New Newcastle Convention Bureau (NCB) head Georgia Murphy has joined the organisation in one of the city’s busiest years, with confirmed conference and event activity for 2011 equating to more than 20,000 room nights and an overall economic impact in excess of $6.5 million.
A range of domestic and international events feature on Newcastle’s 2011 calendar, including the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s New Leaders’ Conference (May 4-8), Homebirth Australia’s National Conference (August 19-21) and the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine Association’s Annual Scientific Meeting (October 6-8).
Georgia expects the already healthy calendar to get even busier in coming months, reporting a recent influx of enquiries for late-2011 events.
“The NCB has been receiving a number of enquiries for bookings in the second half of the year of late, indicating the trend towards short lead times is not yet waning,” said Georgia.
“A large portion of enquiries have been for domestic, small- to medium-sized events, for which Newcastle offers a great variety of options in terms of both accommodation and events venues. We’re really looking forward to adding events to our calendar before the year is out.
Georgia joined the NCB earlier this year as the business tourism and conventions developer, bringing 15 years of experience in the events industry to the role, previously heading up the sales team at Civic Precinct Newcastle, managing venues such as Newcastle City Hall, Civic Theatre, The Playhouse and Fort Scratchley.
Relocating from Sydney’s north shore some years ago to pursue study, Georgia now calls Newcastle home.
“Newcastle is a vibrant, culturally-rich and historic city offering the diversity of facilities, locations and experiences expected from a modern city, plus a few surprises,” said Georgia.
“It’s a fantastic destination for meetings and conferences of all shapes and sizes and I’m delighted to be playing a key role in spreading this word.”
Georgia has joined the Bureau in the same year Newcastle was named one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011.
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