Local Government plays a major role in tourism and is engaged in tourism in many ways. Councils are actively involved in promoting tourism, providing infrastructure and services to support tourism, but also in managing the impacts of tourism.
Tourism is an important driver of economic development and employment growth but it also has impacts on communities and the environment that need to be managed.
LGNSW is developing a stronger presence in tourism and giving more attention to tourism management and policy. This has resulted in LGNSW staging a successful annual Local Government tourism conference. LGNSW has also worked hard to develop networks and partnerships across the tourism and government over several years.
LGNSW participates in working parties and taskforces with Destination NSW (former Tourism NSW), developing strategies for NSW tourism and improving Local Government engagement.
In 2017, LGNSW is leading an Inclusive Tourism project in partnership with University of Technology Sydney. The project is funded by the Federal Department of Industry through the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Program and NSW Department of Family and Community Services. This project will provide both councils and tourism operators with tools to share information regarding the accessibility and inclusiveness of their facilities and events for visitors with a disability.
‘Fostering Tourism’ was the theme of the Japan Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar, held in February 2017. A delegate from LGNSW was selected to attend and visited Japan to meet with council officials, attend lectures and analyse local tourism initiatives. The seminar is hosted each year by the Japan Local Government Centre, Sydney. An 'International Snapshot' (PDF, 319KB) has been prepared by LGNSW with learnings from the Seminar.
The annual Local Government Tourism Conference has been staged for over ten consecutive years at various locations across NSW.