Symposium in detail: cultural tourism
More detail from the inaugural Rural Arts and Culture Symposium, Saturday November 15 in Forbes.
Panel 1: tourism & regional arts and culture.
The day was split into three panel discussions, two sessions of 20×20 project presentations and an informal afternoon discussion.
- Facilitator: Richard Morgan, Director Tourism, Community & Cultural Development Forbes Shire Council
- Lucy White, CEO Central NSW Tourism
- Larry Towney, Central Tablelands Land Services
- Brian Steffan, General Manager Forbes Shire Council
- Carly Brown, Weddin Shire Council, Grenfell Art Gallery and Henry Lawson Festival of Arts
LISTEN: Audio from this session (55mins) (listen on Soundcloud) (free)
‘Our destination management plan has identified that this region [NSW Central West] is the richest cultural heritage part of NSW’ – Lucy White, CEO Central NSW Tourism
A definition of ‘Cultural Tourism’ [via Lucy White]: Attending one or more of: festivals or fairs; performing arts or concerts; museums and galleries; historical or heritage buildings, site or monuments; art or craft workshops or studios; Aboriginal sites; arts and cultural displays.
Some Cultural Tourism statistics for the NSW Central West [via Lucy White]:
- Central NSW Tourism’s cultural heritage register lists 1130 significant sites
- Overnight cultural heritage visitors spend $1030 per trip in regional NSW, compared to $578 spent by general ‘other’ visitors.