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New Tourism Networks

(July 2016)

The Regional Tourism Organisation Review has finally concluded and Stuart Ayres, Minister for Tourism (and others), anounced the results on 6th July.

In summary the changes that were announced are:

  • The existing 11 RTOs are to be replaced by 6 Destination Networks to be established as Companies
  • Guaranteed operational funding for 4 years for the Destination Networks
  • Redesigned Regional Visitor Economy Fund application process
  • Increased $3.5 million (over 4 years) funding for the Regional Visitor Economy Contestable Fund
  • Additional $1 million each year for the Regional Flagship Events Program
  • Commissioning of a new state-wide Destination Management Plan
  • Creation of a new DNSW Regional Division, including a Regional Conferencing Unit.

The Blue Mountains (along with Hawkesbury and Penrith) have been included in the "Sydney Surrounds North"  Network.  This Regional Network also also includes the Hunter and Upper Hunter, Central Coast, Newcastle and Port Stevens. 

Our DNSW representative, Mr Jason Sacriz, attended our August meeting to hear our concerns and to answer questions.  Find out what he had to say in the meeting minutes - in the Members Area.

DNSW has called for applicants to fill the positions of the 5 Directors for each of the 6 Destination Networks.  We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.

For more information, download the following documents

S. Chipchase letter

S. Ayres letter

DNSW Media Release

 

 

 

 

Destination Networks (pdf)

 

 

Director's Information Pack (pdf)