Local Government plays a major role in tourism. Councils are actively involved in promoting tourism, providing infrastructure and services to support tourism, but also in managing the impacts of tourism.

Tourism is not only 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 sectors 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.


Inclusive Tourism

In 2017, LGNSW led an Inclusive Tourism project in partnership with University of Technology Sydney.  The project is funded by the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Program and NSW Department of Family and Community Services. This  Inclusive Tourism project provides both councils and tourism operators with tools to facilitate the sharing of accurate information regarding the accessibility and inclusiveness of their facilities and events for visitors with a disability.


Fostering Tourism

‘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.


Tourism Conference

The annual Local Government Tourism Conference has been staged for over ten consecutive years at various locations across NSW. 


Online Tourism Hub

Local Government NSW has partnered with Australian Regional Tourism to provide an exclusive online forum for Local Government NSW members.
The agreement provides our members access to the online private forum on the Australian Regional Tourism Hub to discuss, debate and share ideas, along with a document portal system to share relevant documents across council borders. A Frequently Asked Questions document has been prepared to explain the Tourism Hub and registration process.