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Increased flights into Newcastle Airport from Brisbane and the Gold Coast as borders open

28 October 2020

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New research reveals how hotels can safeguard for an evolved traveller mindset

20 October 2020

All over the world, people have been doing their part to be safe and stay healthy. Expedia Group is working to meet evolving expectations by understanding the changes of traveller booking behaviours in the wake of the pandemic. 

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New World of Travel Report.

13 October 2020

Flight comparison company, Skyscanner.net has used 6 months of data, surveys and interviews to help understand the evolving mindsets of travellers across the globe. They spoke to over 6,500 potential travellers each week to put together an extensive, New World of Travel report.

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Reimagining the $9 trillion tourism economy—what will it take?

13 October 2020

Reopening tourism-related businesses and managing their recovery in a way that is safe, attractive for tourists, and economically viable will require coordination at a level not seen before.

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Tourism to play key role in economic recovery

13 October 2020

The Australian Government is continuing to support trade, tourism and investment in the 2020-21 Budget as part of Australia’s Economic Recovery Plan to get more Australians into jobs.

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Short term accommodation on the Central Coast

13 October 2020

Even before COVID, short-term holiday letting was fast becoming one of the most popular ways to take a holiday. While Central Coast Council encourage visitors to enjoy short-term stays in our beautiful region, there is a need to balance that with ensuring it's safe and attractive for residents and that short-term rental doesn’t disrupt those who live here.

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Financial impact of coronavirus on 2020 to July revealed

06 October 2020

Australian tourism has seen overall losses of $33.7 billion for January to June 2020, according to an early release summary on international tourism results by Tourism Research Australia.

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3 in 5 Aussies miss travel most

01 October 2020

A new study has revealed that Australians are missing travel more than anything else during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Council adopts economic development strategy for the Coast

01 October 2020

Central Coast Council has now adopted the first-ever Economic Development Strategy for the Central Coast, positioning the region as the place to do business, creating jobs and prosperity for the region.

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Tourism Australia launches 'Australian COVID Travel Portal’

01 October 2020

Tourism Australia has launched a new ‘Australian COVID Travel Portal’, which brings together key safety information, travel restrictions and guidelines from across the country.

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More grant funding for regions affected by bushfires

01 October 2020

The Australian Government has announced a third round of funding under the $10 million Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program.

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Destination Storytelling 2020

01 October 2020

Great stories move us. They have the power to tap into our emotions and inspire a sense of wanderlust. Stories have the potential to take us from the glow of our various screens to places across the world. But what makes a story great?

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9 million Aussies eye road trips in next three months

01 October 2020

According to a survey conducted by Finder.com.au, more than three in five (61%) people – equivalent to 12 million Aussies – said they were planning a domestic holiday over the next three months.

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Daleys Point in NSW is the new holiday hotspot amid COVID-19 restrictions

30 September 2020

Most Australians wouldn’t have heard of this coastal destination but it’s suddenly seeing a phenomenal spike in interest – so what’s so good about it?

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Bar Botanica are now fully licensed!

29 September 2020

It took a while for Bar Botanica’s license to come through but you know what they say - good gins come to those who wait.

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'List your Business on VisitNSW.com' Live Zoom discussion

29 September 2020

Destination NSW invites you to join a Discuss and Develop your Business session on how to list your tourism product on the NSW visitor website visitnsw.com.

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October holidays test for covid-safe tourism

26 September 2020

October school holidays will be a test, as businesses balance a domestic travel boom with the need for social distancing. It’s hoped our region’s proximity to Sydney, will see out-of-towners come in droves.

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Government encourages NSW residents to be tourists in our backyard

23 September 2020

NSW Government is calling on all residents to be a COVID safe tourist in their own backyard and support local businesses by booking tours and visiting attractions.

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Surge in domestic travel, but will it save the Australian tourism industry?

23 September 2020

Trapped on home soil — and many in their own states — people are flocking to explore their own backyards, creating a spike in domestic tourism.

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SA open border to NSW and QLD allow some North Coast to visit

23 September 2020

South Australia's Premier has confirmed coronavirus border restrictions with New South Wales will be lifted from midnight tonight.

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$50 million for Business Events Grants program

16 September 2020

The Australian Government announced it would provide $50 million to create the Business Events Grants program, as part of the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund for sectors, regions and communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

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QR Check-in for NSW Businesses now live

16 September 2020

The NSW Government’s COVID Safe check-in tool has now gone live. The tool is available to registered COVID Safe businesses and features a QR code to allow customers to check-in at venues across NSW.

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Central Coast holiday lettings are experiencing a big spike in demand

16 September 2020

Central Coast holiday home and apartment specialists are currently seeing an extraordinary boom in domestic bookings.

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Australia being considered for a 'travel bubble' with Hong Kong

09 September 2020

Australia, along with other countries including New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, France, Germany and Switzerland are.being considered as part of a Hong Kong travel bubble.

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Australia one of their top three destinations when borders reopen

02 September 2020

New data has revealed travellers in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the UK have named Australia as one of their top three travel destinations for when borders reopen.

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Safework Mental health resources

02 September 2020

NSW businesses and individuals can now obtain information and support for workplace mental health through the Mental Health at Work website

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10 key measures for restoring confidence in travel Infographic

02 September 2020

People are eager to visit friends and relatives, take a much-needed break, or simply return to some normality.  However, they need reassurance that travel is safe. 10 key measures for restoring confidence in travel Infographic

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Tourism Australia Resources for Covid-19

01 September 2020

The Australian Government has published a series of new resources to support businesses in responding to COVID-19.

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Business Events Research

01 September 2020

Tourism Australia’s dedicated business events unit, Business Events Australia, has completed its first wave of research to understand attitudes to restarting events amongst Australian corporate decision-makers.

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Coast’s tourism strength during challenging year

01 September 2020

Like all of Australia, the Central Coast has taken a hit due to COVID-19 but the region is also showing remarkable resilience. Key tourism measures have shown significant year-on-year spikes for the Central Coast in June and July and a number of new businesses have also emerged across the region.

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Business Connect toolkit helps businesses get back on track

01 September 2020

A new online toolkit is helping businesses navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Developed by the NSW Government’s business advisory service Business Connect, the toolkit includes more than 35 webinars on a range of business-related subjects, fact sheets and training videos.

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PM urges Christmas deadline in easing travel restrictions

01 September 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told Parliament that Australia's States and Territories should aim for COVID-19 restrictions to be easier in time for Christmas.

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National Visitor Survey Results for the Year to May 2020

17 August 2020

Tourism Research Australia have released the National Visitor Survey results summarising domestic overnight visitation statistics for the five months of 2020.

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Service NSW app to include a QR code for COVID Safe customer check-in.

11 August 2020

Service NSW app is being updated to include a QR code that allows customers to check-in quickly and efficiently at hospitality venues across NSW.

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Masks strongly recommended in NSW in high-risk public settings to help prevent spread of COVID-19

11 August 2020

The NSW Government is strongly encouraging greater use of masks in high-risk public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Bushfire support for small businesses extended.

11 August 2020

Support has been extended for bushfire-impacted small businesses across NSW with grant applications now remaining open until 15 December through the Small Business Assistance Program.

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Register as a Covid Safe business and add COVID Safe Badge to your VisitCentralCoast business listing

11 August 2020

NSW businesses are reminded to complete a COVID-safety plan, register their business as COVID-safe and observe the health advice regarding physical distancing, hygiene and staying home if unwell.

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Destination NSW industry program now available on demand.

03 August 2020

Destination NSW, NSW First program assists tourism businesses to develop, promote and sell their tourism products. The training program includes online webcasts that are available live and now on-demand, to cater to busy round-the-clock tourism businesses across NSW.

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Third Edition - Global Market Update

01 August 2020

Destination NSW has developed the third edition fo the Global Market update to provide tourism operator with an overview of the key visitor markets for NSW.

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July Tourism Industry Webinar recording

29 July 2020

Missed our July Industry Webinar featuring Destination NSW’s General Manager Marketing Jan Hutton? Watch the recording now.

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Jobkeeper payment and income support extended

28 July 2020

The JobKeeper Payment will be extended by six months to 28 March 2021 and the temporary Coronavirus Supplement for those on income support will be extended until 31 December 2020.

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NSW to shine on leading Network 10 lifestyle shows and inspire future travel

28 July 2020

NSW will star exclusively in all 10 episodes of Taste of Australia season 2, and feature in segments across seven episodes of The Living Room, showcasing some of the state’s top tourism destinations and experiences to Network 10 viewers from July to November.

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Council seeks EOIs for Lakes Festival 2020

22 July 2020

Do you have a creative vision? Council is seeking Expressions of Interest to fill a pop-up wave structure that will play host to a variety of entertainment across the ten days of the 2020 Lakes Festival.

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New strict Covid-19 rules for NSW venues

21 July 2020

New rules have come into effect limiting pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurant, to group bookings of 10 people and capping the number of customers inside a venue to 300 people.

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NSW Caravan and Camping industry launches new campaign

21 July 2020

Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW has launched a new campaign to showcase the caravan and camping spots and inviting cabins welcoming visitors right across regional NSW

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Tourism Recovery campaign, Love NSW, continues

21 July 2020

Destination NSW’s Tourism Recovery campaign, Love NSW, continues to reach new and engaged audiences thanks to a range of partnership activities including the Central Coast.

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Go Local First campaign

21 July 2020

Australians are being urged to buy from small businesses in their local communities in a nationwide campaign. The “Go Local First” campaign highlights the vital role of small businesses for recovery and to keep communities thriving.

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Storytelling in marketing

21 July 2020

Storytelling is about tapping into people’s emotions. Baring both the good and bad is how stories inspire and motivate and it also fosters brand loyalty. Creating a narrative around your brand or product not only humanises it but also inherently markets your business.

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New Small Business Recovery Grant

14 July 2020

Thousands of small businesses reopening across NSW can access up to $3,000.00 under a new Small Business Recovery Grant.

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If you love live music, listen up. 1000 gigs are coming to Sydney and NSW

13 July 2020

A new music event will bring 1,000 COVID-safe gigs to Sydney and regional NSW in November, giving Australian artists a much-needed boost.

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Do You Know What Australian Traveller Want?

11 July 2020

Tourism Research Australia has released a series of Domestic Visitor Profiles that focus on the different demographics and activities of domestic overnight visitors.

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Australians can now travel to EU

01 July 2020

The European Union has included Australia on a new safe list of countries it will allow non-essential travellers from.

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Now’s The Time To Love NSW

01 July 2020

New industry toolkits are available to help NSW tourism businesses get involved in the state’s tourism recovery campaign

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NSW to host FIFA Women’s Football World Cup 2023 matches

30 June 2020

The world’s largest women’s sporting event is coming to New South Wales after Australia and New Zealand won the rights to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

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Send us your videos for Love Central Coast Instagram TV

30 June 2020

Do you have any quality professionally produced video content of your business? If so, these might be suitable for sharing to the Love Central Coast Instagram TV.

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Business Events Boost Program launches to aid domestic recovery

25 June 2020

Business Events Australia have launched a funding program to support industry-led business events, and marketing and distribution projects.

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COVID Ready Program

25 June 2020

It's not too late to take part in the Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) tourism specific COVID Ready program which has been developed by industry for industry.

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Scholarships available for tourism and events staff in regional NSW

25 June 2020

Future industry leaders living in regional areas across the State can now apply for one of 12 event management scholarships thanks to the NSW Government’s partnership with Meetings and Events Australia (MEA).

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Tourism contributes 4.1% of GDP and 8.1% of Australia's regional workforce

22 June 2020

A new infographic from Tourism Australia provides a handy reference for tourism's significant economic value to the Australian economy, particularly in regional areas.

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Australian tourism looks different after coronavirus.

21 June 2020

Tourism operators say things will look very different as Australia emerges from coronavirus and many tourism operators are relying on the reopening of state borders soon to survive.

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Larger-than-life pelican statue planned for The Entrance.

11 June 2020

Central Coast Council is pushing ahead with plans for a larger-than-life pelican statue at The Entrance, to help promote the renowned pelican feed.

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NSW's allows regional travel, dining out, gyms and beauty treatments

10 June 2020

Restrictions have now eased in NSW, as of 1 July a number additional activities are allowed

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Central Coast first stop on Destination NSW promotional roadshow

09 June 2020

Central Coast was the first stop when the Channel Nine, Today show's weather presenter Tim Davies was hosted in our region on Monday 1 June as a part of a ‘recovery road trip’ to coincide with the easing of restrictions.

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Bouddi National Park Coastal Walk upgrade

09 June 2020

The Bouddi Coastal Walk upgrade will improve the spectacular eight kilometre coastal walk from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach in the Central Coast's Bouddi National Park.

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Business connect advisors to help tourism operators

09 June 2020

Small businesses in industries hit hard by COVID-19 are set to benefit from 40 new Business Connect advisors, with tourism specialists among them, being deployed across NSW to help provide valuable advice and guidance.

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Tourism Australia Launches travel status map

09 June 2020

Tourism Australia has created an interactive travel status map that enables consumers and industry to navigate the travel restrictions and the reopening of state and territory borders.

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June long weekend Harvest Festival moves online

03 June 2020

Central Coast Council brought highlights of the popular June Long Weekend Harvest Festival into local homes through an exciting new online format.

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Mandatory Covid-19 conditions for food & drink premises and cellar doors

03 June 2020

The NSW Government recently signed off on a new Public Health Order with details on COVID19 restrictions with the imperative that we continue working together as a collective industry to ensure community safety. 

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Kristi Blake from Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific announced person of the year

03 June 2020

Congratulation to Kristi Blake from Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific who won the Sales, Marketing or Business Development person of the year in the recent MEA (Meeting & Events Australia) annual awards.

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NSW First Webinar - Digital Marketing Tips: Love NSW

02 June 2020

Destination NSW invites you to join them for a free Digital Marketing Tips webinar, presented by Jan Hutton, General Manager Marketing - 9.30am Thursday 4 June 2020

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No better time to love NSW – tourism industry and regions set to reboot 2020

01 June 2020

New South Wales regions and tourism businesses are set to receive a major boost with the easing of travel restrictions, as the Government revealed NSW residents took almost 2 million international leisure trips worth $16.7 billion last year. 

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NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service campgrounds are now open and bookable online from 1 June

01 June 2020

Nature lovers and regional economies are set to benefit as NSW national parks get ready to welcome holiday visitors back into campgrounds, ahead of the June long weekend.

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Gyms, pool, yoga and dance studios open from 13 June

01 June 2020

Gyms, indoor pools, yoga and dance studios will be able to reopen across NSW from 13 June 2020 and kids’ sport from 1 July 2020.

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Central Coast Grant Finder

27 May 2020

Central Coast Council has launched the Central Coast Grant Finder. This site provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities currently available.

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Destination NSW, NSW First: Quick Tips for post covid

27 May 2020

The road ahead can feel unclear for the travel and tourism industry in NSW. Destination NSW is with you on this journey with practical advice and support.

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China's experience of travel recovery

27 May 2020

China’s COVID-19 lockdown has ended, and travel is tentatively restarting. In this article, we look at how it has recovered so far, what Chinese travellers think about their future travel. Countries and regions around the globe are gradually moving past the peak of the pandemic. China’s experience may shed light on what other countries can—and cannot—expect for their own travel recoveries.

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The Australian Reptile Park will reopen to the public 1 June

26 May 2020

From Monday 1 June 2020, the Australian Reptile Park will reopen to the public. The reopening date was set once the NSW Government made the announcement that due to zoos being largely outdoors, social-distancing conditions were good for the visiting public

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Destination NSW CEO Steve Cox broadcasts message for industry

26 May 2020

Destination NSW chief executive officer Steve Cox has a message for industry following 24 May announcement of intrastate travel resuming from 1 June.

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Pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants open to upto 50 patrons as well as beauty salons open from 1 June.

22 May 2020

The NSW Government will allow pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants to have up to 50 customers and beauty salons can open from 1 June 2020, subject to a one person per four square metre rule, and with strict social distancing guidelines.

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Coast ready for easing of regional travel restrictions

21 May 2020

Central Coast Council is prepared to once again welcome visitors to the region when regional travel restrictions are eased from 1 June 2020.

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Holiday travel restrictions to be lifted from 1 June 2020

20 May 2020

NSW residents will be able to take a holiday anywhere in NSW from next month, with intra-state travel restrictions to be lifted from Monday 1 June, 2020.

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Business development workshops build new opportunities

20 May 2020

The NSW Government’s Business Connect program continues to deliver a comprehensive program of webinars to assist small businesses during these challenging times.

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Current grants and funding available

20 May 2020

Each Australian state and territory has different financial help, restrictions and assistance for businesses affected by the Coronavirus, so it’s important to stay up-to-date with new announcements

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Travel experiences of Australia from the couch with Tourism Australia's first-ever live program of virtual events

13 May 2020

Tourism Australia's Live from Aus was a program of live entertainment on Facebook over a whole weekend and hosted by some of Australia’s most adored and iconic personalities designed to energise and inspire future travel.

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Some restrictions revised from Friday 15 May but restrictions around holidays remain

12 May 2020

After assessing the new framework from National Cabinet, the NSW Government has announced a further easing of restrictions from 15 May. 

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Federal Government outlines 3 Step framework to ease restrictions

12 May 2020

The Federal Government will now begin to take careful steps to ease some of the restrictions that have helped suppress the spread of COVID-19 virus.

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Destination NSW mix-it-up with digital puzzles online

06 May 2020

To inspire those missing beautiful NSW landscapes, the majestic Sydney skyline or your fix of cuddly creatures? Destination NSW’s has a new collection of 18 digital puzzles for a free, mind-soothing distraction.

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National Tourism Restart Taskforce Established

06 May 2020

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Tourism, the national peak body for tourism organisations, has formed a Tourism Restart Taskforce. The Taskforce will provide advice to industry and Government on the short, medium and long-term priorities to rebuild tourism in Australia.

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Trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone

06 May 2020

Australia and New Zealand will officially create a Trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so. The 'bubble' will ease travel restrictions between Australia and New Zealand and speed up economic recovery across both countries.

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SafeWork Australia launches hub of Covid-19 guidelines for industry

06 May 2020

Safe Work Australia has developed specialised industry guidelines and information across 23 sectors to assist businesses return to work in a COVID-19-safe environment.

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Register your business for NSW Buy Regional Campaign

06 May 2020

If you are a local producer you can register your business for Buy Regional. The Buy Regional online hub showcases regional shops and sellers and is made up of six categories to make it easier for shoppers to find the perfect gift or local delicacy and support regional NSW.

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Tourism and events industry encourage Australians to download COVIDSafe app

06 May 2020

The tourism and events industry has encouraged even more Australians to download and use the COVIDSafe app saying it was the next step in the containment of COVID-19 and would help to hasten the easing of current restrictions and social distancing measures.

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Terrigal Boardwalk Project & Rockpool Restoration

06 May 2020

Terrigal boardwalk, currently under construction, is a 277-metre-long boardwalk designed to complement the natural environment and create a continuous link to the town centre.

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Funding Lifeline for Zoos and Aquariums

29 April 2020

The Federal Government unveiled a $94.6 million support package to assist exhibiting zoos and aquariums with costs associated with caring for their animals, and help Australian zoos and aquariums remain viable and ready to welcome visitors when restrictions are eased.

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NSW Covid-19 Restrictions updated

29 April 2020

The NSW Government announced an update to COVID-19 restrictions relating to small social gatherings at home, students’ return to school and retail activities in May.

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International E-tourism Course Now Available

29 April 2020

International tourism educator — the UNESCO Chair at Università della Svizzera Italiana (in Switzerland) — has reopened its course on digital communication to assist tourism businesses build capability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Webinar and guide on JobKeeper for tourism industry

23 April 2020

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has partnered with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), to record a webinar and produce a guide for industry on the JobKeeper Program

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Tourism Australia launches virtual resources to inspire North American travellers

23 April 2020

Tourism Australia’s Americas team has debuted a series of fun and engaging training initiatives, resources and incentives for the United States and Canadian travel agent community,

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Small business encouraged to register for NSW Government’s SME advisory program

23 April 2020

Business Connect, NSW Government’s small business advisory program available to assist to navigate these challenging times.

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Virgin Australia enters voluntary administration

23 April 2020

The NSW Government has confirmed its support for a competitive aviation sector in response to Virgin Australia Group entering voluntary administration.

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NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service close campgrounds and high-use areas

21 April 2020

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has closed all camping and campgrounds and has restricted access to some high-use visitor areas in NSW national parks.

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Virtual backdrops to lift spirits and encourage post-pandemic travel planning.

16 April 2020

Destination NSW and Tourism Australia have produced a custom series of virtual backdrops for industry and the public to use during Zoom or video conference calls, bringing great outdoors, cute and cuddly animals and iconic locations into homes around the globe.

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Distillery Botanica help with a sanitiser solution

13 April 2020

Distillery Botanica in Erina are doing everything they can to assist as well as providing pure Ethanol to pharmacies, their sister company has created Mr Black hand sanitiser available at cellar door and online.

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New Government Agency - Resilience NSW - Established

08 April 2020

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the creation of a new Government agency, Resilience NSW, which will drive a world-leading disaster preparedness and recovery approach for the local community.

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With Love From Aus - Tourism Australia launches new video

08 April 2020

Tourism Australia has released a new video via social media and the web reminding visitors of the beauty of the Australian landscape that awaits future holiday makers.

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#LoveCentralCoast – the new marketing campaign to support our tourism community

30 March 2020

Our #LoveCentralCoast campaign encourages each and every Central Coast resident, business and operator to support local, buy local and love local.

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COVID-19 Business Stimulus Guide 

26 March 2020

Through our tourism industry networks, in this instance, our friends at Hunter Valley Wine Tourism Association -  we’re pleased to share some more detail on economic and financial relief available for business as part of the Australian government’s economic response to COVID-19.

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Cafe and Restaurant advice around Covid-19 closures

24 March 2020

On Sunday 22 March, the Prime Minister made an announcement that the National Cabinet has agreed to move to more widespread restrictions on social gatherings that restrict Restaurants and cafes to takeaway and/or home delivery.

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NSW Government support for businesses

24 March 2020

On 17 March 2020 the NSW Government announced a $2.3 billion health boost and economic stimulus package to protect the community and help protect jobs in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak over the next six months.

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Tips And Ideas To Help Weather The COVID-19 Storm

20 March 2020

Some sound and practical advice shared by our industry colleagues at Destination North Coast.

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10 reasons to be optimistic about the Coronavirus

11 March 2020

However serious a threat coronavirus poses, it’s important to retain perspective. More people die of tuberculosis each day – and of air pollution every five hours – than have succumbed in two months of Covid-19.

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CHANGED PROGRAM DUE TO COVID-19 ~ Live Well Week – 28 March to 5 April 2020

11 March 2020

Central Coast Council's Live Well Week sees strong connections and networking with local businesses who have a strong passion for celebrating healthy living, nutrition, food, and wellness made possible by the amazing lifestyle on offer to us right here on the Central Coast.

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Domestic Arts Tourism: Connecting the Country

11 March 2020

Domestic tourism provides an opportunity for Australians to immerse themselves in exceptional cultural experiences, and many Australians are travelling to experience the arts

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Tourism Australia: State of the Industry Report

11 March 2020

Tourism continues to be a driver of growth for the economy. Historically, international visitors have propelled the industry, but it is Australia’s desire to travel around Australia that sees the sector exhibit double-digit growth in value in 2018–19. Coronavirus and bushfires in Australia are expected to have a significant impact on the Australian tourism industry in 2020 but in-depth analysis is not yet available.

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Visa rules for foreign backpackers changed to aid bushfire recovery

11 March 2020

Foreign backpackers who work in bushfire-affected regions including land clearing and rebuilding fences or homes for three months, will be eligible to stay in Australia for a second year under amended visa rules.

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Facebook offering help to small business for bushfire recovery

11 March 2020

Facebook Australia is offering bushfire recovery support to small businesses that have been affected during this difficult time.

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Destination NSW's tourism recovery campaign with heart

11 March 2020

The recovery of NSW’s tourism industry from the effects of drought and bushfires is in everyone’s hands with Destination NSW launching a new marketing campaign: Now’s The Time To Love NSW.

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$1 Million Fund for Regional Events Now Open

04 March 2020

Regional communities – in particular those affected by bushfires and drought – can now apply for $1 million worth of grants to deliver events that attract visitors and provide an economic boost to local businesses.

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Launch of Tourism Australia’s new international recovery campaign.

04 March 2020

The first phase of Tourism Australia’s new international recovery campaign, 'There’s Still Nothing Like Australia', has launched supported with the $25 million allocated to Tourism Australia through the Australian Government’s National Bushfire Recovery Fund to stimulate demand and rebuild Australia’s reputation as a highly desirable destination.

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The ongoing Coronavirus outbreak is set to hit the Australian visitor economy much harder than SARS.

04 March 2020

Economic modelling undertaken by Tourism and Transport Forum, Australia's peak industry group for the Australian tourism, transport and aviation sectors, suggests that losses to the tourism industry in Australia could run to $2 billion a month.

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Central Coast features at Asia-Pacific’s leading trade show for the business event industry

25 February 2020

Central Coast Council joined with 29 regional NSW conferencing locations and meeting facilities at AIME 2020, Asia-Pacific’s leading trade show for the business event industry.

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2020 Industry events kick off at The Springs

20 February 2020

Close to 100 of our tourism community members enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast and fascination presentation, on Aviation at the first of our monthly events co-hosted by The Springs at Peats Ridge.

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List your business on every relevant tourism website with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW)

13 February 2020

The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) is a database for Australia’s tourism operators to easily promote their business or events across numerous digital platforms, including VisitCentralCoast.com.au and VisitNSW.com.au. ATDW contains quality tourism information designed to attract tourists and increase visitor numbers and expenditure.

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20 Marketing Strategies to Increase hotel bookings

13 February 2020

When it comes to attracting customers and optimising revenue marketing strategies play a crucial role. However, this is a complex area, because there are many different techniques and approaches that fall under the tourism marketing umbrella.

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Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf, Woy Woy

13 February 2020

Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf's light-filled dining room juts out onto the calm waters of Empire Bay, and has floor-to-ceiling windows so you can see pelicans zoom in and out, boats putt by and mangroves peacefully blowing the coastal breeze. 

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Update on Have A Little Adventure Campaign 2020

11 February 2020

The recent unprecedented climatic conditions have impacted the scheduled delivery of the 2020 “Have A Little Adventure” campaign.

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Central Coast Locals Win Multiple International Film Festivals

11 February 2020

Equivocal Redemption is a Feature Film that is receiving international praise winning Best Feature Film - CKF International Film Festival, Best Fiction - American Golden Picture International Film Awards, Best Director - Florence Film Awards, Best Original Screen Play - New York Movie Awards. Four Central Coast locals were key to the movie’s production.

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Sydney Oyster Tours, Mooney Mooney

11 February 2020

Sydney Oyster Tours guides people through operating Broken Bay oyster farms for an authentic farm experience. Meet second and third-generation farmers, visit their leases on the Hawkesbury River, and taste the famous Broken Bay Oysters.

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Al Mare Beachfront Resort, Blue Bay

11 February 2020

Al Mare offers absolute beachfront luxury accommodation exclusively for couples. this secluded retreat has absolute beach frontage with spectacular ocean views. Step from your self-contained luxury suite and find yourself among rock pools and golden sand with the Pacific Ocean lapping at your toes.

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Avoca Beach Seafoods

11 February 2020

Avoca Beach Seafoods is the place to go for great Fish and Chips! With an absolute beachfront location, from the covered outdoor seating you're literally five steps to the beach.

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Jasmine Green, Umina Beach

11 February 2020

Healthy and delicious food and coffee in the park by the beach. All their food is made with love using the best fresh & locally sourced ingredients. Great coffee, nourishing food and house-baked sweets!

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Central Coast Holiday Parks and Patonga Camping Ground

11 February 2020

While it occupies only a small section of New South Wales, the Central Coast stars with its stream of bays, inlets, beaches, and lakes. This region is a water lover’s dream.

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Norah Head Lighthouse

11 February 2020

Central Coast’s Most Spectacular Icon, Norah Head Lighthouse is a magnificent place to play or stay.

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Sail Central Coast - Hardy's Bay Yacht Charters

11 February 2020

We have some of the best sailing waters in the world - Broken Bay, The Brisbane Water, The Hawkesbury River and Pittwater are amazing and the raw beauty and diversity will take your breath away. Visitors can explore our fantastic waterways with Sail Central Coast, who offer an array of experiences from a 3-hour 'taste of sail' to a wonderfully romantic overnight stay in the waters of a secluded beach.

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NSW Government declares a state of Natural Disaster for Central Coast region

11 February 2020

Entire streets in Long Jetty and surrounding suburbs have been submerged. Across the Central Coast, there were tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power, and storms have caused damage and blocked roads.

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Hawkesbury River Oyster Shed

05 February 2020

Hawkesbury River Oyster Shed is a small local oyster farm based in Mooney Mooney supplying produce straight from the freshest source - the Hawkesbury River.

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Holiday Here This Year

05 February 2020

Australians are being encouraged to throw their support behind Australia’s tourism industry in the wake of the devastating bushfires by holidaying in their own backyard.

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Central Coast Stadium's 20th birthday

05 February 2020

2020 will be a year of celebration for Central Coast Stadium, which turns 20 years old. This year will see a plethora of special sporting and community events to recognise the anniversary.

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Tourism podcasts you should be listening to

05 February 2020

Podcast listening has become one of the best ways you can catch up on new trends, topics, and discussions in your field of interest. Here are the top 10 here are some tourism podcasts we found.

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TripAdvisor’s First Page Guide for 2020

05 February 2020

TripAdvisor is one of the main online marketplaces in tourism and almost all tour operators are listed there. But just being listed there may not have the same result as featuring on its first page.

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Steve Cox named as Destination NSW CEO

05 February 2020

Minister for Tourism has announced the appointment of Steve Cox as the new CEO of Destination NSW.

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OOOmph Cafe, East Gosford

01 February 2020

Situated in East Gosford and serving the central coast with delicious food since 2005, great ingredients have always been important to the team at OOOMPH.

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Pocket Bar, Terrigal

01 February 2020

Terrigal's Pocket Bar maintains all the trimmings of its flash Sydney cousin with the bonus of being smack bang by the beach. It’s close enough to hear the waves crashing while you enjoy a cocktail at the bar or take a twirl around the dancefloor later in the night.

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8 Travel Trends You Need To Know For 2020

29 January 2020

The start of a new decade provides the perfect opportunity for travellers to switch up how they see the world and embrace new travel trends.

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Link & Pin, Woy Woy

28 January 2020

Link & Pin was a coupling mechanism used to join train carriages together. Today, Link & Pin Licenced cafe joins people together through great coffee, food and vibes.

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10 things successful tourism operators do differently

16 January 2020

If you want to run a successful and thriving business in the tourism industry, the following 10 strategies or traits are used by businesses that have demonstrated longevity and success in this ever-changing industry.

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11 Tourism Marketing Tips to Boost Your Results

16 January 2020

Tourism marketing is the collective name given to the various marketing strategies used by businesses within the tourism industry. Here are 11 tourism marketing tips to improve your marketing results.

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A Statement from Destination NSW regarding bushfires

13 January 2020

A statement from acting CEO of Destination NSW regarding bushfires

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Help those affected by the devastating bushfires

13 January 2020

During this summer of unprecedented bushfires, millions have shown their true nature of generosity, kindness and compassion for all those affected.

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Emergency and disaster support now available

13 January 2020

Have you been affected by the bushfires and need emergency and disaster support? Services are now available.

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NSW Government provide $1 billion fund to support bushfire recovery

13 January 2020

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet promise $1 billion over the next two years to rebuild bushfire impacted communities across NSW.

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Business Council of Australia launches community support initatives

13 January 2020

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) has put in place two initiatives to provide support and relief to Australians impacted by the bushfire crisis.

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NSW Small Business Commission seeking feedback on bushfire impact

13 January 2020

The NSW Small Business Commission is seeking feedback from NSW small business and tourism operators on the impact of NSW bushfires.

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Sydney Opera House sails lit up in tribute to firefighters.

13 January 2020

The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House were lit up on the evening of January 11 in tribute to firefighters battling Australia's bushfires.

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TreeTops RFS appreciation day

13 January 2020

TreeTops hosted a series of fundraising days including one at Ourimbah on 13 January, in which they donated a percentage from all ticket sales to NSW RFS.

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Bushfire support and helpful links

13 January 2020

Attached is a complied list of organisations where you can easily access important information relating to bushfires, recovery and support.

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Tourism trends for 2020

13 January 2020

Every industry has trends and innovations — the tourism industry is no exception. In a rapidly-evolving landscape, new trends are appearing and taking hold all the time. Changing demographics, advances in technology, shifting social mores: these influences and others all help give rise to important new tourism trends.

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'Have a little adventure' campaign success

01 January 2020

Thanks to the support and incredible contribution from you, the Central Coast visitor industry, 2018 was one of the most successful years to date in changing perception and driving tourism in our beautiful part of the world.

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Have a LIttle Adventure Campaign wins 11th advertising award

01 January 2020

The ‘Have a Little Adventure’ campaign has picked up another award, the silver WARC award for Best Use of Data, taking the total number of industry and advertising awards to eleven.

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The wild flower bar and dining, new look restaurant opens at Bells

27 November 2019

Bells at Killcare, the 5-star boutique resort on the NSW Central Coast, is excited to announce a new look and feel to its restaurant from December. The Restaurant will be named ‘the wild flower bar and dining’ with the new direction reflected in menu and interiors, while welcoming Sean Connolly to the Bells team to help oversee this creative culinary change.

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Newcastle Airport Launch Seasonal NZ flights

19 November 2019

Newcastle Airport has launched its seasonal route to Auckland on the eve of the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Supercar event.  On the back of last year’s successful season, the routes deliver international connectivity and significant economic benefit to this region, the Hunter and Northern NSW.

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Christmas kicks off on the Central Coast

19 November 2019

The festive season is set to embrace the Central Coast with special Christmas events planned at Gosford, Toukley and The Entrance.

Celebrations kick off with ‘Christmas in Kibble Park’ at Gosford, followed by ‘The Lighting of the Christmas Tree’ at Toukley, and then ‘A Luminous Christmas’ and ‘Carols in the Park’ at The Entrance.

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Australian Reptile Park Makes History as first business to hold NSW Business of the Year AND Major Tourist Attraction

18 November 2019

With their recent win of the coveted 2019 NSW Tourism Awards ‘Major Tourist Attraction’ award, the Australian Reptile Park is now the first business in history to hold both the NSW Business of the Year and NSW Major Tourist Attraction awards within 12 months.

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Celebrities Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall sell up in Sydney to move to the Central Coast.

18 November 2019

In a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald's Domain section, Celebrity couple Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall announced the surprise decision to list their Sydney trophy home to move closer to family on the Central Coast.

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Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures Turns 50

18 November 2019

Congratulations go out to Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures who turn 50 this year. Glenworth Valley is a fantastic family-owned business and local success story, with all three generations of the Lawler family still working on the business today.

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Central Coast AquaPark opens again for summer

18 November 2019

Central Coast AquaPark, a $400,000 inflatable water park and the only one of its kind in NSW, will open at the Gosford waterfront on 16 November. This is the third year that the temporary water wonderland has visited Gosford.

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NSW destinations and venues present at AIME

12 November 2019

AIME is the leading exhibition for the meetings, incentives and events industry. As the largest international event of its kind in Australia, each year the exhibition invites a community of over 4,000 suppliers and meeting and event planners under one roof

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12th annual Christmas Fair at the beautiful Mount Penang Gardens and Parklands

11 November 2019

The largest outdoor shopping Christmas event on the Central Coast is now in its 12th year expecting more than 10,000 people perusing food, crafts, Santa and more.

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Lakes Festival 2019

01 November 2019

With over 20 events designed to activate, educate and celebrate our local waterways at seven different locations across the Coast, The Lakes Festival will have something to suit all tastes from Friday, 8 November to Sunday, 17 November 2019.

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New Tourism Australia campaign

01 November 2019

Tourism Australia has unveiled its new $38 million global campaign, encouraging travellers worldwide to “Come live our Philausophy”. Over three years, the campaign will invite the world Down Under to experience the unique Australian way of life.

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Is your VisitCentralCoast.com.au business listing looking its best?

01 November 2019

VisitCentralCoast.com.au is targeting 20,000 unique visitors every month. The site provides a vital source of information for visitors and directs people who intend to travel to your individual business. If your business is not on VisitCentralCoast.com.au you are losing out on an easy and free way to target visitors to the Coast.

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Radio promotion opportunity with Sydney's WSFM

01 November 2019

Tourism Central Coast has an opportunity with Radio station WSFM Sydney to promote your product or hotel through a competition giveaway. This is an opportunity to reach almost half a million listeners of the daily breakfast show with Jonesy & Amanda.

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Aquafun Avoca owners celebrate 20 years.

01 November 2019

Aquafun owners Mick and Jenny Kilp and son Nick are about to arrive at their 20th anniversary of owning Aquafun. A huge milestone that has seen the business grow from a very small operation to now being one of the Central Coast’s most popular summertime attractions.

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Seasalt, Crowne Plaza recognised as best Regional Hotel Restaurant in NSW

18 September 2019

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific’s Seasalt Restaurant has been crowned the winner of the 2019 NSW Regional - Restaurant in a Hotel/Resort at the Restaurant & Catering Awards For Excellence held at The Star in Sydney.

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Seaside nostalgia feel for Lakeside Shopping Centre refurb

17 September 2019

With the Lakeside Shopping Centres recent renewal, the re-styling vision was to retain that feeling of the community shopping village, whilst engaging graphically with the coast. 

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Crowne Plaza Terrigal reveals conference and events renovation

10 September 2019

The newest conference and events facilities on the Central Coast are now open. Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific revealed the renovation with the first event hosting over 180 delegates held in early August.

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Australian Reptile Park launches new event and function experiences

01 September 2019

With the opening of a new undercover area, perfect for events, Australian Reptile Park has launched its portfolio of function and event offerings including a choice of catering options, unconventional spaces and fierce and fun extras like venomous snake milking.

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Wellness tourism is growing twice as fast as general tourism

11 June 2019

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) estimates wellness tourism is a $639 billion global market, growing twice as fast as general tourism. According to the Global Wellness Economy Monitor, Australia is in the top five wellness tourism markets in the Asia Pacific.

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Escala Luxury Suites

10 June 2019

Architecturally designed and award-winning Escala Luxury Suites has been decorated with high-end furnishings to create a wonderfully exclusive visitor experience for couples, newlyweds or an escape from the city.

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Gosford Chocolate Factory one year on

09 June 2019

The Gosford Chocolate Factory opened one year ago as the home of renowned Australian confectionery producers, Nougat Limar, Bon Bon Fine Chocolate and The Sydney Marshmallow Co.

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Travellers more likely to visit official regional sites before online travel agencies*

06 June 2019

Many travellers crave experiences over traditional holidays and the popularity of regional tourism websites proves this. Typically, these regional website expose the local experiences that cater to travellers, not just flights and cheap deals.

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How to influence travellers with user generated content

06 June 2019

Today, user-generated visuals have more influence over a traveller’s decisions than any other content type. Travel is such a visual experience. When people visit a new destination or have an experience they take photos and video to preserve their memories and more and more are sharing those experiences with friends and families across social media networks.

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Central Coast means Good Food

04 June 2019

Two out of five of the best brunches in regional NSW are found in the Central Coast, according to Good Food.

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Working with Tourism Australia

28 May 2019

Tourism Australia is responsible for promoting Australia as a holiday destination internationally. There are many ways you can connect with Tourism Australia to benefit from campaign activity, research, market data and more to grow your tourism business.

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New York then Woy Woy..Now Hardys Bay

14 May 2019

Aussie restaurateurs Rupert Noffs and Matty Bennett were the toast of New York City, so there was a bit of an adjustment when they swapped the Big Apple for Woy Woy but have now opened restaurant number two on the Central Coast.

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Online travel agencies - not just selling hotel's anymore

07 May 2019

The online travel agency business has historically been built around selling hotel stays but in 2019, there will undoubtedly be the drive to diversify their core businesses not only into apartments and vacation rentals, but also into tours and activities, restaurants, food delivery and ridesharing.

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Promote your winter deals and offers now

07 May 2019

To encourage visitation by Sydneysiders this Autumn and Winter, we want to promote your tempting deals and offers on Visit Central Coast website and join us now to be a part of our always-on - Have a Little Adventure - digital, native social media campaign

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Whale Watching Season Begins

07 May 2019

Between May and November, more than 30,000 whales make their way along the Humpback Highway - the stretch of water is the route thousands of whales take to migrate north from Antarctic waters to the tropics to breed during winter - travelling Central Coast waters. You can watch the spectacular show from our clifftop lookouts, beaches and cruises.

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Highlighting the hinterland - Harvest Festival 2019

06 May 2019

Flaunting our beautiful hinterland, the Harvest Festival held over the June long-weekend on 8 & 9 June is a farm to plate or even hand to mouth experience our of local produce and producers. Soak up the live music, free entertainment and celebrate our regional produce. Follow the event trail, visit local farms, pick your own fruit and relax at our many event hubs.

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Is your business up-to-date on visitcentralcoast.com.au?

04 April 2019

User-friendly, mobile enhanced VisitCentralCoast.com.au, gives every business who welcomes visitors to the Central Coast the chance to be a part of marketing our exceptional region for free by simply registering your business and self-managing your profile.

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The Entrance Lake House - a locals favourite

04 April 2019

While savouring the ambiance of The Entrance Lake House's beautifully restored interior and admiring the uninterrupted lake views, customers love their commitment to combining the freshest, seasonal produce (sourced locally whenever possible) to create dishes that reflect our multicultural heritage and relaxed coastal lifestyle.

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