Scot MacDonald
28th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Hunter tourism businesses to engage with upcoming workshops and on demand webcasts to help them develop, promote and sell their products to visitors from across Australia and the world.

A strategy workshop will be held Tuesday 21st August from 9am at Rydges Newcastle, 350 Wharf Rd, Newcastle.

A manager forum will be held Wednesday 22nd August from 1pm, also at Rydges Newcastle.

“I am pleased that tourism operators in the Hunter will have the opportunity to expand their skills and grow their business by attending these fantastic workshops and webcasts, which are being offered through the NSW Government,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Our beautiful region has so much on offer and we must ensure that our local tourism operators continue to provide the very best products and experiences to international and domestic visitors.

“The more visitors we can attract, the more heads on hotel beds, diners in restaurants and shoppers in boutiques, all driving the local economy and creating more jobs.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall said that 2018-19 Program includes the addition of two new workshop categories.

“The NSW First Program offers the NSW tourism industry the tools and knowledge needed to gain a competitive edge, and we’re delighted to announce that this year’s Program includes two new workshops as well as 11 webcasts, which can be accessed by industry 24/7,” Mr Marshall said.

“We’ve consulted with our six Destination Networks across the State and heard their ideas for upskilling our tourism businesses and growing the visitor economy in NSW.

“We have created a statewide Program that now includes a new Tourism Manager Forum and Tourism Development Workshop to help build product development capacity across rural and regional NSW.

32 face-to-face workshops and 11 new on-demand webcasts will be delivered for NSW tourism businesses in 2018-19.

To view the full 2018-19 NSW First Program and to register, go to