Scot MacDonald
23rd May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the NSW Government will triple the number of free webcasts for Central Coast tourism operators in 2017 in response to the growing need for online learning amongst rural and regional tourism operators.

The NSW First program is developed and implemented by the Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The program aims to help NSW tourism businesses develop, promote and sell their products.

Mr MacDonald said the 2017 program will include 18 interactive online training events which is three times the number offered in 2016.

“This expanded program of online webcasts and webinars allows Central Coast tourism operators to log in, learn, and ask questions of tourism experts, from a location that suits them,” Mr MacDonald said.

“In 2016 Destination NSW found 73 per cent of all webinar attendees were from rural and regional NSW.

 “The focus of this year’s program is to create more online and on-demand content, which is user-friendly, convenient, accessible and free-of-charge.”

“If for some reason tourism operators can’t log in for the live webcast, they can always log in later to view the presentation at a time that suits them”.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said this year 19 export-ready businesses from NSW will be exhibiting for the first time at the Australian Tourism Exchange, which is more new exhibitors than any other state.

“As a result of last year’s NSW First program and the advice and support of experts from the State’s tourism agency, we are now seeing 37 new tourism products being offered in international markets, and more than half of those new tourism products come from rural and regional NSW.

“These workshops take a ‘how-to’ focus, giving the hard-working tourism operators advice on how to access funding, how to engage traditional and digital media, how to target specific sectors including youth or Aboriginal tourism, and how to become export-ready.”

To view the schedule for the initial phase NSW First Workshop program for 2017, and to register, go to

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