2017 ARTN Convention, Canberra ACT, 23-26 October

The 2017 Annual Convention will be held in Canberra, ACT 23-26 October 2017. 

The Convention will be held in Canberra and will continue on with the thread and theme of providing a plan for regional tourism to 2030. Click to view program themes.

We are currently assembling a line up on speakers to focus on regional dispersal and product development. Topics showcasing Agri-Tourism, Air Access, Cruising, Indigenous, Sharing Economy just to mention a few, that bring to the table the importance of tourism to support the economic and social fabric of regional communities.

Registrations are now open

 You can download the electronic registration form.

Conference accommodation

The Conference component of Convention will be held at QT Canberra. The rate for delegates is $228 per night (room only). 

To access this rate, please visit


  1. Select QT Canberra enter your dates and number of people
  2. In the ‘Block Code’ field enter your Block Code: R-2310KIN
  4. Your special rates will appear on the rates screen

About our Conventions

Our 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 ARTN Manifesto.

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.

2016 ARTN Young Tourism Professional

The ARTN YTP program enables our young professionals to be exposed to the national regional tourism network as well as receiving first hand, up-to-date industry knowledge, new skills and industry research. Each State Tourism Organisation is offered the opportunity to put forward a finalist to attend the ARTN Convention from which a National winner will be selected.

The winner will then receive the opportunity to further advance their career through a meaningful and relevant prize package, however the benefits of participating in the awards alone make this a fantastic opportunity to recognize and reward our future industry leaders.

The objectives of the Award are to:

  • Recognise excellence, achievements and innovations in regional tourism
  • Incentivise young regional tourism practitioners to strive for best-practice
  • Encourage young regional tourism practitioners to remain in the industry

And the WINNER is:

The 2016 ARTN Young Tourism Professional winner is Michelle Reynolds of Skytrek Willow Springs Station in the Flinders Ranges, SA.

Michelle, has an outstanding record of involvement in her region’s tourism industry.  Michelle works on her family property Willow Springs Station welcoming both domestic and international guests to visit and enjoy the wonders of the Flinders Ranges. Skytrek Willow Springs Station is a working sheep station offering true bush hospitality in quiet secluded settings.  

As the 2016 ARTN Young Regional Tourism Professional of the Year, Michelle receives:

  • 12 month professional development mentoring program sponsored by including a bursary for training worth $2,000.
  • A year’s membership of membership site packed with insights to support her in her work.
  • Opportunity to participate as an ex officio member of the ARTN board.
  • Attend the 2017 Australian Regional Tourism Convention.
  • Other professional development opportunities, as they arise.

The ARTN Young Regional Tourism Professional Award is designed to recognise and reward young professionals and retain them as part of regional tourism’s workforce. 

ARTN Convention Sponsorship

The ARTN 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 ARTN Convention Sponsorship Prospectus, Click Here.

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 and Roma, Outback QLD.

The latest 2016 ARTN Convention was held in Roma, QLD in October.

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