Australian Regional Tourism Convention

The ART 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. The 2022 ART Convention theme is Regional Australia – Paving the way for a stronger Visitor Economy.

Australian Regional Tourism and convention partner, City of Ballarat, are pleased to be holding the 2022 ART Convention in Ballarat, Victoria, from 10-12 October 2022.

The Convention provides a forum to discuss, debate and investigate solutions to issues, challenges and opportunities facing regional tourism. The Convention is for all sectors of the tourism industry to exchange ideas about ways to grow a sustainable regional destination and to showcase best practice success.

In 2022, ART will also be hosting the Agritourism Conference, a one-off event bringing together the agricultural and tourism sectors to unearth authentic regional Australian stories, and to better understand the opportunities and barriers of agritourism and development. ART are excited to deliver this additional day on Thursday 13 October to unlock this emerging sector aiming to influence policy and drive regulatory change.

Early Bird Registrations are now available through The Tourism Hub. Not a Hub member? Sign up here

Important update for existing Hub users:
If you are already registered for The Tourism Hub and haven’t logged in for a while, you will notice some changes we have been making!
When you first login you may be prompted to update your profile, you’ll need to make these changes (required fields and upload a profile pic) before you are able to proceed to The Hub site or register for ART Convention 2022.

New Hub users will be required to upload a profile picture to their account before they can proceed to The Hub site and prior to registering for ART Convention 2022.

If you have any issues in accessing The Hub or registering for Convention, please contact ART Convention Coordinator, Karly Fynn: convention@regionaltourism.com.au

Convention Program

View the ARTC22 Program Highlights.

Pre-Convention Famils

The City of Ballarat have put together a fantastic pre-convention famil program with four famil options on offer. To find out more about each of the famils and to book you place, log into The Tourism Hub.

  • Producers – Taste  your way around just some of the amazing producers in the Ballarat region and surrounds.
  • Major Attractions –  There’s changes afoot at Ballarat’s attractions. Get the low down on the “why” and “how” and what this means going forward.
  • Indulgence – As the name suggests, “indulge” in wellness, food and accommodation. These venues are at the top of their game and have been for a while.
  • Creative City – An exclusive walking tour that takes in the evolution of the City of Ballarat’s award-winning Creative City Strategy.

Getting to Ballarat

The closest airport to Ballarat is Avalon or Tullamarine in Melbourne. From there it is a 1hr 15 minute drive.

Ballarat Airport Shuttlebus offers a shuttle service between Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and Ballarat.

Convention partners