Dark Mofo director announced as the headline speaker at the NSW Regional Events Conference

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Leigh Carmichael, the visionary creative director behind Dark Mofo, Hobart’s fastest growing arts and music festival, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the NSW Regional Events Conference to be held in Port Macquarie on August 30-31.

Now in its third year, the NSW Regional Events Conference is an industry-specific event tailored for specialists in the tourism and events sector. The two-day program provides a unique opportunity for regionally focused professional development and enables event professionals, stakeholders and students to hear from targeted and experienced presenters on issues and topics directly affecting the regional events industry.

Event organiser, Belinda King of King Events, says the announcement of Leigh Carmichael coming on board is a major coup for the conference and communicates the significance of the event across the industry.

“Leigh is one of Australia's most influential creative forces, and his work with Mona helped increase Tasmania’s tourism to record levels. Dark Mofo has single-handedly flipped perceptions of business and tourism spend during Tasmania’s winter, traditionally a dead period. In just six years, the festival has developed a formidable reputation, and Leigh’s experience and insights will be a massive drawcard for our attendees”.

The packed program also includes sessions with speakers including Craig Swift-McNair General Manager of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) credited with the ongoing organisational transformation of PMHC.  Vicky Lowry, General Manager Deni Ute Muster, will also take to the stage to present the innovative strategies behind one of Australia’s most nationally recognised events.

Discussion of hot-button issues facing the industry will also feature on the agenda as experts tackle subjects relevant to event organisers and destinations. Representatives from Parkes Shire Council, Flashcamp, and Airbnb will talk on how to overcome accommodation shortages in regional NSW and delegates will hear from Destination NSW spokesperson, Helen Parker on how to target and attract events to regions.

Andrew Conkey