Insights Newsletter July – December 2014

9 January 2015
Issue Articles
18 December 2014 Message from the CEO
Year in review
Bring in the New Year by the harbour
Bathurst 12 Hour announces world-class 2015 grid
Terracotta Warriors stand tall for Chinese New Year
Sydney Marathon recognised as a world leader
Taronga opens new Wild Ropes adventure
E-adoption’s all a koala can bear
Last chance to register for China Mission
Apia International to return to Sydney in 2015
Sydney Surf Film Festival announced for January
Visa process streamlined for Chinese visitors
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015 season launch
Government backs road investment
Aviation report released
12 December 2014 World class events to take place in Regional NSW this summer
Sydney’s flourishing hotel scene
Designs revealed for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: AIDA
Extreme Sailing to take over Sydney Harbour this weekend
Port Macquarie’s World Hotel Award
Pier One unveils Gantry
Lismore steps up to the plate to secure baseball championships
Take a walk on the wild side
Hunter Valley hotel takes luxury crown
Deni Ute Muster revs up for 2015
New responsive website aims to drive visitation
Orange F.O.O.D week 2015 dates announced
Awards seek inspirational women
Get in quick for China Mission
Shopping hours extended for Christmas rush
5 December 2014 New timelapse shows Sydney in all its summer glory
Home Ground Cricket Tour launches in Regional NSW
It’s ON! in Newcastle and The Hunter campaign launched
Australia Day concerts supported by Destination NSW
Gearing up for Sydney NRMA 500 this weekend
Dirty Dancing opens at Sydney Lyric Theatre
4th AACTA Award nominees announced
Head to Tropfest this weekend
New Year’s Eve celebration planned for Sydney
Lake Macquarie in final preparations for International Children’s Games
Accor announces Pullman Sydney Airport
Australian Traveller People’s Choice Awards
Darling Harbour to host NoMansLanding premiere for Centenary of Anzac
Thousands expected to rock this Elvis Festival
Sydney to host World Chambers Congress in 2017
Asian Cup Trophy Tour launches
28 November 2014 Industry excellence celebrated at the 25th NSW Tourism Awards
ARIA Awards and ARIA Week secured for Sydney until 2017
Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer to launch world first tennis format in Sydney
Australian Open of golf underway in Sydney
Regional Flagship Events Program
Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney
Greater China Mission 2015
World Congress of Accountants 2018 bound for Sydney
Sydney hosts Hostelworld Ultimate Race
NSW shines in Smith Hotel Awards
Santafest Christmas celebrations underway at Darling Harbour
Stretch or Splurge Sydney campaign awarded
Biennale of Sydney announces Neilson Foundation as inaugural Principal Patron
21 November 2014 Jhappi Time campaign brings record growth to NSW Indian tourism market
New partnership to boost NSW Chinese visitor market
Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth launched for 2015
Come, create and celebrate at Corroboree Sydney
Tickets on sale for Top Gear Festival Sydney
Home ground cricket tour launches in Sydney
Applications to attend Australian Tourism Exchange 2015 closing soon
Chuck Close exhibition opens at MCA
Sydney to host 2015 Centenary of Anzac Australian National Band Championships
Purchase your NSW Tourism Awards tickets
14 November 2014 NSW awarded Australia’s Best Event State
Here Lies Love to premiere at Sydney’s Barangaroo
NSW food and wine showcased to the world
Parkes Elvis Festival to celebrate 80 years of the King
Surfest to celebrate 30th anniversary
Asian Cup mascot launched in Sydney
Tropfest finalists announced
Chris Irving joins Pier One Sydney Harbour as Executive Chef
Sydney to host 2015 Centenary of ANZAC Australian National Band Championships
Deadline extended to register for Australian Business Week India
Peter Gilmore to head Bennelong Restaurant
Rocks Village Bizzare underway in Sydney
One week to go to the Mullum Music Festival
Opera at Langford on this weekend
NSW Wine List Award winners announced
World’s largest environmental congress opens in Sydney
07 November 2014 100 days to go until the Cricket World Cup
One Direction to perform at ARIA Awards in Sydney
Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay opens
Three years of funding for Opera in the Paddock
Creative director of Vivid Sydney named Filipino-Australian of the Year
Baby male gorilla born at Taronga Zoo
Destination NSW USA Mission commences
Communicating the Museum
Destination NSW appoints two new board members
Electronic Music Conference program announced
SHFA awarded for innovative storytelling
Big results and new board members for Business Events Sydney
Destination NSW launches 2015 Focus on India prospectus
One&Only Resorts to manage Emirates Wolgan Valley
31 October 2014 Sydney goes pop!
Restored Hydro Majestic opens in Blue Mountains
Hurley Australian Open of Surfing
ARIA Week program announced
NSW cuisine showcased in New Zealand
A whale of a time in Eden
Win front row seats for New Year’s Eve in Sydney
Tuck into Tastes at Nelson Bay
NSW Wine Awards
Spectacular sculptures adorn the Wollombi Valley
Regional funding applications closing soon
Destination NSW USA mission 2014
Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford film in Sydney
NSW Tourism Awards - book now!
Barrenjoey Headland thriving after bushfires
Carcoar Cup Running Festival
Three Sisters upgrade for 2 million visitors
24 October 2014 Sydney voted one of world’s best cities by Condé Nast Traveler readers
Jhappi time bound for the Indian box office
Summer in Sydney set to come alive with Sydney Festival
International foodies to experience NSW food and wine
A Sculpture by the Sea in Walcha
CoastOut Festival begins
Applications to attend ATE 2015 now open
Destination NSW appoints new editorial and content director
Cast your vote for Australia’s favourite event
New Israel and Australia visa arrangement
Business Events Sydney wins Prevue Visionary Award
Path of Champions honours Australian athletes
Seven Bridges Walk on this weekend
17 October 2014 Sydney-Australian premiere season of Matilda The Musical launched
NSW Government honours Matilda The Musical’s Tim Minchin
Gearing up for Sydney NRMA 500
NSW Tourism Awards finalists announced
Central Coast Rugby Sevens back to excite fans in Wyong
New ministers for Tourism and Major Events, and Regional Tourism
NSW wine regions feature on
My Legendary Drive social media campaign
Campbelltown Historical Ghost Tour
New ambassador for Business Events Sydney
10 October 2014 Come, create, celebrate at Corroboree Sydney
It’s ON! Bravo Team Challenge event bound for Wollongong
ARIA Awards nominations
Port Stephens boasts Australia’s only Chinese junk boat
NSW beaches are top quality
Walking tour app helps visitors step back in time
Festival of Cycling and Wellbeing
Level up with a career in hospitality
Stellar lineup for VANFEST in Central West NSW
Applications open for North America trade events
3 October 2014 Sydney welcomes inaugural Qantas A380 direct service from Dallas/Fort Worth
Sydney and Newcastle recognised as world festival and event cities
Kasey Chambers announced for Deniliquin Ute Muster
Secure tickets for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida
2015 AACTA Awards
Dirty Dancing Cast Announced
Voting now open for Australia’s favourite event
Roll up for the Sydney Rides festival
RVEF Round Two Contestable funding open
Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards
Byte Exchange and Adventure Travel Awards
26 September 2014 New South Wales’ wine regions showcased to the world
NSW features in restaurant Australia pop-up
Wicked flies into Sydney
Summer in Sydney set to sizzle
Port to Port MTB returns to Newcastle in 2015
Sydney-based feature film to showcase harbour city
Seven Bridges Walk back this October
Statewide Zone Managers appointed to drive visitation across NSW
NSW FIRST Workshops: Griffith, Armidale and Moama
Students arrive for Australian University Games
2014 ARIA Awards returns to Sydney
Mudgee engages with wedding market
Paddington Markets sources best of local producers
19 September 2014 Sydney Running Festival
Destination NSW secures another Australian premiere
2015 Parkes Elvis festival program announced
NSW Wine Awards
Sydney’s first public labyrinth in Centennial Park
Rejuvenating Sydney’s western harbour
Funding boost for regional tourism projects
New arrival for Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Sydney Open showcases iconic buildings
Farm Cove Harbour walk restored
Savannah Cabins open at Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Sydney Weekender short breaks special
Southern Highlands Chamber Music Festival
Festival of Walking launch a fun family affair
Beams Arts Festival
Destination NSW New Zealand Product Workshop
12 September 2014 Australian open of surfing returns to Manly
NRL Finals Series to light it up in Sydney
NSW trumps other states in domestic tourism stakes
Matt Moran’s new three level venue at Barangaroo
Networking workshop supports Aboriginal tourism operators
Sydney home to world’s best gelato
Secure your place at the NSW FIRST Workshops
‘Stretch or Splurge Sydney’ campaign awarded in Singapore
Registrations open for the 2014 ARTN Convention
Destination NSW Regional Manager UK and Germany appointed
Tulip Time in the Southern Highlands
Sydney features in Saveur Culinary Travel Awards
Tyalgum Music Festival this weekend
Celebrating 75 years of Australian youth hostels
5 September 2014 Premier makes first visit to China
Sydney named best overseas city for restaurant and bars
NSW welcomes one million international youth visitors
Australian Garden Show Sydney underway
Vivid Sydney seeks creative industry leaders for cutting edge industry events
Explore regional NSW this school holidays
Cowra blossoms for Spring Japanese Garden Festival
WUPA@Wanaruah Aboriginal Art and Cultural Event
Showcase your business to ATE 2015 buyers
Last chance to register for Destination NSW USA Mission
Stampede bound for Dubbo this Father’s Day
Classes aim to cook up a storm
Darling Harbour Culture Beats
Artist submissions open for Sculpture at Scenic World
Taronga Zoo names chimpanzee baby
29 August 2014 New luxury hotel at Darling Harbour
James Thierrée returns to Sydney Festival with Tabac Rouge
Bingham Cup Rugby kicks off in Sydney
Dungog Festival underway in the Hunter Valley
Parramasala 2014 program announced
Destination NSW Japan Mission underway
Sydney Weekender NSW school holidays special
Australian Travellers urged to Pack Some Peace of Mind
Country Championships 2015
22 August 2014 Lord Howe Island - Just Paradise
It’s ON! in the Blue Mountains this spring
$10 million upgrade to Bondi Pavilion
Strong showing for Sydney productions at the 2014 Helpmann Awards
Inaugural Sydney Harbour and Coast Walk kicks off
Inaugural Sydney Motorsport Park 400
Registrations filling for 2014 NSW FIRST Workshop Program
Strictly Ballroom the Musical director Baz Luhrmann has his home celebrated in new tourist trail
Digital platform launched to drive online bookings to the Murray
Giant turtle hurtles into Cockle Bay
Sydney Open celebrates city’s architectural history
New CEO for Mudgee Region Tourism
Applications now open to attend Destination NSW USA Mission 2014
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards
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