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.
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) are 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 have also worked hard to develop networks and partnerships across the tourism and government over several years.
LGNSW participate in working parties and taskforces with Destination NSW (former Tourism NSW), developing strategies for NSW tourism and improving Local Government engagement.
The annual Local Government Tourism Conference has been staged for eight consecutive years at various locations across NSW. The 2013 Local Government Tourism Conference was held at Shoal Bay Resort Spa from Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 March.