Delivering Sydney's visitor economy: drivers and directions

Delivering Sydney's visitor economy: drivers and directions

Jun 20
CEDA welcomes Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O'Sullivan, and industry leaders, as they discuss the importance of the visitor economy.


John O'Sullivan, Managing Director, Tourism Australia
Geoff Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, ICC Sydney
Lyn Lewis Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Sydney
Margy Osmond, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism and Transport Forum

Event overview

Tourism already contributes a total of $27.9 billion to the NSW economy per annum and employs close to 267,000 both directly and indirectly. With much needed investment in infrastructure and a bourgeoning middle class across the Asia-Pacific, the potential for growth in Sydney's visitor economy is enormous.

In a globally competitive tourism market, Sydney cannot rely on its natural wonders and world-famous landmarks to entice tourists to its shores. Careful planning, continued investment in infrastructure, and coordination between Government and industry stakeholders is needed to ensure that the benefits from the visitor economy are maximised.

CEDA's Delivering Sydney's visitor economy event will examine:

  • The importance of tourism as a services sector, growth potential, and contribution to Australia's current and future economic prosperity;
  • Infrastructure investment across transport systems, airports, accommodation options, and world-class venues providing Sydney with capacity to meet demand in the visitor economy;
  • Government initiatives that attract business, sporting and leisure events in a competitive global marketplace; and
  • The importance of Sydney as a visitor gateway to regional NSW and Australia. 

Meet the speaker

John O'Sullivan
Managing Director, Tourism Australia

Meet the panel

Geoff Donaghy
Chief Executive Officer, ICC Sydney

Lyn Lewis Smith
Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Sydney

Margy Osmond
Chief Executive Officer, Tourism and Transport Forum

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