Scot MacDonald
21st Jul 2017

The NSW Government has today announced that the headquarters for the Destination Network Sydney Surrounds North will be established in Gosford.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC welcomed the announcement and said the Destination Network will have its headquarters out of the Central Coast Council Smart Hub in Gosford.

“I am delighted to announce that Destination Sydney Surrounds North will operate from Gosford, enabling the Destination Network team to work in close collaboration with our local tourism industry,” Mr MacDonald said.

“We are entering an exciting time for regional tourism across the State, with the NSW Government committed to attracting more visitors to our destinations and tourism experiences.”

“Tourism is worth $844 million to the Central Coast and projected to increase so any support we can give to help drive those numbers up is great news for the Central Coast.”

“With Sydney Surrounds North stretching from the Blue Mountains to the Upper Hunter, more activity across our regions means more jobs and boosted local economies and we look forward to working with the Destination Network team to drive further overnight visitation.”

In addition to the headquarters announcement, Chair of the Destination Network Sydney Surrounds North David Fellows said he was pleased to announce the appointment of Glenn Caldwell to the role of General Manager.

“Mr Caldwell comes to this important role with more than 15 years of experience in tourism and major events management having worked in both corporate and government environments,” Mr Fellows said.

“As Tourism Manager for the Coffs Coast, Mr Caldwell successfully delivered the first regional Destination Management Plan, including a review of visitor services, tourism rebrand and the delivery of comprehensive major event strategy so we are delighted to have him on board.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the Government is turbocharging regional tourism across the State and the new Destination Networks are key to heightening the momentum, boosting the State’s visitor economy.

“The NSW Government is committed to accelerating growth in this vitally important industry, and our $43 million investment to boosting the way rural and regional areas attract visitor’s cements our perseverance to ensuring our State remains number one.”

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