My ARTN and Tassie experience…

By Tilma Director Linda Tillman

The Australian Regional Tourism Network is the national peak body for regional tourism in Australia and the Convention aims to bring a mixture of regional tourism operators and professionals together.

The Convention is a great place to network, have some fun, enjoy some different tourism experiences and learn something new.

It really is a week that all regional tourism practitioners should be part of!

And the networking is one of the greatest benefits of the Convention. It is a place to catch up with old friends and make new ones and the chance to talk tourism with likeminded people.

This year the ARTN Convention was held in Tasmania!

It was my first time to Tassie and wow, will I be back!

Following is a day-to-day overview of my experiences at ARTN and Tassie, with a few tips thrown in. Enjoy!


Today I fly into Melbourne only to realise that I may have underestimated the weather in the south!

I spent a night at Holiday Inn Melbourne airport before I head off to Tassie bright and early the following morning.


Once again I turn on the naive country appears as though you need to allow more check-in time for Virgin flights than Regional Express. Yep, I almost missed the flight (as the girls in our office know, this is a regular occurrence)!

Landing in Launceston and the fun continues - an apple was hiding in my bag and the beagles/sniffer dogs were on hand ... oops!

So the Convention begins…

I participated in the Convention on the move taking a famil to North West Tasmania. It was so nice to be the visitor for the day and it gave us a hands-on opportunity to see the host State and experience what other operators are doing. 

This famil was all about local produce and agri-tourism, giving me some ideas on the huge potential we have within the Riverina region in NSW.

With the famils broken up into smaller groups, and about 20 in my group, it was a great way to kick-start the weeklong conference and break down the barriers and get to know some other lovely tourism peeps.

Tonight we stayed overnight at Cradle Mountain where we enjoyed a relaxing dinner and great company!

Tilma key out-takes:

-          There is huge potential for agri-tourism in the Riverina region!!!

-          Networking really is a valuable business tool – do not underestimate it.

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