Minister to open conference

NSW Tourism Minister Jodi McKay will officially open the first Tourism Symposium in the Northern Rivers next Monday at the Byron at Byron Resort.

CEO of Northern Rivers Tourism, Russell Mills, said organisers were delighted Ms McKay saw the symposium as important enough to take time out of a Parliamentary sitting week to come and speak to delegates.

Mr Mills said Ms McKay was  very supportive of the work being doing in the Northern Rivers.

He said there had been an excellent response to the ‘Innovate and Prosper’ Tourism Symposium which was being held in Byron Bay, with only a few places remaining.

“In fact, the symposium has appeal to a wide cross-section of business which interacts with tourists in our region,” said Mr Mills.

“Apart from direct employment in tourism businesses, a significant number of other businesses share in the economic contribution that tourism makes to our region.

“For example, a hire car needs servicing and fuel, or a café needs staff and food supplies – these are provided by local businesses along the supply chain.”

Keynote speakers at the symposium include Dick Porter, co-founder of the world’s biggest youth travel business, STA Travel; Dr Tony Webber, the chief economist for Qantas; and Matthew Hingerty, the managing director of the Australian Tourism Export Council.

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