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Western Sydney Stars in Taste Of Australia with Hayden Quinn

Western Sydney’s diverse food and culture, outstanding business owners and natural beauty will star in two upcoming episodes of Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn on Network Ten.

The current series is a special Sydney Edition showcasing Sydney’s rich and multicultural mosaic of people, places and experiences.

New guides to bolster natural disaster resilience in the tourism industry

The NSW Government today launched a set of new guides to bolster tourism businesses resilience to bush fires and other natural disasters. 

The three guides provide information on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters. They have been developed by Destination NSW, in collaboration with Resilience NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service, in response to recommendations from the NSW Bushfire Inquiry.

GREAT SOUTHERN NIGHTS RETURNS TO REBOOT LIVE MUSIC IN 2022

The NSW Government is amping up the State’s live music scene once again with the return of Great Southern Nights in March and April 2022. ARIA-award winning indie pop artist Amy Shark and Yolngu rapper Baker Boy join Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins and Peking Duk as the first artists of the line-up, with shows to be held from 18 March to 10 April 2022. Following its hugely successful debut in 2020, Great Southern Nights will again create jobs and revenue for artists, venues and crew in Sydney and across regional NSW, highlighting the State’s rich live music culture. 

Hospitality and social media skills boost for NSW visitor economy

The NSW Government has partnered with Restaurant & Catering Australia and social media giant Facebook to deliver a suite of free, new skills development and training programs designed for individuals and businesses engaged in the State’s visitor economy 

The programs, delivered by Destination NSW, will be offered to individuals and businesses wishing to upgrade their customer service skills and enhance their social media capability. 

Hayden Quinn unearths Australia's global city in Taste of Australia: Syd Edition

Sydney’s rich and multicultural mosaic of people, places and experiences will be showcased like never before, when Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn returns with a dedicated Sydney Edition on Network Ten from August 15.

Vivid Sydney 2021 cancelled, planning underway for 2022

The NSW Government has made the difficult decision to cancel Vivid Sydney 2021 – but the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas will shine brightly again in May-June 2022. 

Given the ongoing uncertainty, the decision has been made to cancel Vivid Sydney 2021 to minimise the impact on event attendees, partners, artists, sponsors and suppliers. 

Planning is now underway for next year, with Vivid Sydney to return from 27 May to 18 June 2022. 

NSW visitor economy primed to drive future demand with NSW Government support

More than 280 tourism organisations will share in $9.5 million of NSW government funding to support product development, marketing programs and business events across the state.
 
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the funding would provide a significant boost to the visitor economy and support tourism businesses statewide at a time when the industry was doing it tough during COVID-19 restrictions. 
 

Vivid Sydney rescheduled to September – October 2021

The NSW Government today announced Vivid Sydney would be rescheduled to 17 September until 9 October 2021 in the interest of community health and safety. 

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said NSW must work together to contain the current outbreak to allow the State to stride into recovery. 

“We all want to see Sydney shine through the spectacular show of creativity and innovation that is Vivid Sydney in September and October this year,” Mr. Ayres said. 

$373 million to keep NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific

The NSW Government is injecting $373 million to accelerate the recovery of the State’s visitor economy. Sydney and NSW will be positioned to attract more visitors through new campaigns, events, expanded partnerships, and industry development initiatives.

In today’s State Budget, the NSW Government has reaffirmed its support for the tourism industry through increased annual funding.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government was committed to turbocharging the State’s recovery from COVID-19.

$200m for global events in NSW and a world-class stage to transform sydney

The NSW Government is giving the State’s visitor economy a $200 million boost to turbocharge recovery by securing global events for Sydney and regional NSW.

The new $200 million State Significant Event Fund – delivered over four years – will put NSW in pole position to secure major events that attract visitors to the State.

Meanwhile, this summer the Cahill Expressway will be temporarily transformed into a world-class stage.

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