Media Release

1 September 2016

Andrew Kalish from Downtown Brooklyn to deliver Melbourne Tourism Week keynote address

Destination Melbourne, the city’s independent tourism organisation, has announced the seventh annual Local Council Tourism Breakfast, to take place on Wednesday 7 September. This year’s event will feature a keynote address from Andrew Kalish, Director of Cultural Development for Downtown Brooklyn.

Mr Kalish will discuss the development of the Downtown Brooklyn brand and how the area continues to engage with local businesses to ensure the brand remains strong. His presentation will focus on investment attraction and how this investment can stimulate growth and drive visitation. 

“Downtown Brooklyn has seen unprecedented growth over the past decade,” Mr Kalish said. “The Downtown Brooklyn story is one of visionary public policy, championed by public and private investment that has left an indelible mark on the area.

“I’m excited to present to Melbourne’s tourism and local government leaders and inspire them to make tourism growth a key goal moving forward.”

Read Andrew Kalish's bio.

Laura Cavallo, Chief Executive at Destination Melbourne, says that the investment in local tourism throughout Greater Melbourne is essential, and it’s the primary reason the Local Council Tourism Breakfast exists.

“While the recent announcement of Melbourne as the World’s Most Liveable City will help attract international tourism to the city,” she said, “this event will educate attendees and help them to disperse the economic benefits of tourism throughout Greater Melbourne and beyond.

“We’re particularly thrilled to have an international keynote address from Downtown Brooklyn, a vibrant neighbourhood with a reputation many local precincts and destinations strive for.”

The Local Council Tourism Breakfast is supported by Principal Partner .melbourne, the city’s very own domain space.

Destination Melbourne invites representatives of local government, suburban precincts and industry stakeholders from across Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria to the Local Council Tourism Breakfast, Wednesday 7 September at Cargo Hall, 39 South Wharf Promenade. Local media are also encouraged to attend. Book a seat or reserve a table.