Australian Regional Tourism Convention

The Tweed, 23-25 October 2018

Australian Regional Tourism Convention (ARTC) is the most significant event in our industry’s calendar. From 23-25 October, the regional tourism community will come together to discuss, debate and celebrate innovation.

The 2018 ARTC theme is “pushing the boundaries”. What does the future of regional tourism look like? What small changes can we make today to see big results tomorrow?

Full registrations for members and non members available – please click link below.

Day registrations have been released for both Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th priced at @$780 per day (excluding social functions and breakfast). Please click link below and provide discount code (when prompted) DAYWED for Wednesday and DAYTHURS for Thursday.

(Please note once you have clicked through to this page, you can nominate to pay by credit card or a tax invoice may be issued if preferred.)



Program highlights

  1. Learn how to foster sustainable growth with Nigel Collin, a memorable speaker and business coach. Nigel will share strategies from his business help book, “Game of Inches”.
  2. Explore agritourism in regional and rural Australia. What are its challenges and opportunities? Learn about the national strategic priorities identified and next steps.
  3. Got a problem that needs a fresh perspective? Share your challenges and work with others to create solutions – practical, collaborative problem solving at its best!
  4. With fewer Destination Management Plans being commissioned, how should we focus our strategies right now? We’ll explore two contrasting ends of the destination management spectrum: digital marketing strategies and product development strategies.




Our 2018 convention will be held at Salt Village, Kingscliff, 30 minutes north of Byron Bay and just 15 minutes south of the Gold Coast Airport.

The venue is right on the doorstep of award-winning restaurants and bars, popular shops and retail outlets, bike paths, and the beautiful Salt Beach.

Take a look:

Salt Village have put together an amazing menu for delegates to take advantage of on their free evening – Wednesday 24th. Please note bookings are essential. Click here for details.

Who should attend?

The convention is a must-attend event for local councils, regional tourism organisations, tourism professionals, business and government personnel who wish to contribute to the future of regional tourism in Australia.

Convention on the Move Program for Study Groups

Destination Tweed are hosting three industry famils on Tuesday 23 October. These tours are a wonderful way to get out and explore The Tweed whilst providing hands on opportunities for industry to learn more about agri and food tourism, farm tourism and aquatic and nature tour. Please click below link to book. – AGRI AND FOOD TOURISM INDUSTRY TOUR – FARM DAY TOURISM INDUSTRY TOUR – T W E E D A Q U AT I C A N D N AT U R E T O U R


Exploring the Tweed

The 2018 ART convention is travelling to the Tweed, in far north-eastern New South Wales. The Tweed is rich in history, offering you plenty of site-seeing opportunities, local hospitality and breathtaking coastal and country scenery. Local restaurants offer fresh seasonal local produce from the Tweed and Northern Rivers regions. Find out more.

Discounted accommodation

We are pleased to offer delegates a generous discount on accommodation rates at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa. The convention venue, Salt Village (Peppers and Mantra), is conveniently located within 15 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport. The venue boasts natural and extensive grounds perfect for exploring and networking.

Visit the registration page to book your discounted accommodation. If your preferred hotel isn’t available, please contact the event organisers at


Qantas are the proud sponsor of the Australian Regional Tourism Convention. Delegates have access to 10% discount on domestic flights within Australia. Please click below to book.

Transfer Options

There are a number of transfer options to assist in getting you to/from Gold Coast Airport – Salt Village as listed below. Please mention you are attending ART Convention at time of booking.

Leisure Coast Transfer Service

Ph: 0409 661 589

Indicative price @$70 per person (1 – 3 people) Indicative price @$16.50 per person (4 people +)

Tweed Heads Taxi Service

Ph: 1300 656 818 (from outside Tweed shire)

Ph: 131 008 (from within Tweed shire)

Indicative price @$50 per car each way

If you need assistance coming to/from Brisbane, please email

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

Our convention partners receive generous exposure for their brands, while contributing to the sustainability and vibrancy of Australia’s local communities. Please email if you are interested and a sponsorship prospectus will be forwarded to you.

Help us spread the word!

This convention helps drive the advancement of regional tourism across Australia. If you’re part of the regional tourism community, we invite you to help spread the word by sharing the event details in your e-newsletters, on social media and elsewhere.

Join the online conversation using the event hashtag #ARTC2018

Convention partners