City precinct broadens Newcastle's international appeal

Tuesday, 6 February 2018


The University of Newcastle’s city precinct has become a major drawcard for attracting international conferences to the region, supporting the city’s cultural and economic renewal and boosting its reputation as a desired tourism destination.

Dr Tamara Young and Kate Ramzan-Levy

Another 200 delegates from around the world will converge in Newcastle this week for the 28th Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Conference to share insights into the changing behaviours of visitors, tourists and residents.

Associate Director of the Faculty of Business and Law, Ms Kate Ramzan-Levy, said there has been a significant increase in winning bids to host international conferences since the flagship NeW Space building opened its doors.

“The relocation to NeW Space has seen the Faculty host three international conferences for the Business School in the space of six months. As a result, we have welcomed over 600 delegates and utilised a range of venues in the city to host the conferences, injecting significant funds into the central business district (CBD).

“The city precinct has provided an opportunity for the Faculty to showcase its state-of-the-art facilities to business and economic leaders and academics across the globe,” Ms Ramzan-Levy said.

Hosted by the University’s Newcastle Business School, the CAUTHE 2018 conference will feature key note addresses from leading industry and academic experts, alongside sessions and workshops ranging from destination resilience and crisis recovery to understanding new and emerging tourist markets.

Conference Convener and Senior Lecturer in Tourism, Dr Tamara Young, said the conference’s ‘Get Smart’ theme was incredibly relevant to Newcastle as a smart city and tourism destination.

“CAUTHE 2018 will explore how easily accessible information is transforming the ways in which visitors and tourists behave, and how smart technologies can provide detailed insights into tourist motivations.

“The conference will provide a forum to discuss the effects of a globally connected traveller and how attitudes towards religion, ethics and sustainable tourism will need to be considered for future tourism and hospitality experiences.

“Newcastle first hosted a modest version of CAUTHE 25 years ago, so it’s exciting to bring global industry experts and professionals back to the city at the cusp of its transformation,” Dr Young said.

CAUTHE 2018 will run from Tuesday 5 February until Thursday 8 February at the NeW Space City Precinct, Newcastle.