About Us

ARTN - Australian Regional Tourism Network

Regional tourism is a vital sector of the Australian economy and key to the sustainability and vibrancy of many of our communities.  Nearly half of the nation’s tourism expenditure $107.1 Billion* occurs in regional Australia.  As well, tourism employs 534,000* people directly in tourism related industries, which is more Australians than mining and more than forestry, agriculture and fishing combined.

The people who make up this industry are dedicated, passionate and world class visionaries.  The ARTN is the peak body that represents these regional tourism practitioners and acts as a hub for collaboration, cooperation, ideas generation, knowledge sharing, networking and so much more.  The ARTN, on behalf of its members, advocates the fostering of sustainable regional development and amplifies key messages to government, other industries and industry sectors, researchers, educators and the public.

*Source: Tourism Research Australia (TRA)

Our Priorities

Each year, the ARTN consults closely with its members to identify key areas of priority. In 2015-2016, our Top Priorities being;

  • Drive best practice Destination Management in line with Federal Government initiatives;
  • Continue to advance tourism as a priority for all levels of government, with cross portfolio, whole-of-Government coordination;
  • Continue to advocate for a national focus on Visitor Information Centres;
  • Provide the link between economic development, tourism and other industry sectors;
  • Provide initiatives for regional tourism product and experience development;
  • Increase the regional tourism network, knowledge sharing and research transfer;
  • Listen to, assist and support our members.

Our Achievements

The ARTN continues to achieve significant gains for its members and for regional tourism as a whole. To date, the ARTN’s activities have included;

  • Successful production of 14 annual Australian Regional Tourism Conventions (considered the premier annual event for regional tourism practitioners)
  • Development of the Guide to Best Practice Destination Management
  • Provision of support and advice to member organisations in times of crisis (floods, fires, dust storms, oil spills, economic crises and industry upheavals)
  • Continued updating of ARTN's website to provide relevant and user friendly tools for members and great information for browsers

As ever, the Board and Staff of the ARTN are working to achieve even better outcomes for members and for regional tourism as a whole.

View Upcoming Events ARTN Convention Info