Destination NSW last week held a Good Governance Workshop for the directors of each Destination Network and a NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 induction for the new directors who joined the seven boards on 1 July 2022.
Destination Networks are the champions of the visitor economy in regional NSW, engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders to identify, prioritise and facilitate opportunities for the visitor economy growth of each region.
Destination Networks coordinate destination management planning and work closely with local government, local tourism organisations and visitor economy operators across regional NSW. They are also responsible for developing and implementing their region’s Destination Management Plan in partnership with Destination NSW and visitor economy stakeholders in each region.
The workshop was an opportunity for Destination NSW General Manager Policy, Product and Engagement Stephen Mahoney to introduce the agency’s new Director Regional Hub Tim Loxton to the Destination Networks.
Mr Loxton this month joined Destination NSW to continue the roll out of the Government’s strategy to grow the visitor economy of regional NSW.
Prior to joining Destination NSW, Mr Loxton was Group General Manager Tourism Businesses at New Zealand’s Tourism Holdings following an almost 15-year stint with the Flight Centre Travel Group.
“It was a great opportunity to meet the Destination Network directors and general managers in my first week at Destination NSW and learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing regional NSW,” Mr Loxton said.
“I am looking forward to working with the Destination Networks and stakeholders statewide to achieve the NSW Visitor Economy Strategy’s goal of $25 billion in regional overnight visitor expenditure by 2030.”