Thank you for attending the 

2017 Australian Regional Tourism Convention!

NEXT CONVENTION: October 2018 | Destination announced December 2017


It you would like to view the presentation that was delivered by Simon Pomfret of DBM Consultants on Local Government and Tourism please click here. All other presentations are available to 2017 Convention delegates via request to


About our Conventions

The annual ARTN Convention provides a forum to discuss, debate and investigate issues, challenges and opportunities facing regional tourism. The Convention is for all sectors of the tourism industry to exchange ideas about ways to grow a sustainable regional destination and to showcase best practice success.

Recent Conventions have distilled the key issues of concern into the ARTN Manifesto. Our Manifesto has been the focus of the the ARTN Board’s work in developing regional tourism. Each Convention starts by reporting on our implementation of the previous Manifesto, and at the end, offers delegates the opportunity to refine it for the coming year.

Download the Strategic Plan

Delegates attending typically come from local government, Regional Tourism Organisations, State Tourism Organisations and the private sector. Delegates attend the Convention because it provides works through issues and generates solutions in an interactive and empowering manner.



ART Convention Sponsorship

The ART Convention provides you the opportunity to showcase your product or company at a nationally significant event to delegates from across Australia with a focus on regional tourism.  It also represents an ideal opportunity for you to demonstrate your commitment to supporting regional tourism and to network with key regional tourism stakeholders. To request further information regarding ART Convention Sponsorship, please email


Snapshot of Previous Conventions 

The inaugural Convention was held in Port Macquarie, NSW, in September 2001. Subsequent events have been held in Longreach, Hobart, Lorne, Busselton, Norfolk Island, Canberra, the Barossa Valley, Alice Springs, the Yarra Valley & Dandenong, Townsville, Launceston, Margaret River, Port Stephens, Victor Harbor, Roma and Canberra.  

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