Media Release – 2 March 2011

The inaugural Tourism Connect Canberra and Region Symposium 2011 will be held on Thursday 24th March at The National Convention Centre in Canberra. 

“This is the first time such an event has happened in Canberra,” said President of the National Capital Attractions Association, Heather Millard.

“This Symposium will bring together local industry members, tourism experts and staff from all areas of the Canberra and Region tourism industry to inspire, create and lead in their tourism businesses. Both the Federal Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, and ACT Minister for Tourism, Andrew Barr, are taking part in the Symposium.

“Tourism operators of all sizes will be given the opportunity to discuss and motivate others in the industry thus promoting growth in tourism products as we move towards Canberra’s centenary in 2013.

“The Symposium is a step towards raising awareness and increasing support of our tourism operators through both local and Federal Government,” she continued.

The Symposium is run by Tourism Connect, a partnership between the National Capital Attractions Association, Tourism Industry Council ACT & Region and the Australian Government through the federally funded TQUAL Grants program.  Tourism Connect will deliver industry training and development, a new online information resource for industry operators and a new website that will help improve communication and collaboration across industry sectors. 

“One of the Canberra tourism industry’s major challenges is that we have everything from small privately owned tourism businesses to major government funded tourist attractions. This Symposium is a great example of how we call all work towards a common goal and how a federally funded tourism program can help create real results for our local businesses,” she concluded.

Tourism operators from Canberra and the Capital region can find out more about the Symposium and register at www.tourismconnect.com.au

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