Council is gearing up to host the WA Regional Tourism Conference at the Red Earth Arts Precinct in two weeks.

It will be the first time the tourism industry’s leading State conference has been held in the North West and only the second time it has been held in a regional location, which is a coup for the City of Karratha.

In another first, the event also include a full-day Aboriginal Tourism Conference on September 16 followed by two jam-packed days of presentations, break-out sessions, training workshops and tours on September 17 and 18.

The impressive line-up of keynote speakers and panellists includes Australian Traveller Media managing director Quentin Long, Tourism Tribe managing director Liz Ward, City of Perth economic development principal John Fish, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, Tourism WA managing director Brodie Carr, Tourism Australia industry relations manager Kristy Carstairs and Tourism WA marketing and partnerships executive director Anthony Hayes.

Held across three days, the conference offers local tourism operators a fantastic opportunity for professional and business development, network and engagement with industry colleagues and hear from these experts about critical issues facing the industry and innovative ideas.

Hosting this major event will provide ongoing benefits to our local economy, with the event predicted to inject more than a quarter of a million dollars into the local economy, according to modelling by the Tourism Council of WA.

Council is confident it will boost our emerging tourism industry and put Karratha in the map, complementing our Karratha is Calling place-branding campaign.

The WA Regional Tourism Conference is suitable for anyone working within or servicing the tourism industry or who has an interest in this fast-growing sector. I encourage you to view the program online via the Tourism Council of WA’s website at www.watourismconference.com.au

Registrations close on September 6.