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ot only is Dubbo to play host to
the Duke and Duchess of
Sussex during their visit to
Australia for the Paralympic-
style Invictus Games, Parkes too is feeling
the love with the NSW Government
continuing to support their increasingly
popular Elvis Festival for the next three years.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional
NSW, John Barilaro, said since 2015, the
January event has ignited the local
economy, attracting almost 40,000 overnight
visitors to Parkes and pumping more than
$28 million into local hotels, shops and
“Over the past three years, visitor
numbers to the Parkes Elvis Festival have
soared by an incredible 32 per cent and
there’s no doubt that our support has played
a critical role in achieving this growth,” Mr
“Having received funding through our
Regional Flagship Events Program for four
years until 2008 and through the Major Events Program since 2015, the Parkes Elvis Festival is
one of our great event success stories.”
NSW is one of the most geographically diverse Australian states. Cities here are easily
accessible by air, rail and land and offer exceptional conference venues and facilities. And,
what’s more, these regional areas deliver $145 million to the state’s visitor economy.
NSW regional cities have the wherewithal to offer some of the world’s best wines, quality
restaurants, exciting events, World Heritage wilderness and spectacular ocean beaches. Here
you can find ideal event venues that can be mixed with off-site activities – think the Hunter
Valley, Orange and Newcastle as examples.
When the Australian Wagyu Conference was held in Albury in 2017, one of the delegates was
moved to declare: “Coming to a conference here in regional NSW is like a holiday – the
weather’s perfect, the people are great, and it’s been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”
The Hunter Valley, for example, not only has a great range of accommodation options, it
also boasts an outstanding range of function venues, off-site dinner ideas and wineries suitable
It is here Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort has a dedicated event management team to take care
of all the details, thus allowing delegates to stay focused on the big picture. The resort’s
relationships with legends of Australia’s wine making industry, cellar doors, local retailers and
industry partners opens doors to experiences beyond expectations.
The resort’s idyllic natural setting is complemented by a world-class conference facility able to
host events from a small management retreat to a major brand launch or special event.
It’s said that every dog has its day and when it comes to
regional NSW that day is turning into a bonanza for the
meetings and events sector.
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As Oaks Hotels & Resorts director of sales – MICE & Regional NSW, Sheree Faux remarked:
“The success of any event is measured not by what’s put into it; but by what is taken away.”
On offer is a state-of-the-art convention centre with 364 square metres of pillarless space; an
Event Centre with 432 square metres of pillarless space; the modern Cypress Centre featuring
five rooms catering for 10 – 150; a unique lagoon pool marquee with 600 square metres of
pillarless space catering for up to 1000; and The Restaurant @ Cypress Lakes – a smart dining
venue that exudes character and charm as well as spectacular views.
On the NSW Central Coast is the leading and largest conference venue – the Mingara
Here meeting rooms feature wireless internet access, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities
and versatile room configurations. It is also conveniently located near to a number of Central
Coast accommodation options.
Mingara was the venue of choice for the Country Women’s Association of NSW 95th Annual
General Meeting held earlier this year, attracting 700 delegates.
Running for four-and-a-half days, the conference utilised Mingara’s Show Room and its pre-
function lounge as an overflow area, a venue that permitted the Show Room to be closed door
for voting purposes, while the interested branch members could still observe proceedings via
live video stream to plasma displays.
The venue also hosted the inaugural CWA of NSW Expo as part of the conference, designed
to showcase the work of the CWA including members’ lobbying achievements, humanitarian
work and members’ talents in a range of different portfolios.
Six breakout rooms were required to host the expo, with each display requiring their own
locations. The Mingara Tasman Rooms were utilised as well as other spaces throughout the
venue. The expo was open to the public and generated great community interest. m
“COMING TO A CONFERENCE HERE
IN REGIONAL NSW IS LIKE A
HOLIDAY – THE WEATHER’S
PERFECT, THE PEOPLE ARE GREAT,
AND IT’S BEEN A THOROUGHLY
– DELEGATE AT THE ALBURY
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