Mackay to host $230,000 worth of events in one weekend

MACKAY will host a tourism events conference expected to inject about $230,000 into the economy in one weekend.

More than 200 industry professionals from across Queensland will flock to Mackay to network, share knowledge and learn about creating and growing a successful event.

Acting Tourism Minister Tracy Davis said each business delegate at the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Events Conference was expected to spend about $377 a day.

"We know that it grows regional economies and provides the jobs of the future," she said.

"Events play an important role in driving visitation to Queensland's regional areas, delivering significant economic and social benefits to the local community while providing a great opportunity to showcase the destination and its attractions.

"The conference provides a valuable forum for event organisers, regional tourism organisations and local councils to develop their event management skills, marketing approaches and share information to maximise event outcomes."

Mackay Tourism general manager Stephen Schwer said Mackay Tourism was thrilled to host the conference in Mackay for the first time.

"A welcome addition to our business events calendar, the TEQ Regional Events Conference will give local operators first-hand access to tourism and events industry experts right in their own backyard," he said.

"Mackay boasts a dynamic event calendar including the River to Reef Ride, River Rock to Mountain Top Community Festival and the Mackay Beach Horse Racing Festival."

The sixth TEQ Regional Events Conference will run from November 7 to 9 this year at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.

It is held annually as part of TEQ's regional development program, designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits to regional Queensland.

Ms Davis said the government's 20-year tourism plan Destination Success included goals to nurture and support events to maximise benefits and grow regional tourism destinations.

The estimated delegate spend was calculated using Australian Association of Convention Bureaux figures.

A full event program will be launched in coming weeks.

To find out more, visit http://www.teq.queensland.com



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