Destination Port Stephens

Destination Port Stephens (DPS) is a non-profit, incorporated body supported by Port Stephens Council (PSC), owned by members and autonomously managed by a board of nine industry representatives. We conduct activities on behalf of our members; for the betterment of the region as a destination; to stimulate the local economy and ultimately provide the lifestyle benefits we have grown to love.

Funding for DPS marketing activities is sourced primarily from the annual investment from PSC and other strategic partners plus hard-won grants but ultimately, it is up to industry – the members – to support the organisation that, in the main, is responsible for the success of the visitor economy that is the life blood of our region.

The DPS team may be small but it is made up of a passionate and professional group of individual that strive for a strong Port Stephens visitor economy. The team is includes

  • Stephen Keogh, CEO of Destination Port Stephens
  • Mel Turner, Marketing Manager

To contact the team click here or call 4981 2964

What we want to achieve

To lead an innovative and collaborative tourism industry and deliver destination marketing to drive a strong visitor economy creating an attractive environment for tourism investment.

DPS will focus on five strategic priorities designed to improve our competitive position, stimulate demand, build capability and grow the visitor economy.

  1. Destination Marketing – Develop innovative marketing programs to drive destination awareness and increased visitation.
  2. Leadership and Advocacy – Leading the growth of the Port Stephens visitor economy through expert knowledge, advocacy and industry and stakeholder engagement.
  3. Big Events and Big Ideas – Support investment and development.
  4. Product/Industry Development – Improve the quality of tourism product in the region through support, education and training to enhance the visitor experience.
  5. Form a framework for success – For DPS to be a sustainable, consultative and effective organisation focused on driving results.

Memberships – be a part of the team

With a flat membership of $200* per annum + GST until December 2022, increasing to $300* per annum + GST from 1 January 2023, you can then pick and choose from co-operative marketing opportunities to suit your business and your budget.



*Members joining between 1 October 2022 and 31 December 2022 will be required to pay a pro-rata fee of $75 + GST (per quarter) to the end of 2022 plus the 2023 annual membership fee of $300 plus GST.

Annual membership fees will be invoiced in October each year for the following calendar year.