Our first speaker, local identity Jan Ross, Manager of Tourism & Economic Development at the City of Newcastle, began the evening congratulating guests on helping make Newcastle one of the hottest travel destinations in Australia and the world. She then shared a video highlighting the great city we live in, which featured recent national events held here in Newcastle such as the Port to Port mountain bike race and the Australian Water Ski Racing Championships. Jan then finished on a high talking about the upcoming AFC Asian Cup, which Newcastle will play host to in January and is expected to be broadcast in 80 countries with a potential reach of 2.5 billion people.

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