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The Australian Government is facing criticism from industry groups and executives, over its decision not to appoint a dedicated tourism minister or parliamentary secretary.

23 Dec

Tourism outperforms the Australian economy

23 Dec 2013 \ by ARTN Manager \ 1 Comments

Data from the 2012/13 Tourism Satellite Account further emphasises comments from the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) regarding the potential of tourism to be a majority economic driver, in ...

23 Dec

How much are we worth?

23 Dec 2013 \ by ARTN Manager

Chairman of the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) congratulates Minister Robb for this week meeting with the National Tourism Alliance, of which the Australian Regional Tourism Network is a m...

03 Dec

Regional Tourism needs to be acknowledged

03 Dec 2013 \ by ARTN Manager

The Chairman of the Australian Regional Tourism Network, David Sheldon, is questioning the Federal Government’s commitment to doubling overnight expenditure by 2020. One sign of this is their la...

Destination Port Stephens, New South Wales has been announced today as the host for 2014 Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) Convention. The announcement was made today at the 2013 ARTN Convent...

29 Oct

Rising Star of Regional Tourism Announced

29 Oct 2013 \ by ARTN Manager

Bianca Sowik of 1834 Hotels is the 2013 Australian Regional Tourism Network’s  (ARTN), MyTravelResearch.com Young Tourism Professional.   Read more..

Australia’s tourism ministers will tomorrow come together in Canberra to further develop their cooperative efforts to help support, strengthen and promote the all-important Australian tourism in...

10 Sep

AWARD SET TO RECOGNISE REGIONAL TOURISM'S RISING STARS Five young people have been selected as contenders for the Australian Regional Tourism Network's (ARTN) MyTravelResearch.com Young Regional ...

18 Feb

ARTN Board visits Hobart

18 Feb 2013 \ by ARTN Manager

The Board of the Australian Regional Tourism Network met in Hobart last week for two-days of planning. The meeting reviewed regional tourism industry progress against the ARTN Business Plan and ide...

18 Feb

Regional Tourism dominates, again at Nationals

18 Feb 2013 \ by ARTN Manager

2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW - Major Events & Festivals Achievements of Regional Operators Hosted by Tasmania, the Qantas National Tourism Awards were held in Hobart on Friday 1...

11 Dec

Regional Tourism Shines

11 Dec 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

Once again regional tourism operators, businesses and individuals have demonstrated their excellence at each of the individual state and territory tourism awards, held over the last month. Regional...

03 Dec

Destination Management

03 Dec 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

The objective of this project is to establish a list of suitably qualified Destination Management professionals who have the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to deliver Destination Managemen...

29 Nov

Cook for your Career 2013

29 Nov 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

HOSTPLUS are very excited to announce that Cook For Your Career 2013 has officially opened.  At HOSTPLUS, they are always looking at ways to support the industries they work with.  That...

28 Nov

Tourism Australia's response to Qantas

28 Nov 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said the Tourism Australia Board is appointed and reports to the Federal Minister for Tourism. Mr McEvoy said Tourism Australia had a strong governan...

28 Nov

Qantas Update

28 Nov 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

Dear Tourism Industry Colleague,   You will have seen in the media this morning that Qantas has suspended its future financial support for Tourism Australia due to a potential conflict of inter...

27 Nov

Small Scale Accommodation Survey

27 Nov 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

If you operate a hotel, motel, or serviced apartment with less than 15 rooms or a visitor hostel or caravan park of any size, the Small Scale Accommodation Survey (SSAS) is for you. The SSAS ...

05 Nov

TIRF Grants

05 Nov 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

As you are all aware, the Federal Government opened applications for the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) for projects located outside the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Tourism Regio...

23 Oct

New ARTN Board announced

23 Oct 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

The Australian Regional Tourism Network held its Annual General Meeting today in Launceston, Tasmania as part of its 12th annual Convention. Nominations for the board were received from acr...

19 Sep

Strong Growth in Domestic Travel

19 Sep 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

The latest data from the National Visitor Survey shows strong growth in the backbone of Australia’s tourism industry – domestic travel – for the year ending 30 June 2012.  ...

13 Sep

The Board of ARTN are pleased to announce the Young Tourism Professional finalists for 2012.   ARTN continues to invest in the next generation of regional tourism leaders through its partners...

09 Jul

Boost for Australia's National Landscapes

09 Jul 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

Australia's National Landscapes to benefit from a $1 million funding boost following the announcement from the Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP.   This will be a significant b...

09 Mar

Regional Operators Dominate National Awards

09 Mar 2012 \ by ARTN Manager

Regional Operators Dominate National Awards

The ARTN has long known that regional destinations, attractions and operators are the backbone of tourism in Australia.  Now the rest of the country has caught up!

Read through the list or regional Australian Tourism Award winners.  Be prepared to be impressed!

27 Jan

Fraga's Cafe, Marysville ~ A Story of Recovery

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Fraga's Cafe, Marysville ~ A Story of Recovery

Inspiration to keep on keeping on

In 2009, the town of Marysville in Victoria was devastated by the Black Saturday Bushfires.  Up until then, Jane Fraga and her family were the proud owner operators of a bustling cafe popular with locals and visitors alike.  The cafe was severely damaged in the fires as was the Fraga's family home and an investment property they had high hopes for.  Two years later, Jane has accomplished a great deal as she continues to rebuild her and re-establish her livelihood.

Click 'Read More' for Jane's extraordinary story...

25 Jan

ARTN Recovery Mentor Initiative

25 Jan 2011 \ by \ 1 Comments

ARTN Recovery Mentor Initiative

Register your interest to become a Mentor

Have you bounced back from crisis?  Are you looking for a way to assist your counterparts in destinations that have been impacted by disaster?

The ARTN is calling for tourism professionals with first hand experience in recovering from natural disasters, to mentor operators and destination management staff who are currently facing their own stark reality.

Click the 'Read More' button below for further details or email vivienne@artn.com.au to register your interest...

From the Ashes - Great Ideas & Initiatives from the Victorian Bushfires

From the Ashes - Great Ideas & Initiatives from the Victorian Bushfires

The Black Saturday bushfires that ravaged regional Victoria in 2009 sent shockwaves around the world and saw a devastating loss of life and property.  Two years on and the recovery and rebuilding process is well underway and tourism is getting back on its feet.

he disaster saw an unprecedented display of cooperation between local, regional, state and national tourism organisations and revolutionised the way the tourism industry works together to overcome and achieve.  

Click 'Read More' to view the complete article...

24 Jan

Floods Couldn't Keep A Good Town Down!

24 Jan 2011 \ by \ 1 Comments

Floods Couldn't Keep A Good Town Down!

Sharyn Innes from Katherine, NT tells how the region was able to bounce back from floods

In 1998, more than 500mm of rain fell in less than 72 hours in the catchment surrounding the township of Katherine in the Northern Territory.  The inundation threatened to simply end tourism to that region for the foreseeable future.  Instead, the local industry, led by Sharyn Innes and her team, rallied to use this apparent disaster as a way to catapult tourism to the top of the agenda.

Katherine went on to have one its best years on record for both visitors and yield and used the floods of '98 to relaunch the tourism industry to the benefit of the local economy.

Click 'Read More' for Sharyn's story as well as her 'Top 5' lessons learnt and tips for 'Where to from here'...