DSSS VE Symposium 2023 & DNSW Workshops

Visitor Economy Symposium 2023

Have you registered to secure your place at the Visitor Economy Symposium coming up later this month?

We are excited to announce a feature of the program will be Aboriginal Education Workshops with Gumaraa. Gumaraa is an Aboriginal cultural experience and education company that delivers authentic Indigenous experiences for all, based on the traditions of the Dharawal and Yuin Nation.

The theme for the day is ‘Better Together’ and you’ll also hear from guest speakers and industry leaders, including Destination NSW and Tourism Australia.

Get an insider update on an exciting new DSSS project ‘Face to Face Fundamentals’ with Aaron Matis, our Industry Development Manager. Deep dive in to key sector topics, such as agritourism, skills, EV charging stations and much more!

We invite you to stay on for the industry networking event to follow.

   When:  Thursday 25th May, 2023
   Time:  9am to 4.30pm, with networking to follow
   Where:  The Pavilion Kiama

All welcome and registration is essential for this free event.
Register now

Register now for NSW First Webinars in May

Destination NSW will deliver three webinars during May to showcase opportunities for visitor economy businesses to target and promote to specific visitor groups.
A two-part webinar series, taking place on 16 and 18 May, in collaboration with Husbands that Travel, will share insights into the needs and considerations of LGBTQIA+ visitors and provide tips to tailor experience delivery and promotion to provide an inclusive and welcoming experience.
On 24 May, a webinar showcasing the opportunity to create EV-friendly road trip experiences in regional NSW by offering and promoting EV chargers, and includes information on the NSW Destination Charging Grants Program from the Office of Environment and Climate Change.
Register for the webinars now:
The webinars are part of the NSW First Program, delivered by Destination NSW to assist NSW visitor economy businesses to develop, promote and sell great visitor experiences.

Sustainability Skills Micro-credentials

NSW visitor economy businesses can build their sustainability skills for free with new online micro-credentials offered by Destination NSW, in partnership with EarthCheck.
The Sustainability Skills Micro-credentials are:
  • Sustainability 101
  • Sustainability Management, and
  • Sustainability and your Experience Delivery.

Completing these online courses will help visitor economy businesses to:
  • Increase operational efficiency and reduce costs 
  • Increase their sustainability knowledge
  • Deliver on consumer demand for sustainable experiences
  • Implement practical solutions in their business
  • Build a reputation through sustainable action.

Expressions of interest close at 11:59pm on 19 May 2023. Places are limited. Successful applicants will be notified by email and provided with log-in details to commence the micro-credentials. Participants have until Tuesday 31 October 2023 to complete the three courses.
Find out more + submit an EOI
Destination NSW has also released new Quick Tips for Creating Sustainable Experiences online, to help NSW businesses on their sustainability journey.
The Sustainability Skills Micro-credentials and Quick Tips are part of the NSW First Program, delivered by Destination NSW to assist NSW visitor economy businesses to develop, promote and sell great visitor experiences.

Vote for your Top Tourism Town

The countdown is on! Only one week left to vote for your Top Tourism Town!

NSW Top Tourism Town Awards celebrate our state’s diverse and outstanding regional destinations. The Awards provide communities, business chambers, visitor centres and local governments the opportunity to showcase how their town encourages tourism development, increases visitation and drives the visitor economy for our state.
It’s time to cast your vote and support the towns that make travelling so special. Whether it’s the quaint streets, stunning scenery, or friendly locals, these towns deserve to be recognised. Let’s come together and celebrate the best of the best!

A big congratulations to the DSSS townships who are finalists this year and GOOD LUCK!!
  • Tiny Top Tourism Towns (population less than 1,500)
    • Huskisson
    • Kangaroo Valley
  • Small Top Tourism Towns (population more than 1,500 to 5,000)
    • Berry
    • Sussex Inlet
  • Top Tourism Towns (population over 5,000)
    • Shellharbour
    • Ulladulla
    • Wollongong
Vote for your Top Tourism Town
Image: Last year’s winning town representatives from the Shoalhaven. Credit: NSW Tourism Awards