Insights Newsletter July – December 2020

15 January 2021
Issue Articles
23 December 2020 NSW plans for cautious Christmas - check restrictions and prepare QR codes
Qantas expands its regional NSW network
Destination NSW releases new suite on content
Bad behaviour no longer welcome in short-term holiday accommodation
Bolstered support for NSW small businesses
Love for Sydney reaches great heights
Lifeline offers support
New plan to turn back the tide of extinction
Bushfire clean-up effort bolstered ny new funding
NSW Government invests in smart cities, sport facilities
The Tweed to host travel writers’ convention
Coffs secures landmark airport lease deal
$4M boost for NSW Surf Lifesaving Clubs
Orange Running Festival
18 December 2020 Sydney arts and culture scene gets a summer boost
Two-way trans-Tasman bubble to open in 2021
Government support for home grown live music
A gap year awaits in regional NSW
Green dots boosted on public transport
Historic highway project reaches finish line
Port Macquarie launches wild koala breeding program
Further Commonwealth support for aviation
Cutting edge facilities for Western Sydney
Sydney tour operator reinvents itself
New units boost emergency communications this summer
Travel agents can now apply for support
Market lane pop up at Manly for summer
11 December 2020 Blockbuster cultural events return to Sydney
Australia Day 2021 in NSW - reflect on the Australian spirit
Great Southern Nights on song for NSW industry and music lovers
NSW venues to open later for 2021 special events
Nine new Food, Wine and Ale Trails set to tantalise travellers
NSW to build a startup hub in Western Sydney
Vale John Thorpe, hotel industry legend
Helping businesses prepare for the unexpected
Give the gift of travel this Christmas
Fast forward with Visitor Economy Symposium
NSW coastline swarming with fish
New safety video for Air New Zealand
4 December 2020 Major rolling back of COVID-19 restrictions in NSW
Give the gift of buying regional this Christmas
Funding for NSW councils to boost summer fun
More NSW venues to introduce alfresco dining
Protecting national parkland while boosting city greenery
Making Sydney accessible to all
2020 AACTA Award winners announced
Change, innovation and sustainability celebrated at Australian Fashion Laureate
Sip, chat and discover – hear from industry and travel experts
Travel agents to receive Federal support
New appointments for cultural institutions
Press play on summer in the Gong
Rex launches Sydney to Melbourne with $79 fares
New chief executive for Greater Sydney Commission
Sydney’s biggest entertainment park opens
2 December 2020 - Road trips special edition Destination NSW road trips marketing program puts visitor economy on track for recovery
Road trips reignite love of regional NSW for Aussie musicians
Tripadvisor launches new road trip guides for visitors to NSW
27 November 2020 NSW welcomes back our neighbours in true Sydney style
NSW eases COVID-19 restrictions, electronic registrations now mandatory
Sydney in for a wild ride with Luna Park makeover
Pippin’s ‘got magic to do’
Multmillion-dollar plans to transform the Gunnery
Stay and play in Sydney’s biggest backyard
Hunter Valley lights up for Christmas
Hawkesbury campaign secures editorial spread
NSW First industry webinars give businesses a boost
Extended deadline for bushfire fund applications
Caravan safety campaign launched
2021-23 Heritage Grants now open
Enriched experience at Echo Point
Regional services resume between Victoria and NSW
New Visit Wollondilly website now live
Three Blue Ducks opens in Snowy Mountains
20 November 2020 Qantas joins forces with Destination NSW to celebrate 100 years in style
Sydney and NSW give travellers 52 Weekends’ worth of inspiration
Sydney the first to re-open musical stage doors
Plans for New Year’s Eve and festive season unveiled
Business leaders planning events in Australia
Visit Riverina launches social media competition
#wearecruise: cruise industry asks supporters to get on board
Virgin Australia outlines future direction
The Blue Mountains’ new roarsome experience
Explore Sydney’s most famous house
InterContinental Sydney $95m redevelopment given green light
Extended closure of Summit track
Netflix series secured for NSW
17 November 2020
- NSW State Budget edition
NSW Government backs the recovery of the state’s visitor economy
Stimulus spending sends strong message to hospitality and entertainment sector
NSW businesses receive broad support
Road to recovery clear for regional NSW
Positive push for precincts and associated industries
13 November 2020 Destination NSW CEO leads call for Sydneysiders to Love It Like You Mean It
NSW invites interstate holidaymakers to take a Great Escape
More than 12,000 fans invited to attend Greatest Southern Nights
NAIDOC Week events supported to shine through November
NSW Government backs new Australian Open of Surfing
24-hour economy reforms approved by NSW Upper House
Australian Hamilton cast announced
Tickets on sale for 2021 Sydney Mardi Gras
Celebrity wax figures take over Sydney
New grants to preserve our nation’s heritage
Business events receive a boost
Seacliff House opens new offering
Three Sydney bars among world’s best 50
BESydney retains 70 per cent of COVID-19 impacted meetings
$77 million in infrastructure unlocked for Taronga Zoos
More clarity for businesses to stay open after COVID case
6 November 2020 NSW to reopen Victorian border
Great Southern Nights kicks off
Business events Sydney launches new campaign
Grants to revitalise Sydney CBD
Qantas and Jetstar add flights between NSW and Victoria
Exhibitions return to ICC Sydney
Little National Hotel Sydney set to open this month
Better Homes and Gardens to shine the light on NSW
Australian Museum reopens this month
Boost for National Parks fire resources
New TV commercials for Goulburn
30 October 2020 Sydney counts down to the premiere of PIPPIN
2020 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards announced
Another knockout event for Western Sydney
Sydney Fish Market hits major milestone
Strict new laws to regulate short-term rentals
Newcastle connects to Lord Howe Island
New Welcome to Country campaign
$100 million Regional Job Creation Fund
Qantas to launch Launceston to Sydney service
$7.4 million commitment to Closing the Gap
23 October 2020 Tickets on sale for Great Southern Nights gigs
Excitement builds for NRL Grand Final
Further COVID-19 restrictions eased
NSW secures Supercars events across the state
New luxury accommodation in Central NSW
Digital system to replace Incoming Passenger Card
Australia Marketplace Online - North America kicks off
Caravan park occupancy in Australia reaches 72 per cent
$250 million to boost recovery in NSW bushfire affected areas
16 October 2020 Vivid Sydney 2021 dates confirmed
COVID-19 restrictions eased
Australian Fashion Week returns with new title sponsor
Tourism Australia launches new campaign
Sydney Opera House announces new program of live events
Shipping containers the future of travel
Increased capacity for major racing events
De Bortoli Wines Bilbul offers new experiences
Southern Border Grant deadline extended
Regional Tourism Recovery Package
9 October 2020 Qantas to launch flights to Merimbula
Tourism to play a key role in economic recovery and jobs
Sydney outdoor dining coming soon
12 regional event management scholarships
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour opens
Magical cast announced for Pippin
Discover NSW webinar series
A win for Capella Lodge
Get Ready Business toolkit for NSW
Fly between Canberra and Port Macquarie
Sierra Escape opens up 2021 dates
2 October 2020 Travel bubble with NZ confirmed
ANZ Stadium to host NRL Grand Final
$61.7 million boost for environment, jobs and tourism
Government funding boost for Australian Surf Rowers League Open
New piece of Barangaroo foreshore now open
NSW Small Business Month to assist thousands of businesses
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo welcomes koala joey
New name for Hunter Valley institution
Discover NSW webinar series
Creating a Get Connected listing
Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney
25 September 2020 A message from Destination NSW
NSW secures the Rugby Championship 2020 matches
Greater capacity at theatres, cinemas and corporate events
Launch of COVID-Safe Summer Plan
ATEC aligns with WTTC Safe Travel protocols
New Snowy Valleys tourism video
Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary set to open
Read Tim Ross’s love letter to Sydney
New floating restaurant for Sydney
Visit Scenic World these school holidays
18 September 2020 24-hour economy to make Sydney glow
NSW Government announces ATC partnership
NSW eases restrictions for border residents
Summer summit plans to boost festive Sydney
Stadiums to benefit from increased capacity
New Destination Sydney Surrounds South GM
NSW outback resort marks second birthday
Access stunning imagery and footage
Infection prevention and control training
New accommodation in Nyngan NSW
11 September 2020 Northern Rivers food scene set to shine
Restarting Australia’s business events sector
Foundations set for the Sydney Modern Project
NSW accommodation properties shine on Hotels by Design
Harbourside restaurants reopen
Shane Warne’s cap on display in Bowral
Parklands Food Fest with Matt Moran
Raging Waters Sydney reopens this October
Check-in for NSW businesses now live
Manly Jazz Festival to go virtual
4 September 2020 50+ feature artists and eight regions confirmed for Great Southern Nights
Increased mobility on NSW Vic border
NSW Government supports Streeton
42 reasons to love NSW
Tickets now on sale for Hamilton
New interactive destination guide for Sydney
New luxury accommodation in Gerringong
New documentary for Slim Dusty
Events to mark the 2020 Broken Heel Festival
Quick tips web tutorials
28 August 2020 $45 million for southern border small businesses
delicious. Harvey Norman produce awards
New koala country National Park
Applications open for arts and cultural funding
Have your chance to name Sydney’s third city
Small business recovery grants closing soon
Short film for the Shoalhaven
New regional NSW flights
Free online event for NSW breweries
21 August 2020 Vivid Sydney to return in August 2021
NSW tourism operators showcased online
Exhibition of renowned artist set for Sydney
New Hello Koala sculpture in Port Macquarie
Australian Tourism Export Council’s COVID Ready program
Snowy Mountain conditions this weekend
Bridgeclimb welcomes the Ultimate Climb
Pro surfing Grand Slam makes waves in Tweed
14 August 2020 Business Connect launches toolkit to get businesses back to work
Have your say about small business insurance
Aquabumps goes inside Sydney headlands and Harbour
Major makeover for Macquarie Pier
Trans-Tasman NRL clash coming to Tamworth
Domestic business events can secure welcome boost
See the Botanic Garden in bloom
Balmoral Hospitality to operate the waterfront dining precinct
7 August 2020 Applications open - be part of groundbreaking NSW music event
Service NSW customer check-in solution a step closer
Health advice update on masks
Changes to JobKeeper eligibility - more businesses to access support
Support for bushfire-impacted small businesses extended
Port Macquarie to host tourism conference in 2021
Lord Howe Island COVID-19 restrictions
$250 million boost for public spaces
Thredbo all white for visitors
31 July 2020 Sydney attractions show thanks to frontline workers
Destination NSW supporting tourism businesses through NSW First program
COVID safety crackdown - Register your COVID-Safe business now
$10m in multi-year arts funding to foster the sector
New landmark in development as contract awarded on Sydney Fish Market
$50,000 grants to create mentally healthy workplaces
Country Road releases new Regeneration campaign shot in NSW
50,000 new jobs for Parramatta’s future CBD
24 July 2020 Public and businesses urged to redouble COVID safety efforts
Nominations open for best COVID-Safe businesses
JobKeeper payment and income support extended
NSW to shine on leading Network 10 lifestyle shows, inspiring future travel
Secure an event management scholarship now
More regional electric vehicle charging stations to power tourism
New trade toolkit to promote NSW wine experiences
Sell bookable products online - free industry webinar
17 July 2020 A message from Destination NSW
Tough new COVID-19 compliance measures for licensed venues
Register now for online tourism industry development program
NSW caravan and camping industry launches new consumer campaign
Love NSW partner campaigns keep bookings coming for operators
New DNSW toolkit for travel trade
DNSW partners with FFA for Hyundai A-League 2019/20
Five new business connect advisors for creative sector
10 July 2020 Border changes and caution required
Businesses must embrace COVID Safe measures
NSW Government to retain Ultimo museum
Bushfires: $5m boost for free legal help
6 July 2020 Border closure to protect NSW
3 July 2020 Stay COVID-Safe as restrictions eased
New tools for tourism businesses to get involved in Love NSW campaign
See a different side to Sydney via Aquabumps
Extra support now available for small businesses
Qantas launches two new NSW routes
Event summit 2020 free for industry stakeholders
New case studies highlight benefits of NSW First program
Supercars return to Sydney this month
Manly’s treasures on display
Safety first for snow-bound holidaymakers