Insights Newsletter July – December 2022

11 January 2023

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16 December 2022 Christmas message from the Destination NSW CEO
New report forecasts tourism bounce back
Destination NSW supports the state’s future event management workforce
Destination NSW releases 2021-22 Annual Report
Christmas SkyShow for Sydney
Funding for Aboriginal business growth
Art Gallery expansion attracts 86,000 visits
Australian Tourism Awards finalists
World Cup special trading extension
Destination NSW inks Accor MoU
Event bodies prepare to merge
Five headlands coastal experience funding
FIFA Women’s base camps chosen
ICC Sydney celebrates triple win
Madagascar The Musical premieres
Active Transport Plan for NSW
Fast charger second round grants open
Reflections delivers $83.2 million to NSW
New signs protect NSW wine supply
New CEO for Create NSW
More cultural events and festivals heading for local streets in 2023
NSW Government invests $200 million to implement flood inquiry recommendations
NSW moves one step closer to completely sealed highway network
Locals to shape the future of Sydney’s parks
Architectual team appointed for Powerhouse Ultimo renewal
New harbourside precint gets the green light
Sydney Fish Market project reels in tonnes of rubbish
NSW National Parks launches photo competition
9 December 2022 Noel Sydney supports regional NSW businesses
Free program to accelerate digital skills in Western Sydney visitor economy
Christmas travel boom at Sydney Airport
ACCC to monitor airline capacity
Latest tourism recovery results
120,000 fee-free TAFE and VET places
Campaign to kickstart hospitality careers
Vale David Baffsky
Live site for World Cup
Ballot opens for Pride March
Final Rainbow Champions announced
Sydney Marathon wins Platinum status
NSW joins global Purple Flag program
Thredbo Valley Track toolkit released
2022 AACTA Awards winners
Winners of the Crown Lands Awards
Fixing Western NSW roads
Parramatta Light Rail to transform Western Sydney
What do you want to see at SXSW Sydney 2023
Storm and flood support update
Free disaster preparation and recovery checklists
Callan Park revitalisation up and running
Have your say on liquor licensing reforms
200th anniversary of AUstralia’s oldest courthouse
Work together to reduce visitor litter
2 December 2022 Open For Lunch kicks off Sydney’s biggest December since 2019
Sydney lights up for Christmas
Opening celebrations for Sydney Modern Project
$2.5 million funding boost for NSW visitor experience projects
Regional Tourism Activation Fund brings 30 projects to life
ATEC celebrates 50 years and honours Vice Chair
Domestic tourism spending surges
Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard
NSW triumphs at 2022 HM Awards
Busy Christmas for airport and coaches
NSW Pro Surf Series returns
Live site for Socceroos vs Argentina
Have your say: Macleay Master Plan
Top spots for Sydney’s NYE fireworks
New Aussie ferries for Western Sydney
14 bid wins in two months for BESydney
Consultation on tourism price setting
New vision for regional NSW
Caravan parks grant program information session
Applications open for Get NSW Active 2023
Enmore Road to continue rocking longer and later
Regional buses in Bathurst and Dubbo to trial contactless payments
New fire danger rating system for bushfire season
Communities urged to be prepared for summer emergencies
Tickets on sale to Seniors Comedy Show
NSW puts new twist on The Artful Dodger
Major milestone for Sydney’s new harbour tunnel
25 November 2022 Vivid Sydney triumphs at Australian Event Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award for Christine McLoughlin AM
NSW economy soars into summer with increased flights to Sydney
Destination NSW launches ‘Sydney Side of Summer’ marketing campaign
$10 million funding program for caravan parks
NSW flood response boosted
Sydney’s new airport and Powerhouse unite
Work begins on Great Southern Walk
Good Food Guide 2023 winners
Australian Fashion Laureate recipients
First look: Zampatti Powerhouse
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Iice skating rink for Blue Mountains
Sydney shines at ARIA Awards
Carmen debuts on Cockatoo Island
2023 Supercards calendar announced
International student jobs program
Sydney among world’s most accessible cities
All aboard for Central Station revamp
Free program accelerates digital skills in Western Sydney visitor economy
ICC Sydney releases new low-carbon menu
New CBD metro station takes shape
18 November 2022 Destination NSW welcomes new Chair
2022 NSW Tourism Awards winners announced
The unexpected travel trends for 2023
Open For Lunch tickets on sale
Natural Disaster Quick Tips Guides
Domestic visitor nights and spend rise
Business travel rebounds
International arrivals for September
Reforms for late-night economy
Sydney Super Cup kicks off
T20 World Cup boosts visitor economy
Lonely Planet Hot 30 list for 2023
Extended trading hours for World Cup
BESydney releases annual report
Inbound Strategy Workshops postponed
Blue Mountains Explorer back on track
Second Blue Plaques nomination round
Jobs and Skills Australia launches
Get ready for Wine Tourism Grants
EV charging network expands
Sydney Metro opens Central Walk
NSW and Indonesian trade ties strengthened
Have your say on review of NSW Retail Leases Act
Less than five weeks left to enter National Banksia Sustainability Awards
Temporary closure of George Street
11 November 2022 Less than 100 days until WorldPride 2023 shines on Sydney
Nine days of celebrations to mark Art Gallery of NSW building opening
‘The Sydney Side’ films launch
Destination NSW board visits Western Sydney
Free program accelerates digital skills in Western Sydney Visitor Economy
Watch: Visitor Economy Forum highlights
NSW Holiday Park of the Year
United Cup draw announced
Fitch reaffirms NSW Triple-A credit rating0
Net zero a ‘shore’ thing for Sydney berths
Watch: National Indigenous Art Fair
Orange sparkling wine wins top award
NSW reconstruction authority announced
Final designs for Rozell Parklands
NSW wins Silver at Wanderlust Awards
Applications closing soon for 2023 Vivid Sydney Local Business Program
Australian Tourism Exchange 2023 (ATE23) Seller applications closing
15 councils to host major cultural events and festivals
Support AusMusic T-Shirt Day
More savings, more businesses, better Seniors Card program
National park estate continues to grow in NSW
4 November 2022 Destination NSW launches major campaign with National Parks and Wildlife Service
Sizzling summer events for Greater Sydney
Aviation Attraction Fund lands third South Korean route
Aviation Attraction Fund secures Houston route
New WestInvest projects announced
HSBC Sydney Sevens returns
Webinar: accessible tourism
Fans secure FIFA World Cup tickets
Business events boom for Newcastle
T20 Semi-Final comes to SCG
Do Ho Suh Exhibition opens at MCA
WSC Awards recognise Western Sydney
Tweed Byron hinterland walk
Sustainable travel win for Reflections
2022 ICC NSW Wine Awards trophies
NSW Wine appoints executive officer
Blue Plaques recognise Aboriginal heritage
Flood recovery updates
Destination Australia registrations open
ATEC Meeting Place 2022 tickets
$1 million investment hits right notes for regional music
School leavers score new skills over summer
June public holiday renamed King’s Birthday public holiday
Hawaiian hotel group Outrigger to return to Australian market
28 October 2022 Visitor spending exceeds pre-pandemic levels
Visitation boom in regional areas
Visitor economy highlights from Federal Budget
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 officials head to Sydney
Men and women unite for new tennis event
Cinderella opens in Sydney
Five-star hotel for Penrith
New Virgin Australia campaign
New Greater Sydney Parklands board
Come Say G’Day captivates travellers
Aboriginal Languages Act anniversary
Sydney Opera House shines for Diwali
Rex returns to profitability
Light rail wrapped for T20 World Cup
Funding to tackle regional potholes
Australian Traveller’s top NSW towns
WestInvest funds Wollondilly projects
WestInvest revitalises Liverpool Park
Bangarra announces 2023 program
Historic transfer of Peat Island
Celebrity Cruises returns to NSW
NSW Tourism Awards tickets on sale
Seller applications open for Australian Tourism Exchange 2023
Single-use plastic ban - guide for business
NSW supercharges EV rollout
Expedition cruising virtual showcase

21 October 2022 Sydney 2023 Visitor Economy Forum
Major events lead visitor economy revival
Vivid Sydney Business Program launches
Two NSW cities in 2022 Green Destinations Top 100
Say G’day short film and toolkit released
Industry welcomes Say G’day campaign
New DEIT Secretary announced
2022 HM Awards conferencing finalists
Sydney WorldPride flights announced
Carmen is coming to Cockatoo Island
Stunning new Harbour Bridge restaurant
T20 comes to Sydney Cricket Ground
Food line-up at Art Gallery of NSW
New Hospitality Concierge service
Agritourism toolkit released
Gucci comes to Powerhouse
First queer museum for Sydney
BESydney CEO honoured as fellow
Moulin Rouge heads to Circular Quay
Tourism inquiry commences
Storm and flood support toolkit
Sculpture by the Sea returns
Star Casino licence suspended
CLIA environmental report released
Next step to protect Wollumbin National Park
Free seniors Christmas concerts in Nowra

14 October 2022 Blockbuster weekend for visitor economy
Everest puts NSW on the world racing stage
New face of Tourism Australia unveiled
Caravan trips return to pre-pandemic levels
Art Gallery of NSW unveils Yiribana works
Vivid Sydney finalist in Event Awards
Webinar: Sydney WorldPride 2023
Long-term visitor arrival boom
Capella Lodge named Best Resort
Sydney Gateway hits 50 per cent completion
New Pier Pavilion at Barangaroo
Bathurst 1000 boosts Central West
National Park renamed ‘Beowa’
NSW Sustainable Storytellers
Transforming Eden’s Snug Cove
Qantas reports strong travel demand
Calling Aboriginal organisations - NSW Cultural Grants open
Further festivals and events funding available to multicultural communities
Fencing to commence at newest rewilding site
Protecting Port Macquarie and Kempsey koalas
World Food Markets for Northern Beaches

7 October 2022 International cruise passengers return to NSW
Biggest FIBA Women’s World Cup in history
First community projects announced for WestInvest Fund
Destination NSW board meets in Orange
Grand Final boosts visitor economy
Tickets on sale for 2023 Newcastle 500
‘Feel New in the Tweed’ campaign launches
Deni Ute Muster breaks record
New rules to boost agritourism
National Meeting of Tourism Ministers
Sydney venues voted world’s best bars
Sydney’s a hit for ICC T20 World Cup
Moulin Rouge heads to Circular Quay
$110 million to unlock investment in regional NSW
October is Indigenous Business Month
Bundanon announces new program
Surf’s up as facility funding program opens
Interim CEO for Accommodation Association of Australia

30 September 2022 NSW no.1 for domestic & international travellers
Domestic visitor spending increases in NSW
Business events video puts Orange in the spotlight
Wollongong joins world cycling elite
Riders to follow historic UCI course
NSW Tourism Awards finalists announced
Best NSW wine lists revealed
Sydney Opera House 50th anniversary
Just For Laughs celebrates 10 years
Curtis Stone video series launches
Last chance for Stay NSW vouchers
Webinar: Vivid Sydney Business Program
Sydney Harbour Aboriginal history walk
Excitement builds for NRL grand final
FIBA Basketball World Cup final fever
Deni Ute Muster returns
Ironman triumph in Western Sydney
Astronautical congress for Sydney
Have your say: business events survey
Museums of History bill passes
New Jetstar CEO announced
Vale outback travel legend Bill King
An expert’s guide to sailing
Carnival Splendor returns to Sydney
Disney Down Under launch event
Alfresco Restart Rebate claims open for business
Funding for Aboriginal communities and organisations
T20 World Cup regional roadshow
Work commences on employement white paper
Weekend Sunrise visits Sydney
Information session for National Banksia Sustainability Awards
Where is the most popular pub in NSW?
Habitat boost for Northern Rivers koalas
IHG Hotels & Resorts encourages guests to ‘Stay for Good’

23 September 2022 Long weekend turbocharges visitor economy
Sydney Airport gears up for school holidays
Performance lifts for Qantas
Vivid Sydney wins 14 medals at 2022 IFEA Pinnacle Awards
Vivid Sydney assets available at Destination NSW Content Library
Attendance & visitor spend doubles at ICC Sydney
Art Gallery of NSW expansion
Inaugural commission for Tank gallery
Best NSW restaurants & catering
Bathurst Co-op Marketing success
Sydney Running Festival success
FIBA Basketball World Cup kicks off
Waterfront Food and Wine Festival
First NSW Blue Plaque installed
Deadline extended for EV charger funding
ABS releases tourism jobs data
New Year’s Eve on Cahill Expressway
Bondi Pavilion reopening
Funding for major cultural festivals
Powerhouse Museum & University of Technology enter partnership
Development program for emerging leaders
Win-win for international students
Flags fly as Surf Life Saving patrols begin

16 September 2022 Supercharged events calendar boosts NSW visitor economy
Destination NSW greets inaugural Bengaluru flight to Sydney
Mudgee crowned Australia’s Top Tourism Town
NSW leads visitor arrivals
Have your say on cross-border costs
New CEO for Welcome to Country
UCI kicks off in Wollongong
Darling Harbour redevelopment
Aussies prioritise travel plans
$5 million to activate NSW heritage
Sydney bars scoop major awards
Sydney Running Festival
Disney announces first Aussie cruises
Australian Cruise Conference success
Connect to Country Issue 2
Sip & Savour Festival for Albury
South Coast hiring campaign
One week to Wanderer Festival
Partnering with Gamay Rangers
King-sized program announced for Parkes Elvis Festival
Macquarie Street East to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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Nature cabins open in Blue Mountains National Park
9 September 2022 Room occupancy rates & revenue rise in NSW
AirBnB analysis shows increase in non-urban bookings
ICC brings Gadigal Dreaming experience to Darling Harbour
New funding for business events in NSW
Vale Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Moody’s gives NSW triple-A tick
HMAS Adelaide site reopens to divers
Budget estimates hearings
New festival for Haymarket
Six Cities Discussion Paper released
ACCC approves Virgin codesharing
World Cup comes to Coffs Harbour
Jobs for people living with disability
Brighter future for NSW transport
Fire danger ratings toolkit
First Punthill property for regional NSW
NYE in Sydney Harbour National Park
Rex named Airline of the Year
New CBD Metro entrances
Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival
Tourism Minister visits Central West
Business events fact sheet released
Hospitality spending surges in NSW
Wollongong to host cruise conference
Indigenous Tourism Forum
NSW volunteers have their say
National Parks & Wildlife Service school holiday activities
Australian architects shortlisted for Powerhouse Ultimo Design Competition
Second jobs fair set for takeoff
Capella Hotels & Resorts to open first Australian property
Threatened species bouncing back in NSW rewilding sites
2 September 2022 Summer cruise renaissance for NSW
Excitement builds at NSW ports
New guide helps NSW businesses capture cruise excursion spending
Content Library adds port experiences
Australian Cruise Association hosts 2022 Conference
Destination NSW launches statewide co-op marketing campaigns
Legend of steam leads Heritage Expo
Aboriginal Community & Place Program
Featherdale celebrates 50 years
New COVID-19 rules from 9 September
Counting down to T20 in Sydney
Key outcomes from Tourism Jobs Summit
North Sydney hosts Feast for the Senses
Free Sydney All Nighter event
Destination Inspiration Event Series
Stay NSW & Parents NSW regulations
New program to get wine tourism ready
Retail spending rises in NSW
Weekend Sunrise visits Tweed region
Trial late-night precinct for Enmore
Sydney Airport welcomes Thai AirAsia X
Alfresco Restate Rebate
New opportunities to support and harness underwater forests
26 August 2022 Allianz Stadium opens its doors
Industry leaders head to SoundWest
Destination NSW welcomes new Destination Networks board directors
Duel in the Pool dazzles Sydney
Uptown Accelerator Grants closing soon
Western Sydney Mountain Bike Hub
Phantom of the Opera opening nights
Tastes Like Home heads to Paste restaurant
New vision for Central Station
Restoring world’s most iconic harbour
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Reforms for regional marinas
Carmen comes to Cockatoo Island
NYC update for Sydney WorldPride
NRL Grand Final tickets on sale
Bankstown’s Gig in the Garden
Hunter Valley Wine Show winners
Manly Jazz Festival announces program
Australia India Business Summit
Sydney Airport traffic for July 2022
Sydney Opera House introduces progressive dining experience
Entries open for National Banksia Sustainability Awards
19 August 2022 Aviation Attraction Fund lands extra Tokyo flights for NSW
New Aviation Training Facility for Sydney
Destination NSW launches content series with Curtis & Lindsay Stone
Have your say on Western Sydney Destination Management Plans
Aerotropolis gets ready for takeoff
Beauty and the Beast comes to Sydney
Stellar line-up for Night at the Barracks
Rail Trails Bill passes Parliament
Duel in the Pool kicks off in Bondi
Bays West Stage 1 rezoning
NSW casino regulation reforms
Wagga Wagga Spring Jam is back
HallyuPopFest draws 15,000 fans to Qudos
Short-term visitor arrivals for June
Celebrating 75 years of Indian independence
Room rates rise for Sydney hotels
Mundi Mundi Bash draws 8000 fans
Atlassian HQ construction
$68 million arts and cultural funding
Don’t miss out on a Crown Land Award
Iconic Freshwater ferries return to Sydney Harbour
Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan finalised
12 August 2022 New artwork puts the ‘feel’ in NSW
‘The Sunrise State’ artwork unveiled at Destination NSW
Destination NSW hosts Central River City workshop
Growing confidence in business events
Destination NSW heads to Australia Marketplace North America
EV charging grants webinar
Bruno Mars heads to new Allianz Stadium
‘Love the Dilly’ campaign launches
New spaces for Barangaroo
Stronger country communities fund
$40 million to get NSW active
Celebrating Port Stephens seafood
Duel in the Pool squad finalised
Best city & regional restaurants in NSW
Paul Hogan named Legend of Australia
Cruise season kicks off in Newcastle
Hospitality spending continues to rise
Madame Butterfly returns to Sydney Harbour
Professor Robynne Quiggin appointed to the Trust of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
AirAsia flying to 120 destinations
FlyPelican introduces Bathurst-Sydney flights
5 August 2022 Funding boost puts regional NSW on the map
Ben Franklin appointed Minister for Tourism
Destination NSW hosts Western Parklands City Workshop
Funding boost puts regional NSW on the map
North Coast awards celebrate local heroes
Sydney secures Tina Turner musical
New cultural museum for Chinatown
Central Coast Makers Trail Funding Boost
New Cinderalla tickets on sale
Funding for Wiradjuri Cultural Centre
Full steam ahead for Pyrmon revitalisation
Today Show visits Tablelands Trails
Improving boating infrastructure
Wine & spirit education for South Coast
Orange Winter Fire Festival
Record attendance at cultural institutions
Weekend Sunrise heads to Snowy Mountains
Opening celebrations for Allianz Stadium
Aboriginal rangers for national parks
More biodiversity protected in national park expansion
$1.6 millino to support Aboriginal languages
New Indigenous Australia course
Export market development grants
Racing to a better future
Coastal implementation grants open
Uptown Accelerator now open for applications
29 July 2022 International trade mission boosts NSW visitor economy
India to be Australia’s largest visitor market by 2030
Five new trails celebrate the best of the Southern Tablelands
NSW visitor economy businesses recognised on 2022 Best For The World list
Blackwattle Bay transformation
Extra cheers for the green and gold
Shared e-scooter trials roll out
$5 million for Orange Conservatorium
Free hospitality courses
Holiday Parks top travellers’ choice
Supercross secured for Newcastle
Sydney races to World Marathon status
Redfern on track for renewal
Blak Markets find new home in The Rocks
Natural disaster declared in two additional local government areas
22 July 2022 Top 4 destinations for domestic travellers to NSW
Winners announced at Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards for Excellence
Blue Mountains to host visitor economy sustainability forum
Trade mission to reboot NSW visitor economy
Taste of Seafood festivals for NSW
Madagascar The Musical
FIFA unveils Unity Pitch for World Cup
Australia’s best spot for stargazing
Wanderer Festival confirms venue
Visit Muogamarra Natural Reserve
Moama Lights returns to river country
8 weeks to go until 2022 UCI Championships
Seller applications open for Australia Marketplace UK & Europe 2022
Hunter Valley event funding
Thredbo Environment Week
15 July 2022 NSW No.1 for international visitors
Hospitality spending surges in NSW
Aboriginal flag to fly on Harbour Bridge
More help for NSW flood victims
North Coast Tourism Symposium
Sound West announces program
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Upgrade
Broke region prepares to reopen
Working holiday visa application boom
25 Martin Place precinct opens
Joey Mini World Cup heads to Lismore
Bankstown Bites is back
Successful start to Eden cruise season
ICC Sydney scoops international awards
Investment in regional arts touring delivers shows across NSW
Shoalhaven City Council event support
ACCC issues draft determination for Virgin Australia
Local arts and culture grants open
Nominations open for 2022 Sydney Awards
New Tesla charging stations for Griffith
Foot and mouth disease alert
How AI is revolutionising road maintenance
8 July 2022 Business events industry rebounds in NSW
NSW featured in global business events campaign
Growing demand for Aboriginal tourism experiences
Dine & Discover delivers billion dollar hospitality boost
NSW leads Austraila’s caravan holiday market
Information of flood relief
Aboriginal cultural space for Sydney
COVID-19 border restrictions lifted
Celtic & Everton head up Sydney Super Cup
School holidays skills to boost hospitality
Indigenous Business of the Year announced
Rail Trails framework released
Seats on sale for Duel in the Pool
Famed floral show comes to Sydney
Counting down to Phantom of the Opera
Hotel opens inside Sydney Airport
100 days T20
Vale Bill Roche
NSW Seniors Festival grants now open
Aboriginal joint management of National Parks to expand
Park’nPay goes live in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
The Giingan Gumbaynggir Cultural Experience is on again
Art Gallery of New South Wales partners with Optus
1 July 2022 NSW secures iconic creative conference South by Southwest
Strong signs of NSW visitor economy recovery in latest Visitor Survey results
New Destination Network structure goes live
National Indigenous Art Fair launches NAIDOC Week
Alfresco dining measures extended
Funding to build business cases
Staying COVID-19 safe these winter holidays
Celebrating NSW in Paris
Waranara First Nations tours return
Winter holiday fun in the regions
NRMA Ocean Beach & Darkinjung MoU
Free hospitality courses extended
Surf clubs catch $3 million funding wave
Sunrise visits Bathurst & Goulburn
Help shape the new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage System
$6 million available for local community groups
Local business projects set to drive regional growth
NSW Government connects newcomers with opportunities in Regional NSW
NSW Government invests in Aboriginal koala conservation
2021 Census results revealed
Free flu shots for all extended to 17 July