Published on Jul 5, 2016

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Advance Cessnock City hosted another successful networking event at the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre last Tuesday night.

More than 80 people packed the Centre to hear about exciting upcoming events in the Hunter Valley.

Cessnock Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent kicked off the night by highlighting the important role events play in attracting visitors to our region.  Mayor Pynsent said events and festivals provide an opportunity to showcase the unique and diverse character of the Hunter Valley.

Economic Development Manager Jane Holdsworth gave attendees an update about current priorities and projects.  She advised networkers it was critical to get involved in Council’s plan to update the Cessnock Commercial Precinct.  Ms Holdsworth topped off her presentation with information about improvements to the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre.

Ms Holdsworth also used the event to announce the Centre’s newest tenant Petersons Wines.  In addition to bringing wine tasting back to the Centre, Petersons will offer an export service for other cellar doors in the region.

Petersons Wines’ Colin Peterson said the service would take advantage of identified opportunities in the export market, especially within Asia.

Asian visitation at Australia is expected to increase tenfold in the next 5 years,” Mr Peterson said.

“Our group of small family wineries here in the Hunter aim to make it easy for visitors – either Australian or overseas – to get deliveries of wine purchased in the local area delivered to them.

“This can be by air freight or sea freight. Airfreight can be expensive compared to sea freight. The sea freight will be consolidated and sent to our offices every 6 – 8 weeks in China and Singapore with a Hong Kong office soon to open.

“Visitors can visit the wineries, purchase their wine and deliver to Visitors Centre for dispatch.”

Mr Peterson said he looked forward to rolling out the initiative and would reach out to wineries in the coming weeks.

All’s buzzing on the festival front!

Jimmy and Matt from Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen provided an overview of Pokolbin Pride.  They also talked to businesses about how to engage with the LGBTI or ‘Alphabet’ market.2 (2)

Fanny Cheuk from Vineyard Hill informed attendees about the annual Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.  Ms Cheuk gave a rundown about the cultural significance of the festival and how businesses can contribute to making the Hunter Valley an exciting location for the Chinese market to celebrate this time of year.

Contact the event organisers for more information about how to get involved:

Pokolbin Pride: Jimmy and Matt from Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen – jameswright2611@me.com

Mid-Autumn Festival: Fanny Cheuk from Vineyard Hill – fanny.cheuk@intexact.com

To discuss the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre or economic development, contact Jane Holdsworth on 02 4993 4257 or jane.holdsworth@cessnock.nsw.gov.au

Check out the image gallery to see who you can spot in the crowd!

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