Alan James OAM, General Manager of the Darwin Entertainment Centre, will deliver the Event Tourism in Regional Australia Keynote at the Australian Event Symposium on 17 November 2015.
James’ long career in events and entertainment at the Top End and around the world has seen him manage the internationally renowned Northern Territory Yothu Yindi band, head up the Yothu Yindi Foundation for two decades and co-found the Garma Festival.
His extensive experience demonstrates the power of events to promote, understand and celebrate people and culture.
James was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2005 for his service to the Arts.
James joins a strategically important line-up of industry leading speakers at the Symposium, including the likes of John Harnden, CEO of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Lyn Lewis-Smith, President of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, and Nigel Chamier, Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.
The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, NSW State Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Sport will open the two day Events, Tourism and Destination Branding themed Symposium.
The second day of the Symposium will feature a series of focus sessions exploring niche areas of the theme, including accessibility, social media and destination marketing for local and regional events.
Event tourism in business, sporting, cultural and regional contexts will be addressed over both days.
The Symposium will be held in Sydney on 17 and 18 November 2015. Registrations can be completed at www.eventsymposium.com.au.
The Symposium is held in conjunction with the Australian Event Awards which will be held in the evening of the 17 November.