2017 Australian Regional Tourism Convention

Monday 23 - Thursday 26 October | Canberra ACT

Convention Program - Click here to DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM

The speakers program for this years Convention includes presentations, concurrent sessions, panel sessions and workshops delivered by an exciting line-up of more than 40 tourism professionals

  • Delegates will hear from Austrade and our hosts, Visit Canberra
  • Fiona Nash (Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, Regional Communications) has been invited to speak on Federal Government Regional Taskforce initiatives for tourism
  • Digital-disruptors, Uber and AirBnB will outline the transition of the share economy into regional areas
  • We'll talk Agritourism product development and discuss the findings and implications of the first national benchmarking Local Government Spend on Tourism research
  • There'll be case studies and informative sessions surrounding Aboriginal tourismaccessible/inclusive tourism and visitor servicing looking forward to 2030
  • Keeping with the theme of increasing regional dispersal, we'll address the challenges regions face when it comes to air access and cruising, and be inspired by the journey of local tourism operators

Delegates will enjoy our oh-so social networking program, which is made up of:

  • Welcome Reception at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on Monday evening:
  • Field Trips on Tuesday afternoon:
  • Regional Dinners at on Tuesday night: and  
  • Convention Dinner at the National Arboretum Canberra on Thursday night

Register Now! - Click here to DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM

The reduced rate for ARTN Members is $1,300 including GST. Non-members are invited to register at a rate of $1,500 including GST. 

Early-bird registrations closed on Friday 15th of September.

This fee includes all convention sessions, field trips, admission to the Welcome Reception, Regional Dinners and Convention Dinner.

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

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.


2016 ARTN Young Tourism Professional

The 2016 ARTN YTP program enabled 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 was offered the opportunity to put forward a finalist to attend the ARTN Convention from which a National winner was selected.

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.



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, please contact Belinda King at


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.  

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