Two more significant conferences have been confirmed for Newcastle next year, bringing the total number confirmed for 2011, to date, to a respectable 13.
Conventions Manager with the Newcastle Convention Bureau RUTH APPLEBY says all up this will translate into 5,000 delegates for 16,500 room nights and an economic impact of approximately $6,062,930.
“This a positive sign that conference business is coming back after a relatively quiet 2010.”
“There is still some resistance in the corporate sector booking regional locations for its conferences. But the ‘association’ market has shown more resilience and Newcastle is well-placed to respond to the requirements of the ‘association’ sector.”
The two new bookings include the Homebirth Australia National conference, which is expected to bring 300 delegates to the city next August and the Community Transport Organisation Conference, which should bring 150 delegates to the city next October.
“Together these two conferences have an estimated economic impact of $434,000,” says Ms Appleby.
In addition to these conferences, the city will be hosting several other significant events next year including:
- Tennis Seniors’ National Championships: 14 days, 1600 participants and supporters over two weeks
- Ulysees Club AGM: 8000 attendees for seven days
- Caravan and Camping Show: 300 – 400 exhibitor staff plus an anticipated 10,000 attendees to the show
- National Marist Schools’ Basketball Titles: 350 – 400 participants for five days
Newcastle Convention Bureau is part of the Tourism and Economic Development Services Unit at The City of Newcastle and has been marketing Newcastle and the surrounding areas as a conference destination for the past 18 years.