginal Tour Operators Workshop
The Legendary Pacific Coast updates its popular family fun trails
New tourism laws curb group tour practice in Chinese travel agencies
Bridge Climb celebrates 15 years at the top
26 September 2013 Premier welcomes Prince Harry’s visit to Sydney for International Fleet Review
NSW secures another round for V8 Supercar Championship Series
Sydney is a world’s best festival and event city - again
Madame Tussauds Sydney reveals show-stopping new figure of Katy Perry
Record number of entries for Sydney Marathon
Australia’s first Bollywood film star leads Parramasala film program
Spring Carnival time at Royal Randwick
Latest tourism visitation figures now available on Destination NSW website
New South Wales investment opportunities: tourism and property
Legendary Pacific Coast and North Coast finalists: Regional Achievement and Community Awards
Public art opportunities from the City of Sydney
International Fleet Review lightshow spectacular (disability) access viewing arrangements 2013
Sydney Opera House student exchange connects a new generation of Australians with Denmark
Central NSW Tourism expressions of interest: board member vacancies
Australia’s first big roadside icon Ploddy the Dinosaur turns 50
Wollumbin National Park re-opens
Science Centre and Planetarium Wollongong puts on a show
20 September 2013 Sydney Opera House announces full line-up for historic 40th Anniversary Concert
Australia’s newest Indigenous festival launches 2013 program
Member for Upper Hunter launches WUPA@wanaruah
$5,000 boost for Men’s Masters National Hockey Championship
Sculpture by the Sea work to find a home in regional NSW
Families to experience the delights of Asia in Western Sydney
Tourism Australia to invite the world to feast on our food and wine experiences
Matildas invite Chinese Women’s National Team to come waltzing down under
27th Annual ARIA Awards to shine from The Star
Registrations for the Australian Tourism Exchange 2014 now open
New Zealand product workshop
Little penguins find new home at Sealife Sydney Aquarium
Central Coast Tourism benefits from NSW Government funding
Visitor numbers to the North Coast increase
13 September 2013 China overtakes New Zealand as NSW’s largest tourism market
Take off for Newcastle Airport expansion
Sydney revs up for new V8 action
Opera House lottery marks 40th Anniversary celebrations
Global creative industry leaders and practitioners invited to take part in Vivid Ideas 2014
2013 Inter Dominion Carnival a winner for NSW
NRL: Captain’s Call
New Southern NSW food trail launched
Destination NSW appoints new Director, Event Development
New NSW Events Calendar launched
Surge in caravan and camping holidays in NSW
Angelina spotted in Tamworth
New Byron Bay Kombi Tours launch in Byron Bay
The Legendary Pacific Coast launches a new and improved Touring Guide for 2013-14
Regional Flagship Events Program: 2014 funding now open
Showcase your business to the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) 2014 buyers
Sydney Model Railway Exhibition
5 September 2013 NSW tourism now at record levels
Sydney blooms as first Australian Garden Show opens
NSW poised for new era of growth
2013 Parramasala program launch
Blue Mountains: blue ribbon travel destination
Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference: expressions of interest invited
2013 Australian Regional Tourism Network Convention
Save the date
Electronic Music Conference announces first round of speakers and ticket details
Up close and personal at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
100 Years of Our Navy and Jervis Bay
Jetset Travelworld Group ultimate Sydney incentive famil
30 August 2013 Destination NSW welcomes new Air India service to Sydney
NSW aims to increase tourism from South Korea
World first Tyrannosaurus Exhibition for Sydney’s Australian Museum
2013 Australian Golf Open tickets now on sale
500 days to go … Asian Cup countdown is on!
The Sydney premiere of Aakesh Odedra in Rising at Parramatta
Russell Crows about Blue Man Group
Invitation to attend the Sydney Tourism Employment Plan Workshops
Gabrielle Upton appointed to Ministry
Maitland Gaol to launch tour for deaf and hearing impaired
Feasibility study for Casino to Murwillumbah Rail Trail announced
Fathers go for free
North Coast Destination Network: building international visitor numbers
Southern NSW’s top restaurants and caterers shine at 2013 Awards for Excellence
23 August 2013 Madama Butterfly takes wing on Sydney Harbour 2014
Rory McIlroy to play exclusively in Sydney at 2013 Australian Open
NSW tops Lonely Planet’s Australian Travel Adventures list
Just for Laughs line-up announced
Parramasala invites community to dazzle with dynamic parade
Cast announced for the Lion King
2013 Hilltops Annual Wine Dinner secures $10,000 in government funding
Destination NSW South East Asia Trade Mission 2013
Tri-State Walkabout
Wingham Akoostik Music Festival: grab your guitar!
Tickets on sale for Temptation Reloaded
16 August 2013 NSW Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan launched
Free guide offers advice to grow tourism
2013 Kennedy Awards winners
Australian premiere of Blue Man Group in Sydney
International Fleet Review: The historic journey begins
14 days of pure surfing kicks off in Port Macquarie
Glebe Island to be transformed into Australia’s newest exhibition space
Regional aviation service takes off from terminal three
National Wheelchair Rugby Championships roll into Sydney Olympic Park
Asian Century to Hollywood Inspiration: The Event Seminars
NSW Tourism Awards: nominations closing but submissions not due until 2 September
Finalists in the 2013 North Coast Tourism Awards
Share the love on the Legendary Pacific Coast
9 August 2013 Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Strictly Ballroom the Musical’ coming soon to Sydney
Bledisloe Cup Festival bigger and better in 2013
Sydney Festival announces stunning aquatic headline act for 2014
Australian Garden Show Sydney less than a month away
Australian boardriders do battle at Cronulla
Government welcomes Jetstar $1.5 million Newcastle investment
Sydney Opera House recreates historic opening concert
Coffs Harbour to host Touch Football World Cup in 2015
The Green Visitor Economy Conference: registrations now open
Planning underway for major Royal Australian Navy event
Proposed design for new hotel at Darling Harbour released
Fireside Festival secures $20,000 in government funding
Paddington markets launch ‘Hanging Around’ Umbrella Project
2 August 2013 Minister congratulates Helpmann Awards Winners
Bollywood superstar to take Sydney by storm
Cricket’s World Cup coming to NSW in 2015
Sydney and NSW promoted at US Open of Surfing - world’s largest surf lifestyle event
2014 International Children’s Games launched at Lake Macquarie
Sydney.com to feature on Sydney FC jerseys in 2013-14 A-League season
Destination NSW appoints new General Manager
Business Events Sydney first Australian organisation to be accredited by DMAI
Central NSW a must-do adventure for every Australian
2013 Inland NSW Tourism Award Winners announced
2013 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence winners announced
Sydney International Boat Show opens
Australian Garden Show Sydney - book your tickets now
2013 New Zealand New Product Workshops - registration closing 5 August
Blue Man Group opening soon in Sydney - hurry book now
26 July 2013 Record breaking winter of major events in Sydney
Exclusive international exhibitions headline Sydney Art Series 2013-2014
Intercontinental Hotels Group to launch new property in Sydney’s eastern suburbs
Destination NSW launches 2013 New Zealand New Product Workshop Prospectus
Minister congratulates winners of the Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence 2013
New eco cabins for Walkabout Wildlife Park
Regional Achievement Awards entry closing soon
Accessible events is the business
The Gold & Black Luncheon
Darling Harbour plan coming to life
Emirates Wolgan Valley tops Tripadvisor
Free industry workshops in Broken Hill - register now
19 July 2013 Manchester United touch down in Sydney
NSW tourism is real winner in State of Origin clash
Sydney FC become first A-League team to tour Europe with three-week pre-season tour to Italy
Deloitte partners with Opera House for ‘ideas’ program
Korean blogger wins trip of a lifetime to Sydney in global competition
NSW Golf Open tees up with new sponsor
2013 NSW Tourism Awards nominations now due
People flocking to NSW National Parks
Free industry workshops in Sydney, Katoomba and Orange - register now
North Coast tourism operators focus on entries for 2013 Countrylink North Coast Tourism Awards
25th Anniversary of Sealife Sydney Aquarium
Cowra Wine Show weekend 27-28 July
12 July 2013 A record breaking visit to Sydney provides the perfect incentive
State of Origin boosts visitor spend to NSW
British and Irish Lions and Wallabies fans break hotel records
Union Pay cards opens the web for Captain Cook Cruises
NSW welcomes Manchester United to Sydney
The Legendary Pacific Coast now marketing travel packages in China
NSW Tourism Awards
South East Asia Trade Mission 2013 - outstanding response from industry
Wine conference explores new opportunities
Free industry workshops in Dubbo and Tamworth - register now
Free wi-fi at Central Station enhances visitor experience to Sydney
5 July 2013 Air India commences services to Sydney
US visitors flock to Sydney following visit by The Ellen DeGeneres Show
NSW to welcome more visitors from China as new travel deal announced
Sydney Marathon to be broadcast to the world
Australian Open of Surfing set to return to Manly
Australian Diamonds to dazzle Wollongong
Deniliquin Ute Muster rounds up funding boost
2013 Rugby Championships tickets on sale
Recipients of Minister’s Student Achiever Awards announced
Lunch with Manchester United Manager and special guests
Exclusive chance to see Manchester United training session
Registrations closing for South East Asia Trade Mission
Brindabella confirms new Qantas codeshare pact on five routes
Contracts agreed for interim exhibition centre at Glebe Island
Wild Life Sydney Zoo launches new interactive exhibit for kids
Launch of new farmer’s market on site of nation’s first
Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival announced as finalist in Inland Tourism Award
Sawtell Chilli Festival turns up heat with funding