Upgrade the WIN Entertainment Centre

Tourism is already a major economic driver for the region with domestic and international visitors supporting thousands of jobs in hotels, motels, restaurants and hospitality.

In March 2016 Tourism NSW reported that domestic and international visitors to the region spent an estimated $420 million locally. An upgraded WIN Entertainment to include Convention facilities will be a game changer for Wollongong.

It will help create more jobs in what is termed, the MICE sector - Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events. It will also help to encourage more people to make return visits to the Illawarra following on from a conference experience.

Only Labor government will commit the $50 million needed to deliver this upgrade. Labor will boost local tourism opportunities that support jobs and investment in the region.

Delivering more than 280 jobs for the region an upgraded WIN Entertainment and Convention Centre will create an additional $12 million in regional economic benefit and attract close to 40,000 visitors to the city every year.

The existing WIN Entertainment Centre currently employs 270 people.  It is estimated up to 287 additional on-going jobs will be created across a range of hospitality and events business.

The economic benefits will be felt in accommodation, hospitality, transport and retail sectors.

An upgraded Entertainment and Convention Centre will be a centrepiece of the Illawarra fostering our tourism offerings as the second largest convention centre in New South Wales, and further supporting the Illawarra’s growth as a major regional tourism destination for both domestic and international visitors.