Tourism conference to showcase the city

Albany Advertiser

Albany will take centre stage when it hosts the 2017 WA Regional Tourism Conference in September.

The city will be the first to host the inaugural regional version of the conference, from September 11-13.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the City of Albany was proud to be hosting the conference.

“Securing high-profile events such as this is a cornerstone of our destination growth and the city is establishing a strong reputation as a regional city open for business and as a preferred host destination for many event organisers,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming WA’s key tourism industry professionals to Albany and are confident they will be impressed by Albany and the amazing South Coast.”

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The conference will be presented in partnership by Tourism Council WA, Visitor Centres WA, Caravan Industry Association WA, Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council and Australia’s South West.

Tourism WA chief executive Gwyn Dolphin said regional areas played a pivotal role in attracting visitors to the State.

“Albany and the Great Southern as a whole are a prime example of how regional tourism continues to evolve,” he said.

“Tourism WA is proud to support the region with sponsorship of this event, and ... marketing of other tourism assets, including the Anzac centenary celebrations and the National Anzac Centre, new infrastructure at The Gap and promotion of the region’s produce through Taste Great Southern and other events.”

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