New South Wales has been divided into 13 tourism regions to provide a workable administrative structure upon which to manage tourism in this state. Each region (other than Sydney and Lord Howe Island) has an RTO that works independently, and you can contact your RTO directly. RTOs are separate independent bodies to Tourism NSW.
Each RTO is currently developing a strategic plan. Their aim is to provide a strategic focus for the region to increase visitation and yield. RTOs work with Tourism NSW and the Local Tourist Associations / Visitor Information Centres to package and promote products and services within their region.
For more information on the strategic plans click here.
Within each region LTAs and VICs work with the local tourism industry, local government, the RTO and Tourism NSW to develop and market tourism in their local area. Each LTA and VIC operates independently. You should contact your local LTA or VIC to learn more about the services and benefits they offer your area.
The RTO, LTAs and VICs work within, and in partnership with, the diverse local tourism ‘industry’. This industry includes operators, many other business sectors, industry associations, support services and government agencies. A local integrated approach to tourism results in the provision of higher quality tourism products and services to visitors.
Your local council can advise you regarding the building, zoning, operating and health and safety issues that you need to consider for your business. They can tell if you need to make a formal application for approval to develop or operate. The council may have an employee whose role is managing tourism within your local area who can give you up-to-date local knowledge and information on current issues. They may also provide you with the contact details for the LTAs, VICs and tourism manager. The council will also have information on future town planning that may affect your business, eg road works, signage and other developments.