CRISPY FRESH: A local surfer making the most of a clean little winter session at one of Byron's internationally famous surf breaks.
CRISPY FRESH: A local surfer making the most of a clean little winter session at one of Byron's internationally famous surf breaks. slideaholics.com

OPINION: A must for local tourism industry

ALL tourism operators make a note in your diaries for August 14 and 15, in Byron as Destination Byron host its second tourism symposium and a series of tourism-related events, culminating in the North Coast Tourism Awards.

The inaugural symposium in 2014 was widely applauded and very much appreciated by the 80-plus industry operators who attended.

We hope to capitalise on our previous success and again offer high quality key note speakers and extremely relevant panel discussions.

This year's theme will be Byron Tourism 2020, and will look at what our destination looks like and what will impact us in the next five years.

Topics up for discussions will include food tourism, sports tourism including the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, business events and the international market, especially the Chinese and south-east Asian markets.

Speakers will include specialist in each of these areas both locally based or with state and national significance.

Following the Symposium, a welcome dinner will be held to showcase our world-class array of local produce in collaboration with Northern Rivers Food.

On Saturday we will offer tours of some of the newest attractions and businesses in the Byron Shire for local and visiting operators.

Then we will finish the day off in black tie attire to celebrate the best of the best of the North Coast Tourism industry.

Sunday can then be spent experiencing the final day of the Bangalow Music Festival as icing on the cake of an amazing weekend.

This event will highlight why Byron Shire is such a significant destination on the tourism landscape.

For more information contact renae@destination byron.com.au.


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