CONFERENCE & BUSINESS EVENTS WORKSHOP – 9 OCTOBER 2019
DPS will host a conference and business events workshop which will inform industry on the opportunities for Port Stephens and our operators to work with the Regional Conferencing Unit at Destination NSW to drive conference and business tourism to the region.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday, 9 October from 1.30 to 3.30pm at the Nelson Bay Golf Club and will be facilitated by Helen Parker, Manager Regional Conferencing, Destination NSW. The workshop will be informal and operators are encouraged to attend.
The Regional Conferencing Unit at Destination NSW offers a range of opportunities as well as grant funding to attract and support business events to Regional NSW. Topics that will be covered by Helen Parker include the value of business events, the Destination NSW Regional Conferencing Unit activities and opportunities for Port Stephens to be involved.
Workshop: Conferences & Business Events
Date: Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Time: 1.15pm arrival for 1.30 – 3.30pm workshop
Venue: Nelson Bay Golf Club
Cost: Free to DPS members
RSVP: Please RSVP no later than Thursday, 26 September 2019
PORT STEPHENS BRAND POSITIONING & DESTINATION CAMPAIGN UPDATE
As outlined in our Partnership Prospectus for 2019, DPS is working on an exciting project to develop a new brand for Port Stephens to re-energise the destination, build appeal and motivate consumers to visit.
As it is vital that the brand for Port Stephens is genuine, authentic and conveys the unique Port Stephens offering, further work on the development and consumer testing is being undertaken to ensure that the best outcome is achieved. The new brand positioning and Port Stephens destination campaign are now on target to launch at the end of February to promote travel over the Autumn shoulder season.
To promote travel to Port Stephens over Spring, DPS in partnership with Destination NSW and industry partners have invested in a campaign with TripAdvisor. The campaign commenced on 9 September and will be in market until 9 November promoting key experiences and travel to Port Stephens.
NEW ZEALAND – DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM AUCKLAND
Newcastle Airport and Virgin Australia announced in late July 2019 a three-year partnership to continue flying direct services between the Hunter and Auckland. Virgin Australia will operate three return services per week from 21 November 2019 to 16 February 2020, with potential to grow over subsequent years.
DPS is currently in New Zealand meeting with key wholesalers, delivering trade training and to attend the Flight Centre consumer expo over the weekend of 21 and 22 September in partnership with Newcastle Airport to promote the direct services and travel to Port Stephens.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE BOARD – Reminder
Eligible persons wishing to stand for election to one of the two vacant Ordinary Director positions should return the Nomination Form to the Company (as outlined on the Nomination Form) by 5pm Wednesday 2nd October 2019.
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All applications must consist of the following:
• A completed Nomination Form, with the signatures of the nominator and nominee
• A statement of no more than 300 words, describing relevant skills and experience.
For enquiries please contact Destination Port Stephens on 4981 2964 or email email@example.com
TOMAREE NATIONAL PARK PLAN OF MANAGEMENT DRAFT AMENDMENT AND TOMAREE COASTAL WALK STRATEGY
Please be advised that National Parks and Wildlife Service has extended public exhibition of the Tomaree National Park Plan of Management Draft Amendment and Draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy until 30 September 2019, to allow more time for people to consider the proposal and provide feedback.
You can read all about the amendment and details on an information session being held on Wednesday 25 September at Tomaree Library by CLICKING HERE.
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IMPORTANT – Destination Port Stephens membership has now expired for those with outstanding accounts.
Further to previous correspondence unfortunately if the 2019/20 membership fees were not received by 31st August 2019, all membership benefits would be ceased. If renewal has slipped your busy schedule and you would like to renew, please kindly let us know your account has been settled so you can continue to be a member of Destination Port Stephens.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 4981 2964 and one of the team will be able to assist you.
SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER EVENTS 2019
Clans on the Coast I Saturday 21st September
The Celtic Festival has everything from Scottish Pipe Bands, Celtic Band, Celtic Stalls, Food Stalls, Caber Toss, Tug-Of-War, Celtic Dancers, Highland Dancers, Celtic Choir, Dog Parade, VANGUARD Medieval Fighting demonstrations and more. Location: Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay.
TreX Port Stephens and Tomaree Trail Run I 21st and 22nd September
The Tomaree Trail Run Festival is hosted in conjunction with the TreX Cross Triathlon Series which together make up an action packed weekend of off road events for the entire family. You can find more information on TreX PS and the Tomaree Trail Run.
Spring School Holiday Program at d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay
School holiday program from the 28th September to the 13th October. Daily fish feeding, sand art and air-brush tattooing. Bricks4kids workshops, a petting zoo, feature creatures and the Sacred Tree markets will also be part of the program which you can view here.
Sacred Tree Markets I June long weekend – Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September
Featuring more than 80 up and coming designers, artists, local creatives and producers. With an ever evolving line up of live musicians, street food, cultural displays and entertainment the retail festival event has fast become a highlight for Port Stephens. Follow their Facebook page.
Oktoberfest long weekend at Murrays Brewery I Saturday 5th to Monday 7th October
Oktoberfest at Murray’s Brewery this October long-weekend. Two specially-brewed festival beers, Oktoberfest food including pimped schnitzels, Kransky sausages, and pretzels with mustard, plus free ‘rocktoberfest’ concerts will feature at the brewery. Have an oompa-licious weekend.
Movies on the marina at d’Albora Marinas Nelson Bay I Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October
Family friendly movie, face painting, popcorn and ice-cream cart. All you need to do is turn up! Bring along your rug or bean bag, your friends and even your furry friend for a full family night out. All movies will be free for you to enjoy with the option to purchase ice-creams or popcorn to indulge in.
Karuah Oyster and Timber Festival I Saturday 19th October
The Karuah Oyster and Timber Festival is a fun-filled day including car displays, live performances and entertainment, markets and food stalls with a children’s activity tent. Another big aspect of the festival is the woodchopping and the annual oyster eating competition. Read more about the festival.
Myall River Festival Tea Gardens I Saturday 26th October
This year’s Myall River Festival has something for everyone with lots of new attractions and things to see and do along the beautiful Tea Gardens waterfront. All the action kicks off from 10am on Saturday 26th October with music and dance on the Marine Drive stage, the perfect way to start your wander through the 90 stalls of fun, fashion and food.