Local tourism heroes in Weddin will be filmed this week to feature in a new campaign 'We want you back' to stimulate tourism across the region once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The $30,000 tourism campaign is a partnership between 11 Local Government Areas (LGA), Orange360, Central NSW Joint Organisation and Destination Country and Outback, and will target the visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market which makes up 35-40 percent of travellers within and across the region.
"The aim of the 'We want you back' campaign is to create a personal connection between the locals and travellers we want to welcome back to help stimulate the economy once restrictions are lifted," Weddin Shire Council Mayor Mark Liebich said.
"Friends and family will be some of the first to visit as they seek to spend time with loved ones and travel to a safe, familiar place.
"We need to make sure our region is at the top of everybody's must-visit list once they can travel to regional NSW again."
Through their visual storytelling these heroes will personally share what they love about the region as a reminder and inspiration to others as well as promoting food, wine, retail and attractions, art and culture, nature and historical experiences.
Renowned videographer Andrew Barnes has been commissioned to capture the content including a series of video interviews (vox-pops), stills and beautiful imagery.
When it is safe to travel again, the campaign will be launched across social media and digital channels and supported by a public relations and social media campaign.
The local heroes have been selected based on their unique tourism stories and contribution to the community.
The film shoot took place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May and featured Denise Yates from Five Hours West and Maria Neill from Grenfell Shoes.
The LGAs being featured in the campaign include Orange, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Bathurst, Oberon, Lithgow, Forbes, Lachlan, Weddin and Parkes.
Domestic VFR visitation accounts for 37 percent of NSW domestic overnight visitors and spent over $3.3 billion. Accommodation may be hosted but they spend more in cafes, restaurants, attractions, shops, gifts and on local produce. VFR visitor expenditure in NSW has grown 23.9 percent, about twice holiday expenditure (12.5 percent). Intrastate visitors stay with hosts on average 4.1 nights according to a NVS study from March 2016.