Insights Newsletter July– December 2016

13 January 2017
Issue Articles
23 December 2016 New boards to strengthen Regional Tourism
Regional NSW a holiday spot in 2016
Sydney showcased to more than 25 million during MasterChef India semi-finals broadcast
Tina Arena and Guy Sebastian to star in 2017 Australia Day concert
New Event Development Fund now open for Regional NSW Events
Chinese Weibo and WeChat influencers to showcase Sydney and the Blue Mountains
Six Regional Events to receive NSW Government funding
Wagga Wagga to host the 2017 NSW Regional Events Conference
Celebrate Australia Day on Sydney Harbour
Mercure opens in Tamworth
Sydney festival in January
Wollongong to welcome Voyager of the Seas
The Australian Blues Music Festival is back in 2017
Tickets on sale for St.George OpenAir cinema
Still time to purchase HSBC Sydney 7s tickets
16 December 2016 Supercars on track for Newcastle
Fireworks stream Sydney to the world
ICC Sydney is open and ready for business
NSW 2016 First Workshop Program delivers record breaking results
NSW the real home of cruise as $1 billion Ovation of the Seas arrives
Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens
Port Stephens launches new Summer program
Famous photographers on show in Bega
Exhibit at TravMedia Marketplace
G’day USA social competition now open to NSW tourism industry
School holidays fun in the Greater Blue Mountains
Registrations are now open for the LGNSW Tourism Conference in 2017
Not too late to spend New Year’s Eve on Cockatoo Island
Micro-music festivals coming to Regional NSW
Carriageworks Christmas Market
9 December 2016 Record International visitor spend in NSW in 2016
NSW Government announces support for Wings Over Illawarra until 2019
African Safari experience comes to Regional NSW
NSW China-Australian bilateral agreement
Dream Lover-The Bobby Darin Musical completes a triumphant season in Sydney
Egyptian Mummies open at the Powerhouse
Winning design unveiled for new Parramatta Stadium
Destination NSW appoints new Director of Event Development
NSW to welcome Indonesian celebrity actor, Ibnu jamil next week
New Tourism attraction on NSW Central Coast
Celebrate Darling Harbour at free concert with Kimbra
Expressions of Interest to lease Hill End General Store
Moore Park 150th birthday celebrations
2 December 2016 $13 million boost for Regional Tourism
Snowy Mountains the new home of cycling as L’Etape Australia kicks off
Supercars Coates hire Sydney 500
Motorworld Sydney now on
Caravan and camping offers the coolest water escapes this Summer
Port of Newcastle welcomes Radiance of the Seas
Audition for David Bowie tribute at Sydney Festival
Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge
Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show
Applications open for industry to attend ATE Media Marketplace
Sydney shines at Australian Traveller magazine People’s Choice Awards
25 November 2016 Industry Celebrates 2016 NSW Tourism Awards
AFL Draft and AFL 9s Classic
Destination Ambassador training for Regional NSW
‘Tis the season to spot a bird
NSW food and wine on show to more than two million viewers in Hong Kong
Sydney transformed by it’s urban green spaces
Sydney Airport welcomes new routes by China Eastern Airlines
Christmas Festival at Rosehill Gardens
New aviation report on NSW
Blak Markets at Barangaroo
Sydney: The ultimate destination for business events
18 November 2016 Destination NSW signs new partnership with China’s leading online travel platform, Alitrip
AirAsia X social media influencers experience Port Stephens
NSW Aboriginal cultural tourism on show for industry development workshop
Rare South American flowers at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Rally Australia now on in Coffs Harbour
Travel packages on sale for Sydney International Art series
World-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks set to light up Sydney
Australian Open of Golf
Sydney to host the 2018 Invictus Games
Sydney Weekender to showcase Regional NSW this Sunday
Opportunity to target overseas agents
NSW Hunter Valley winery wins Winemaker of the Year
Walsh Bay Arts Precinct set to shine
Free safety course ahead of The Massive Paddle
Goat Island Sounds musical festival
11 November 2016 New life for Sydney’s Fish Market
Social media milestone for Regional NSW with record one million followers
Designs revealed for $300m ‘Sandstones’ hotel
Top travel agencies from Western China set to experience the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens
My Fair Lady return Sydney season announced
South Coast on show to more than 733,000 followers through aspirational images on Instagram
Final weeks to see Dream Lover Musical
MCA 25th birthday weekend
Breenhold Gardens Springfest 2016
NSW Open Golf underway in Western Sydney
New International youth travel to NSW snapshot
Barangaroo street fair this weekend
Expressions of interest now open to host the 2017 NSW Regional Events Conference
Tourism Australia to host free industry briefing in Sydney
Park Feast at Bella Vista Farm
4 November 2016 South Coast on show through social media activation
Taste Orange @ Barangaroo
Dubbo welcomes new baby elephant
Wollongong set to dish out MTV Beats & Eats
Historic airshow at Scone on remembrance day weekend
Sydney International Art series now on
Hit the fairways in NSW ahead of the Australian Open of Golf
Wine and Jazz festival in Nelson Bay
Cultural Tourism Toolkit for Regional NSW
The Art of Dinosaur Designs comes to NSW South Coast
Shoalhaven prepares for Adventure Racing World Championships
Majestic Concert in the Blue Mountains
Celebrate the NSW Tourism Awards
Barangaroo welcomes David Jones
28 October 2016 Sydney Opera House: The opera opens this evening
Wollongong to welcome Royal Caribbean’s maiden voyage this Sunday
Influential South Korean bloggers visit Byron Bay
Sydney Festival launches Stellar program for 2017
New campaign to attract working holiday makers
Culinary celebrations kick off for tastings on Hastings
Coonabarabran gears up for crooked mountain festival
Jacarandas on show in Sydney and regional NSW
Destination NSW wins award for regional NSW marketing campaign
Regional NSW event fund applications closing soon
Carcoar Cup running festival
Harley Days 2016
Free play readings at Parramatta
Dungog Festival now on
Vivid Sydney’s sentiment cocoon wins major awards
Nominations announced for AACTA Awards
21 October 2016 World champion Tyler Wright to headline Australian Open of Surfing at Manly
Acclaimed international artists announced for Sydney International Art Series
Dungog Festival next weekend
Sydney Airport to welcome new China Eastern Airlines Kunming service in November
Artlands Dubbo unveils festival program
International tourism workshop in Kiama
NSW Destination Ambassadors profile Sydney to cruise visitors
Applications open for Manager, Regional Conferencing
Applications to attend ATE 2017 closing soon
Exciting events on NSW Central Coast
Two new reports on wine tourism and Aboriginal cultural tourism
Bowral Cycling Classic
Sydney Airport wins safety award
Diwali spectacular at Sydney Opera House
A new future for Goat Island
Have your say on the rejuvination of Sydney’s Macquarie Street
Newly madeover Mantra Hotel
14 October 2016 New fund announced for regional NSW
Entries open for Newcrest Orange ride
Export Ready 101 workshops in November
The next stage for Sydney Olympic Park
Tickets on sale for Egyptian Mummies exhibition
Western Sydney in gear for World Time Attack Challenge
ICC Sydney opens for exclusive preview
New Qantas Beijing-Sydney service
NSW cruise season kicks off
Offshore Superboat Championships in Lake Macquarie
Orange Wine Festival
Beach netball festival in the Gong
Spend New Year’s Eve at Barangaroo
Sign up for Australia’s largest camping and holiday supershow
7 October 2016 Dream Lover now showing in Sydney
Back to Hartley 2016
Destination NSW wins Pinnacle Awards for Vivid Sydney
Riverlights Festival returns for a celebration of culture
Nsw signs new agreement with Singapore Airlines
Upcoming NSW tourism workshops
Sydney to host major aviation summit in 2017
2016 ARIA nominated artists announced
Taste Riverina Festival
Kidtopia Festival on this weekend
Webinar next week
Maiden voyage: Radiance of the Seas
Wombat Hollow Artisans’ Market
Tickets on sale to the 6th AACTA Awards
My Fair Lady breaks box office record
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016
Dine Bright in the Park
Taronga Zoo birthday parade
30 September 2016 Fans urged to get into the finals spirit in NSW
Supercars to race in Newcastle for first time
NSW home to world’s best festival and event cities
Harley Days set to rev up the ‘Gong
2016 Minister’s Student Achiever Award winners
New cruise terminal to boost Hunter tourism
Amazing new entertainment venue unveiled at Darling Harbour
2016 NSW Tourism Awards finalists announced
Port Macquarie tourism workshop
Rob Guest Endowment gala concert
Penrith’s new river festival
Griffith Citrus Sculptures
Welcome home for Australian Paralympic Team
New research on tourism in regional NSW
Save the date – Parramasala 2017
Sydney Airport’s iconic Runway Run for charity
Barangaroo Ferry Hub
23 September 2016 2017 Flagship Event Fund now open for regional NSW events
Crowded House to play Sydney exclusive shows
Wingham prepares for amazing Akoostik Music Festival
Join welcome home for Australian Paralympic heroes
Wollongong Fringe Festival
Wynyard Walk opened to pedestrians
Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains tourism workshops
Sydney Airport welcomes Qatar Airways’ A380
Blue Mountains Heritage Trail open day
Central Coast Beachletics
NSW wine collection launched at ICC Sydney
Free Sydney walking tours
Kids in the park
16 September 2016 Love Every Second of Sydney and NSW this Summer
Parkes Elvis Festival celebrates 25 years of hip-swivelling fun
Onwards and upwards for NSW domestic tourism
Surf Series returns to Avoca
Sydney to host historic women’s games for 2017 Rugby League World Cup
NSW partners with Hainan Airlines to attract more Chinese visitors to the State
Sydney named best cruise destination by Cruise Critic
Treasures of three museums find a new home
ATE17 seller applications open shortly
ATE17 Fun & Fitness Program
Mobile Me webinar
Tulip Time Festival
Lithgow Halloween ‘16
Beams Art Festival
Spring in the Riverina
Heavy traffic alert for Sydney
Parramatta talent comp
9 September 2016 Vivid Sydney injects $110 million into NSW economy
Coonabarabran to feature on Sydney Weekender
Stones fans to get some satisfaction in Sydney
Sydney to host world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical
Murrumbateman Moving Feast
World class racing facilities for Sydney’s west
This Is Not Art 2016
Camden Festival
Concert spectacular at the Hydro Majestic
Curtis Stone at Madame Tussauds Sydney
2 September 2016 Overseas visitors spend $9.1 billion in NSW
My Fair Lady now showing in Sydney
2016 Taste Riverina Festival
Sydney Opera House – The Opera: The Eighth Wonder
Countdown on for Deni Ute Muster
Sydney Airport celebrates Air India anniversary
Newcastle to host Australian Boardriders National Final
NSW Evocities MTB Challenge
Weekend Sunrise Riverina broadcast
Spring into Corrimal
Tyalgum Music Festival
Tourism’s economic contribution
Peter Rabbit to be made in NSW
One Hit Wonder in Thredbo
Call for port ambassadors
What’s on in September
26 August 2016 College Football touches down in Sydney
Women’s Sevens heroes to play in Sydney
Join athletes’ welcome home celebration
Indigenous All Stars to play in Newcastle
Be part of Vivid Music 2017
NSW announces partnership with Air China
Family fun with Goulburn steam shuttles
Get to the Penrith Caravan & Camping Expo
Construction begins on ‘Wild Play’ Garden
NSW Seniors Festival grants
ATE17 seller applications
Broken Hill tourism workshop
Destination NSW market research
Nowra Visitor Centre
Chippendale walking tours
19 August 2016 Barangaroo Reserve’s first birthday celebration
Orange Wine Festival unveils exciting events
ARIA Awards launch 30-year celebrations
Parramatta Park new home of Tropfest
Free social media webinar
Australia ranked most exciting destination for conferences
Parkroyal Parramatta hotel refurbishment
Coffs Harbour Running Festival
Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House
12 August 2016 Australian premiere of Disney’s Aladdin opens to critical acclaim
Stunning designs for a renewed Opera House
Tourism workshops for North Coast region
Regional NSW prepares for Dubbo Stampede
Moore Park Light Rail design revealed
Applications open for Walkabout Japan 2017
Australian Cruise Association Conference
Moon Festival in Blue Mountains
Orange Wine Festival
Young Tourism Professionals Awards Program
5 August 2016 Sydney set for ‘Awesome August’
Australia’s best give gridiron posts kick of approval
Dungog Festival unveils a providore’s paradise
New campaign to showcase caravan and camping experiences in NSW
Channel Ten’s The Living Room to showcase Stockton Beach
New Destination NSW industry prospectus
Free star-gazing events at Campbelltown Observatory
NSW home to Australia’s favourite wine regions
Penrith Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo
Destination Byron’s Annual Tourism Symposium
Walcha launches new visitor website
Your chance to see tall ship ‘Tenacious’ in Darling Harbour
What’s on in August
29 July 2016 New Harley Davidson event secured for Wollongong
Wollongong to hit television screens this weekend
Lifting accessibility to Sydney Harbour Bridge
New travel manual launched to attract Japanese school students to NSW
Destination NSW appoints new Business Development Manager in China
Industry update – International Business Development Program
Jackie Chan to produce next blockbuster film in NSW
NSW tourism industry celebrates regional awards
Sydney Design Festival program launch
Tourism Australia webinar series
Discover the riches of Cabonne
Inquiry into short-term holiday letting
Barangaroo ferry hub construction work
Regional NSW recognised in chef’s table awards
#MTVTRIPPERS wins best campaign
22 July 2016 NSW Government signs partnership with Qantas
Channel Nine’s Today Show to broadcast live from Thredbo
NSW winners congratulated at Tourism Accommodation Awards
Share your creative ideas for Vivid Sydney 2017
X-factor’s Cyrus to headline Kidtopia Festival in Sydney
Regional NSW to host two rounds of the 2016 Offshore Superboat Championships
NSW South Coast ‘Unspoilt’ campaign wins international award
Help name Sydney’s new ferry fleet
Expressions of interest sought for ATE 2017 NSW Famils Program
Gloucester Winter Street Fair
Sydney Science Festival
Bangalow Music Festival
Australian Surf Festival
Greg Whitehead Fishing Challenge
Byron Writers’ Festival
Bondi voted Australia’s best family beach
15 July 2016 Freddie Ljungberg marks one year until blockbuster Arsenal FC visit
Snowtunes music festival secured for Snowy Mountains until 2018
A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton – exclusive to Sydney
BRAVO Challenge returns to Wollongong for its second year
Coffs Harbour to shine in new episode of Sydney Weekender
Sydney to welcome two services from Hainan Airlines in September
Southern Hemisphere’s biggest coffee festival kicks off in the rocks
Program announced for Newcastle’s creative festival, This is Not Art 2016
Southern Highlands to welcome Australian writers this Saturday
8 July 2016 New tourism network for regional NSW
Applications open for new regional tourism Board roles
Warrumbungles declared Australia’s first ‘Dark Sky Park’
Sydney voted number one city by Travel + Leisure magazine
New Regional Manager for China
Tourism workshop for Canberra region
Event ideas sought for NSW national parks
New boardwalk for Sydney’s eastern beaches
Sculpture event at Barangaroo
NAIDOC Week celebrations in NSW
New cast members announced for Dream Lover – the Bobby Darin Musical
World’s finest pianists converge on Sydney
Applications extended for tourism infrastructure funding
South Solitary Island lighthouse tours
New Artistic Director of 21st Biennale of Sydney
Sydney features in Disney ride
One month to go until Bledisloe
1 July 2016 Vivid Sydney 2016 smashes visitor record with 2.3 million attendees
The Australian Surf Festival set to return to Coffs Harbour
Transplant Games a boost to Western Sydney
Destination NSW signs landmark tourism partnership with Sony Music
Free weekend draws record numbers to museums
Blue Mountains celebrates Christmas in July
Sydney to host Australian premiere exhibition – Egyptian Mummies
Applications open for tourism infrastructure funding
Eastern University Games in Wollongong
Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta
Annual Tourism Symposium in Byron Bay
Contemporary art at Murray Art Museum
School holiday fun in Sydney
Bangarra’s Stephen Page recognised by Helpmann Awards
Bundanoon Winterfest
Travellers rate NSW Visitor Information Centres
What’s on in July