Tropical North Queensland has been selected to host the Australian Society of Travel Writers 2019 Convention.
Cairns has been selected as host city following submission of the winning bid by Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) and Tourism and Events Queensland.
TTNQ Chief Executive Officer Pip Close was in Bangkok at the Australian Society of Travel Writers 2018 Convention when the announcement of the winning bid was made last night (August 18])
The convention, to be held from 18-20 October 2019, will attract 130 delegates for a 1.5 day conference plus an educational program showcasing the region.
Ms Close said the selection of Tropical North Queensland for the convention is particularly appropriate given that the focus of the 2019 convention will be sustainability.
“Tropical North Queensland has two World Heritage areas with Ecotourism Australia-accredited operators,” Ms Close said.
“This convention will give us an outstanding opportunity to promote these natural environments and the sustainable way they are managed.
“Bringing this prestigious event to Cairns is part of TTNQ’s strategy to master our region’s story and be the gateway to the thousands of stories across the length and breadth of the destination.
“Tropical North Queensland won the bid based on the diverse travel experiences we offer and the timing is perfect with millions of dollars of tourism infrastructure just completed or under construction,
The city’s newest hotel, Riley, which opens in November 2018 will host the convention. It is the first of three new five-star hotels from the Crystalbrook Collection to open in Cairns with the next two hotels opening in 2019.
The Australian Society of Travel Writers is the peak travel writing body in Australia, with more than 300 members who provide exceptional media coverage of travel destinations and experiences.
The society’s annual convention may be held anywhere in the world, with previous destinations including South Africa, Fiji, Vietnam, South Korea, China, Malaysia and New Caledonia.
Convention host cities receive significant media exposure in leading Australian and international press, social media, websites, radio and television programs, and travel guides.
The 2017 convention was held on the Sunshine Coast, which received substantial national and international media coverage, driving greater knowledge of and increased tourism to the area.