A Rotary conference with up to 400 delegates will descend on Nelson Bay in 2018, worth at least $300,000 to the Port Stephens economy.
Rotarians gather each year for their annual conference to discuss projects, establish new contacts and, importantly for the host town, enjoy social outings such as dinners and cruises.
Nelson Bay was named the 2018 host of the Rotary district 9670 conference in Dubbo, this past weekend.
“It’s a golden opportunity for networking, meeting, discussing and expanding the work of Rotary and for Rotary to showcase itself to the Port Stephens community,” Nelson Bay Rotary past president Helen Ryan said.
“While in Port Stephens, delegates will take local dolphin cruises, play golf and bowls and enjoy all the many activities the region offers.”
Ms Ryan is the in-coming district governor and expects to see Rotarians come from as far Bourke and Cobar – the district covering a third of the state.
Wests Nelson Bay Diggers will host the conference from March 16 to 18.
Destination Port Stephens Marketing Manager Danny Eather said the Rotarians would be able to start booking accommodation immediately through portstephens.org.au.
He said the 2018 conference would generate more than $300,000 in revenue for the region.
“Our natural scenery, fresh sea air, abundance of seafood and produce and huge range of activities provide the perfect arena for events like the Rotary Conference and we are working hard to attract more events like this for Port Stephens,” Mr Eather said.
Ms Ryan said she had been working behind the scenes with Destination Port Stephens for 12 months to plan the conference.
“I’m so looking forward to welcoming so many of our members to my own turf here in Port Stephens and I’m sure the event will be a big success for us and the region as a whole,” she said.
“The object of the conference is to bring all Rotarians together to be inspired and enthused and to engage in the Rotary family of fellowship and learning.”
For general information on Port Stephens, visit the Destination Port Stephens website - www.portstephens.org.au.