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Wineries sell more wine direct to consumer

Winemakers producing up to 5,000 cases of wine a year are selling more than half their wine direct to the consumer. The figures, from a new report published by Wine Australia, reflect long-term changes in the way Australians are buying their wine. The smaller the wine producer, the greater the direct-to-consumer sales as a proportion of…

From the Chambers: December 2019 – Kurri Kurri Towns with Hearts

TOWNS WITH HEART NEWS Two new murals unveiled November saw the completion of two new murals for Kurri Kurri. The Women of World War I mural was created by local artists Peter Sesselmann and Stevi Cannon and is located on the Allworth Street wall of the Kurri Kurri Library. This mural recognises the role of…

Hunter Wine. A History – 31 October

Join wine historian, Dr Julie McIntyre, as she delves into the history of wine in the Hunter Valley on Thursday 31 October from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at Cessnock Library. Co-author of Hunter Wine: A History, Dr McIntyre will share insights covering our history all the way back 1828. Dr McIntyre will talk through six generations…

WANTED – feedback from visitor economy businesses – closes 18 October

If you are an accommodation provider, restaurant owner, retailer or tourism operator, the NSW Government wants to hear from you. They are conducting an online survey which they hope will give them insights into the sector. The survey is part of the NSW Government’s Visitor Economy Index (VEX) – an initiative of the Visitor Economy…

Sponsorship opportunity! Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards

Expression of Interest by 25 September 2019 Promotional Opportunity for Local Business at November Event About the event: Since 1981, the Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Program has been rewarding and recognising projects around litter reduction, waste management, recycling, heritage, community spirit and other environmental areas in towns both large and small across the breadth…

Tourism export workshop in Lovedale

A workshop on exporting tourism to the international travel trade will be held in Lovedale on August 26. The practical Inbound Strategy Workshop is being hosted by Destination NSW and is designed to provide tourism businesses, such as tours, attractions and accommodation, with the necessary steps to develop and sell export-ready tourism products. This workshop…

inclusive tourism good for business

Unlock the potential of new customers with inclusive tourism

Inclusive tourism refers to tourism services and products where people of all abilities feel welcome and wanted as customers and guests. Being able to service people with a disability, an ageing population and young families becomes increasingly important as these segments of the public continue to grow.   Becoming more inclusive could prove to be…

Cessnock Council negotiates to host Golf NSW tournament

Cessnock improves its swing to host Golf NSW regional qualifying tournament

Cessnock City Council is excited to partner with Golf NSW to grow the city’s reputation as a great golfing destination. The Council is negotiating to host a NSW Open Golf Championship Regional Qualifying tournament over the next three years. Golf NSW is now engaging with golf clubs in the Cessnock area that are interested in…

Here's to the good life!

Calling for Pledges – 2nd phase of ‘Here’s to the Good Life’ campaign

The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Alliance, including Cessnock City Council, Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association (HVWTA) and Singleton Council, has committed to run the ‘Here’s to the Good Life’ cooperative marketing campaign in partnership with Destination NSW (DNSW) for the next 2 years. We are now working towards the launch of the 2nd…

the alternative to drink driving

New drink driving penalties. Will they affect your business?

New drink driving penalties came into effect on May 20, 2019. If you blow over .05 it now means an automatic suspension of your driver’s licence. What might the changes mean for businesses in the hospitality industry? And, at the same time, what can the industry do to ensure that it doesn’t affect their business?…

Changes to Music Festival Licences

Changes to music festival licences

Changes to NSW music festival licences came into effect on March 1, 2019. They are designed to provide harm minimisation at music festivals. This applies mainly to events that are deemed to be of high risk by the NSW Department of Industry Liquor and Gaming.   What about Cessnock? The Hunter Valley is well known…

Map launch at the Visitor Information Centre

Official visitor map launched!

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent launched the first edition of the Hunter Valley Wine Country Official Visitor Map, alongside local business owners at the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre.   The map has been developed by Council in collaboration with local businesses who feature on the map. The end result is a comprehensive, user…

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