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The Federal Government has announced it will continue providing a national accommodation survey, the Australian Accommodation Monitor (AAM), through a new arrangement with global data analytics provider STR. The AAM will collect detailed information on occupancy rates and business takings from hotels, motels and serviced apartments across metropolitan and regional Australia. Results from the AAM for the 2016–17 financial year will be published in July 2018, with subsequent results published each October. Read more.

The Destination Canberra Conference will be held from Thursday 15 – Friday 16 February 2018 at QT Canberra. This year’s conference theme ‘Customer Centricity’ provides a platform for delegates to hear from thought-provoking industry leaders and connect with like-minded tourism industry members.

The program offers an inspirational line-up of local and national speakers including leading social commentator Bernard Salt; General Motors Holden Australia’s General Manager Marketing Communications, Natalie Davey; Tourism Australia’s Executive General Manager International Phillip Harrison and Lonely Planet’s Director of Sales and Marketing (Asia Pacific) Chris Zeiher. Download the program or click here to register before the cut-off on February 2.


The 2018 LGNSW Tourism Conference will be held from Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 March in Parkes, NSW. The theme for this years conference is ‘Tourism: It all adds up!’.

Program highlights include a half-day session and workshop for Accredited Visitor Information Centre staff; an address from The Hon Adam Marshall MP, Minister for Tourism and Major Events; a presentation and interactive workshop on running effective marketing campaigns; a panel discussion on agri-tourism and more.

ART Directors, Linda Tillman and Coralie Bell will be presenting at the conference, which is ideal for anyone working in or with Local Government in NSW. Early-bird registrations close January 22. Click to view the draft program or download the Conference brochure.


The NT Government has announced the launch of a Business Events Support Fund in 2018 to allow the NT to more aggressively compete for lucrative business events opportunities. Under the new Fund, business events planners or organisations who decide to stage a business event in the NT will be able to apply for financial assistance of $100 per delegate, up to a maximum of $50,000 per event. Read more.

ART would like to acknowledge the following members and encourage those who have achieved recent success or have a relevant announcement to share with our community to email

South Australia Tourism Commission
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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse

Narrandera Shire Council

Destination Norfolk Island

Murray Regional Tourism

Bathurst Regional Council

C Q University

Alice Event Management and Consultancy
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Tilma Group

Kiikstart Pty Ltd

Asian Holiday Australia Pty Ltd


Today, cruise is a booming global industry that’s opening up new destinations, ports, island and regional tourism opportunities. While injecting much needed spend into local economies and delivering positive economic impacts to cruise ready destinations, this boom is generating a new level of demand for locations, experiences, services and products in cities and regional and coastal locations.

If you’re interested to know if your destination would be appealing for the cruise industry or whether the investment would stack-up, or want to look at how to grow your cruise business, get in touch with ART member, The B Hive for more information on Cruise Feasibility Studies.

The 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards will be held at Optus Stadium in Perth on Friday 23rd of February. The awards, which have been operating for more than 30 years, recognise and celebrate businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence.

Good luck to all ART members and regional finalists!