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16 March 2017

Tourism Council WA is pleased to announce that Albany has been selected as the host of the inaugural 2017 WA Regional Tourism Conference.

Following two successful State conferences held in Perth, Albany will be the first town to host a regional version of the conference on September 11 - 13, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“We had great interest from towns from all over the State to host the 2017 WA Regional Tourism Conference,” he said.

“Albany has been selected from a competitive field as an emerging tourism destination which would not only serve as an excellent host city, but will also allow for the development of regional businesses and experiences.”

The 2017 WA Regional Tourism Conference will be presented in partnership by Tourism Council WA, Visitor Centres WA, Caravan Industry Association WA, Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) and Australia’s South West, and will be supported by Tourism WA, Amazing South Coast (Albany, Denmark, Plantagenet), Australian College of Applied Education, Commonwealth Bank, Great Southern Development Commission, GWN7, Perth Airport and WA Weekender.

Tourism WA Chief Executive Officer Gwyn Dolphin said regional tourism offerings in WA continued to play a pivotal role in attracting visitors and it was great to see the major WA tourism conference for 2017 being held in a regional area.

“Albany and the Great Southern as a whole are a prime example of how regional tourism continues to evolve,” he said.

“Tourism WA is proud to support the region with sponsorship of this event, and through partnership with Australia’s South West regional tourism organisation, marketing of other tourism assets including the Anzac Centenary celebrations and the National Anzac Centre, new infrastructure at The Gap and promotion of the region’s produce through Taste Great Southern and other events.”

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the City of Albany was proud to be hosting the 2017 WA Regional Tourism Conference as the region continued to capitalise on the momentum generated since the 2014 Anzac Centenary Commemoration event.

“Securing high profile events such as this is a cornerstone of our destination growth and the City is establishing a strong reputation as a regional city open for business and as a preferred host destination for many event organisers,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming WA’s key tourism industry professionals to Albany and are confident they will be impressed by Albany and the Amazing South Coast.”

The Amazing South Coast is comprised of Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet.