2022 North Coast Tourism Symposium & Gala Awards Dinner

2022 North Coast Tourism Symposium & Gala Awards Dinner

The annual North Coast Tourism Symposium & Awards Gala Dinner was held in Grafton on 28 July 2022.

Jointly hosted by Destination North Coast and Clarence Valley Council, the North Coast Tourism Symposium & Awards Gala Dinner presented as an important opportunity to bring the tourism industry together after such a tumultuous period.

North Coast Tourism Symposium – Saraton Theatre

The Symposium kicked off with an energetic and thought provoking start with key note presentations;

Leading futurist Steve Sammartino who challenged the audience to think big whilst remaining agile and adaptable to changing situations, Stewart Moore CEO of Earthcheck provided some great insights into the opportunities that embracing the wellness sector and integrating sustainability practices into all aspects of your business presents and leading AI, Metaverse and Web3 expert Dr Catriona Wallace opened up all of our minds to what technology is currently available and the enormous potential that it will unleash moving forward. 

Hearing from these three leading practitioners in their field of expertise wasn’t enough though, as we wanted them to battle it out for the future of our industry! The resulting panel session was a highly engaging and entertaining debate of the merits of each sector and how they will help transform tourism. Who won? No surprises here, but all three elements of foresight and ambition, technology and human capital will be vital moving forward to ensure we reach our potential.

The audience received updates from Tourism Australia on the state of the international market and how best to leverage the great work that they do, Destination NSW provided an insightful presentation into the development, rollout and collaborative opportunities that exist with their new brand platform ‘Feel New’ and Destination North Coast provided a regional update highlighting key programs and the North Coast’s role in achieving the ambitious state and national 2030 targets.

National Parks & Wildlife Service gave a North Coast update and an in depth look into the incredibly exciting redevelopment of the Arc Rainforest Centre and the new Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk Earthcheck the consultants engaged to assist in the development of the refreshed North Coast Destination Management Plan were able to provide an early look into the key themes that will be introduced into the revised document.

To wrap the day up the fantastic team at Clarence Valley Council informed the audience on the great work that they are doing to beautify key locations for both locals and visitors, the depth of experience on offer in the destination and their vision for tourism moving forward. 

Please find the final symposium program and speaker presentations and event images here.

Awards Gala Dinner – The Barn, Grafton Showground

North Coast Awards Gala Dinner presents as a celebration of success and an opportunity to publicly recognising some outstanding industry champions who make a real difference especially during times of crisis. It was also an opportunity to showcase produce and entertainment from the Clarence Valley and of course to catch up with industry colleagues and friends.

Please find our 2022 Local Tourism Heroes and event images here.

2021 North Coast Tourism Symposium & Gala Awards Dinner

The 2021 North Coast Tourism Symposium, co-hosted by Bellingen Shire Council, was held on 24 June 2021 in Urunga.

The Symposium Program and Presentations delivered by our expert speakers are available here.

Also please find the 2021 Local Tourism Heroes here along with images from both events.

2019 North Coast Tourism Symposium & Gala Awards Dinner

The 2019 North Coast Tourism Symposium, co-hosted by Kempsey Shire Council, was held on August 1st at South West Rocks Country Club.

The presentations delivered by our expert speakers are available here.