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November 8, 2022
The latest news and business opportunities relevant to tourism and events businesses in Glen Innes Highlands.
October saw another record number of caravans and motorhomes staying in Glen Innes, as the town became a staging post for events being held in north west NSW. Towing tales, floods and closed roads were high on their list of stories as travellers stopped at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre on their way home. Our tourism team were ready to assist these visitors (and others diverted to town due to flooding) with accommodation enquiries and finding safe and scenic alternatives to their next destination. During November, we hope to see the start of a very busy holiday season. It is time for local hospitality and tourism operators to be prepared, plan and inform us of any events, changes to business hours, new menus, and anything else we can share with our visitors. Please connect with us here.It is also an exciting month to observe native flora and fauna in our region. The Glen Innes Highlands website offers great information to provide visitors with ideas of what they can see and do in our national parks and nature reserves. If you have any enquiries or support requests with regard to how we can support and help to promote your business or event, please email [email protected].Rhonda BombellTourism & Events OfficerEconomic Development TeamGlen Innes Severn Council
The first joint Destination NSW and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) campaign has been launched, encouraging Australians to ‘find your path’ in the state’s magnificent natural landscapes.
Gibraltar Range Waratahs (Telopea aspera), endemic to Gibraltar Range National Park in Glen Innes Highlands, are putting on a fantastic show this season and should be around for another 2 to 3 weeks.
Tourism Australia's new Come and Say G'Day campaign is Australia's invitation to the world. The campaign aims to generate an Australia-wide increase in international visitation, following years of travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
With links to Destination NSW networks and regional centres, we hope our region will benefit as a result. View the campaign here.
Despite the challenging environment, the affinity Australians have for caravan and camping remains strong. The NSW caravan and camping visitor economy is rebounding after a challenging 12 months as a result of COVID-19-related restrictions and flooding events. Read the report here.
A strong recovery in domestic tourism has been observed with overnight domestic spending 29% higher than the corresponding pre-pandemic quarter. Read the full report here.
The Federal Government's new 2022-23 Budget includes initiatives aimed at driving the recovery of Australia’s visitor economy. Learn more.
The Spend In Glen application for Glen Innes Severn Council Local Economic Development Support Fund was approved by Council to receive an allocation of $10,000 for the operation of the 2023 Christmas promotion to be held over four draws from 24 November to 22 December 2022.
Dive into the hundreds of free events available during NSW Small Business Month in November to help your business. Learn a new skill, find business opportunities, hear from industry experts and connect with other small businesses. Register for events here.
The NSW Government has introduced a new agritourism policy aimed at helping farmers to start, run and grow agritourism experiences such as farm stays, cafes, cellar doors, roadside stalls, retreats and fruit picking. Download the toolkit here.
Visit our online events calendar to find details of upcoming events in Glen Innes Highlands. Event details that appear on this calendar feed through from events listed online via the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW), which allows event organisers to leverage a wider audience. It's free, so register today!
We received an enormous response from performers wanting to be part of 2023 Australian Celtic Festival - Year of Scotland. Our entertainment selection committee is busy reviewing each application to see who fits the bill and will contribute something special to the festival.
It's the annual end-of-year event our community has been waiting for. Christmas in the Highlands invites locals and visitors to get out into the community to enjoy catching up with friends and family, Christmas shopping, and festive cheer. It's also an opportunity to say thank you to all our community groups, local artisans and businesses.
Glen Innes is gearing up for a spectacular lighting installation from Thursday 24 November 2022 until 13 January 2023. There will be six separate installs, each with a different theme including Lights in the Sky, The Cube of Light, The Golden Town Hall, The Lane-way, The Tunnel of Lights and The Golden Tree.
Highlands HUB programs regular workshops and training events. Community organisations and local businesses are invited to get in contact to discuss specific training and development needs that the HUB may be able to support. To enquire, visit in person at 167 Grey Street, Glen Innes, or send an email to [email protected].
The Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee (GLENRAC) works in unison with landholders, local government agencies, and Federal and State government departments such as the Department of Environment & Climate Change and Office of Water, NSW Department of Primary Industries, and the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.
This Glen Innes Art Gallery exhibition is always a hit with locals and visitors looking to support artists by purchasing their pieces for Christmas gifts. From greeting cards to watercolours, photography and lots of special crafts will be on sale. Held from 7 to 25 November, you will have plenty of time to find that unique gift!
A celebration and collaboration of creative communities, featuring CAPA performances, food stalls, market stalls, mega raffle draw, fireworks and more all for just a gold coin donation at Glen Innes Public School from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.
The Rotary Club of Glen Innes and Markets in the Highlands are joining forces to celebrate reconnecting communities through this wonderful initiative. There will be a BBQ, live music, a visit from Memphis Moovers, face painting for the kids, and market stalls between 9.00am and 1.00pm at the Glen Innes Town Hall. This event is proudly funded by the NSW Government and supported by Glen Innes Severn Council.
Come along for a great day out from 10.00am to 12.30pm at the Glen Innes Bowlo to raise funds for the Boyd Family Portrait Exhibition at the Land of the Beardies History House Museum & Research Centre. Book now and also be sure to enter the 2022 Mega Christmas Raffle, which can be purchased either on the day or from the museum.
Emmaville has a fascinating history and a strong sense of community and will be celebrating its sesquicentenary this month. Join in the festivities at Emmaville Hospital from 10.30am to 2.30pm, where there will be face painting, a colour run, a fashion parade and lots more. Entry is free.
Spring is calling and the Glen Innes Plant Fair is on again at the Glen Innes & District Services Club. Table after table of indoor and outdoor plants, gifts and books about plants will be for sale from locals and community groups, all at very reasonable prices. The stalls will be open from 11.00am to 2.00pm. If you wish to get involved, contact Anda Chaffey on 0477 788 020.
From conversations and workshops with authors, journalists and presenters at various venues in Glen Innes, to an inspirational three-day writer's retreat at the luxurious Waterloo Station NSW. Don't miss a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in this grassroots celebration of books and writing that will not only inspire you, but provide an opportunity to network and seek guidance from the literary knowledge banks of those in attendance. Book now.
The 4th annual High Country Writer's Retreat will take place at Waterloo Station from 2 to 4 December, with options available to extend the experience into the following week. Writers and readers attending the sister event, the High Country Writers Festival in Glen Innes on Saturday 3 December, are encouraged to attend. Book now.
We encourage all accommodation providers, event organisers, tourism operators and hospitality businesses (e.g. cafes, restaurants, pubs) to register with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) to list their own businesses, experiences and events. It's FREE and allows you to easily increase your online exposure and have your business seen by more travellers. Listing your accommodation and event with ATDW also ensures this information displays on the Glen Innes Highlands website. If you require assistance with this process, email our team at [email protected].
Do you have a creative practice or run workshops in Glen Innes Highlands? Arts North West Connect is an online registry promoting creatives, venues, organisations and technical skills in the New England North West. Register here.
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Encourage visitors to our region to visit the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre, where they can chat with a friendly local and browse local products, gifts and souvenirs. They can also view our online events calendar and information about local experiences on the Glen Innes Highlands website,
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