Conference to showcase local tourism industry

Karratha will host the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference in September.

Karratha will host the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference in September.

The City of Karratha will host the tourism industry’s leading conference when it travels north for the first time in coming months.

The WA Regional Tourism Conference heads to the award-winning Red Earth Arts Precinct on September 16 – 18.

More than 200 delegates from across the state are expected to attend the conference, including tourism operators, visitor centre staff, local tourism bodies, consultants, suppliers and representatives from all levels of government.

City of Karratha Director Planning Services Ryan Hall said it was the first time the major event has been held in the North West and only the second time it has been held in a regional location since its inception in 2015.

“Following a competitive tender process, Karratha was awarded hosting rights in recognition of our significant commitment to growing the region’s tourism capacity and offering,” Mr Hall said.

“The City is committed to improving the economic capacity and diversity of our local business sector and hosting this event aligns with our Economic Development Strategy.

“This is a key opportunity to showcase our emerging tourism industry and promote our local tourism operators to the wider industry, as well as supporting local businesses.

“Hosting the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference is a coup for the City of Karratha and we are confident it will have ongoing benefits for our local economy, tourism industry and community.

Tourism Council WA chief executive officer Evan Hall said the conference was predicted to inject more than a quarter of a million dollars into the local economy.

“Economic modelling shows conference delegates are expected to inject $310,000 into the local economy during the three-day event,” Mr Hall said.

“These delegates will come from all around Western Australia and will spend on accommodation, meals, tours and entertainment.”

The conference program includes speakers, workshops, tours and networking.

Registrations are now open.

Visit www.watourismconference.com.au for more information.