Collaboration Continues to Grow Tourism and Events

Posted: 23rd Oct

The Central Highlands’ burgeoning tourism and events industry will step up efforts to realise its full potential at a major event next month.

The Tourism and Events Forum will be presented by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) in Emerald on Wednesday, 27 November.

Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at

The event will bring together business operators, event organisers, industry bodies and experts, and government to connect, collaborate and explore the best ways to tap into the changing market.

“We held a similar event back in March so it’s important to bookend the 2019 tourism and events season with another forum to include more people in the conversation, build on the progress so far, and look ahead to 2020 and beyond,” CHDC Tourism Development Coordinator Paul Thompson says.

The full-day event will include keynote speakers providing the latest insights and developments; a Q&A session with panellists from within the industry as well as operators; and one-on-one micro meetings and mentoring sessions.

The forum will also feature the launch of the new Central Highlands Tourism and Events Strategy 2020-2023 and the Central Highlands Mining Trail.

Tours will be held the following day, on 28 November, to highlight leveraging opportunities and share our region’s best local tourism product with key industry figures.

There will be the choice of three tours – Blackdown Tablelands, Sapphire Gemfields or Springsure Minerva Hills.

“The program’s designed to be an informative and inspiring couple of days for all businesses involved in attracting, entertaining or servicing visitors to the Central Highlands,” Mr Thompson says.

“It’s about sharing expertise, generating discussion, forging networks, and motivating operators to leverage off the opportunities of the ever-changing tourism market.”

Find more information about the Forum and Tour, including guest speakers, at