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Council to bring Agritourism workshop to Moss Vale

26 June, 2012Posted in: Events, Tourism
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Wingecarribee Shire Council in conjunction with Tourism Southern Highlands and Destination NSW are inviting participants to attend a unique Agritourism workshop in Moss Vale on Thursday 12 July.

Tourism Southern Highlands Manager Steve Rosa explained the concept.

“Agritourism is broadly described as any activity that invites visitors to a rural community to experience the agricultural landscape, culture, food, wine and natural environment,” he said.

“Traditional examples of Agritourism include farm experiences, country accommodation, food and wine tourism, tours and farm gate sales.

“Agritourism also represents an opportunity to diversify existing agribusinesses, with the potential to provide an alternative or additional income stream and a succession plan to keep family members on the land,” Mr Rosa said.

The Moss Vale Agritourism Business Development Program will be held from 9.00am to 3.30pm at the Mount Ashby Vineyard at 128 Nowra Road, Moss Vale on Thursday 12 July.

The workshop is being held as part of a series of field days throughout the Southern Inland region of NSW. Other locations involved in the program include Young, Murrumbateman, Braidwood and Crookwell.

A number of local operators will be in attendance at the local workshop giving participants a first-hand insight into the growing field of Agritourism.

“The workshop is open to all interested parties,” Mr Rosa added. “People who are currently involved in the industry but are seeking to diversify or improve their business, people who have an idea or concept but are unsure how to bring it to life, and even people who have never heard of Agritourism are all invited.”

The Agritourism Business Development Program workshop is supported by Destination NSW under the Regional Tourism Product Development Funding program. The day will be run by Agritourism specialistsKnowledge Transfer Services, in partnership with Inland NSW Tourism and Southern NSW Harvest Inc.

Cost is $25 per person with morning tea and lunch provided.

Bookings are essential. Contact Jade Hopkins on 0432 306 385 or via email at jade.hopkins@regionalfoodsystems.com.au to confirm registration.