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Hunter Business Chamber says NSW Government should get “on the move” with tourism

Release Date: 30/03/2017
The Tourism Division of the NSW Business Chamber says in an assessment of the NSW Government’s performance, the tourism sector needs clear strategies to draw more visitors to he regions.
Hunter Business Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said the On the Move Mid-Term Report Card assesses the Government’s performance against the Tourism Division’s 2015 pre-election priorities to grow, invest, secure and engage the tourism sector.
"Tourism in New South Wales is booming, contributing more than $37 billion to our state economy as well over a quarter of a million jobs. Much of this economic benefit goes to Sydney,” Bob said.
"We’re blessed here in the Hunter with a wide variety of magnificent drawcards that have the potential to host more visitors and tourists. Some obvious examples are our beaches, Lake Macquarie, our vineyards and of course Port Stephens.
"The Government should be applauded for some of the promising investments they’re delivering for us here in the Hunter, including the V8 Supercars race program and our brand new, permanent, multi-purpose cruise terminal facility at the Port of Newcastle.
"One of our challenges now is to leverage the robust visitation Sydney enjoys from overseas guests, visitors and tourists, and encourage more of them to visit us here in the Hunter.
"The NSW Business Chamber report also endorses the government’s newly established Destination Network framework. We also support this new framework, as one way to leverage strong tourism numbers in Sydney for the benefit of our region.
"It’s important that the local tourism organisations throughout our region seek to work closely with the newly formed Destination Network organisation, to ensure they get the best value rom the priorities and strategies that emerge from the regional action plan that we hope is developed.
"If the NSW Government is to grow regional tourism, it needs to provide the funding and policy attention that’s needed. The Government has an opportunity to continue its agenda and take up the priorities suggested by the NSW Business Chamber and leave the lasting legacy of a resilient visitor economy,” Bob said.
Media: Anita Hugo 0419 218 830 

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