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Mackay to host events conference

30 July 2014

Mackay’s economy will receive a boost, when it hosts more than two hundred event organisers from across Queensland, delivering on the Government’s promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.

Acting Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Tracy Davis said the conference would bring together industry professionals to network, share knowledge and learn about creating and growing a successful event in Queensland.

“The Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for tourism, Destination Success, outlines the need to nurture and support events to maximise benefits and grow regional tourism destinations,” Ms Davis said.

“The former Labor government ignored tourism, but we know that it grows regional economies and provides the jobs of the future.

“Events play an important role in driving visitation to Queensland’s regional areas, delivering significant economic and social benefits to the local community while providing a great opportunity to showcase the destination and its attractions. 

“The TEQ Regional Events Conference provides a valuable forum for event organisers, regional tourism organisations and local councils to develop their event management skills, marketing approaches and share information to maximise event outcomes.”

Mackay Tourism General Manager Stephen Schwer said Mackay Tourism was thrilled to host the TEQ Regional Events Conference in Mackay for the first time. 

“A welcome addition to our business events calendar, the TEQ Regional Events Conference will give local operators first-hand access to tourism and events industry experts right in their own backyard,” Mr Schwer said.

“Mackay boasts a dynamic event calendar including the River to Reef Ride, River Rock to Mountain Top Community Festival and the Mackay Beach Horse Racing Festival.”

The sixth Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Events Conference will take place from 7 to 9 November 2014 at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. It is held annually as part of the TEQ Regional Development Program, designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits to regional Queensland. A full event program will be launched in the coming weeks. 

[ENDS] 30 July 2014

Media Contacts: Minister Stuckey’s office: 3719 7240 
Tourism and Events Queensland: 3535 5020