Talking Tourism

Issue 629, October 8, 2020


Welcome to this week’s edition of Talking Tourism newsletter.

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$1 million funding for regional events now available

Event holders from around the State are encouraged to apply for the 2021-2022 Regional Events Scheme funding round. Supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA and the Regional Events Program, the initiative provides funding for smaller and developing WA events. A total of $1 million of funding is available through the scheme, including $150,000 for the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES). The RAES supports events that showcase Aboriginal activities and experiences through the leadership and participation of Aboriginal people. Acting Managing Director Derryn Belford said the Regional Events Scheme helped develop regional events as tourist attractions. “Events that shine a spotlight on a host region, attract visitors to the region and create regional jobs are encouraged to apply for funding through the Regional Events Scheme,” she said. Event holders can apply for funding for events held between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Applications close at 5pm WST on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. For more information visit Tourism WA’s website.


Aviation partnerships provide boost to WA’s north

Tourism WA has struck historic partnerships with Virgin Australia and Qantas to provide more than 50,000 affordable airfares to WA’s north over the next 12 months. As the State’s largest ever regional aviation deal, the fares will help stimulate tourism and provide an economic boost to the regions most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline deals form part of the State Government’s recently announced Regional Aviation Recovery Program, with funding allowing for the extension of affordable airfares between Perth and Exmouth, Broome and Kununurra through to 2021. Read more on Tourism WA’s website.


Businesses boosted with share of $8.7 million in grant support

More than 260 tourism businesses throughout the State will receive a share of $8.7 million in funding through Tourism WA’s Tourism Business Survival Grant. This is the second phase of the $14.4 million WA Tourism Recovery Program to support the State’s tourism businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest grants of between $15,000 and $100,000 will help local operators cover fixed costs and overheads, purchase business materials and services and adapt to servicing the domestic market. More information on the Tourism Business Survival Grant, including the full list of successful recipients is available on Tourism WA’s website.


Tourism WA and Qantas Hotels partner on staycations campaign

Tourism WA has partnered with Qantas Hotels on a Perth ‘Stay and Play’ campaign to increase staycation bookings across the city in the summer months. The campaign aims to entice West Australian Qantas Frequent Flyers to redeem their Qantas Points to enjoy a well-earned break in their home city. Qantas Hotels is also offering '20% off Points Plus Pay' on their site. The campaign kicks off from November 14, and will be promoted through Qantas Frequent Flyer audience channels. All Perth hotels currently partnering with Qantas Hotels will be automatically included in this campaign. If you are not listed with Qantas Hotels and want to find out how, please email Kate Quigley.


Cycling strategy under way to create tourism opportunities

Work has begun on a long-term cycling strategy for the Avon and Central Coast region to support local businesses by creating tourism opportunities, and improve safety and connectivity for residents. The State Government is developing the Avon Central Coast 2050 Cycling Strategy in partnership with the Shires of Beverley, Chittering, Dandaragan, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay and York, and is seeking input from the community. Share your thoughts via My Say Transport until Friday, November 6 or at one of the community drop-ins being held throughout the region. For more information, read the Transport Minister’s media statement.


National Japan Host program upskilling tourism businesses

Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), in partnership with Tourism Australia, is offering tourism businesses a chance to build their knowledge of the Japan market. The successful Japan Host program was launched by Tourism WA in 2019, in partnership with Japan’s leading travel wholesalers, Japan Yonshakai. The program will now be offered nationally, supported by Tourism Australia, with online workshops beginning in Queensland this month. Graduates will receive digital badging to display their market readiness. Registrations and dates for workshops across the country are available here.


Regional Recovery Package encourages home-grown holidays

The Federal Government is injecting $250 million into regional Australia, encouraging more Australians to travel and experience a home-grown holiday, boosting regional jobs and local economies. The package includes a $50 million Regional Tourism Recovery initiative to assist businesses in regions heavily reliant on international tourism, and $200 million for an additional round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Round five of the BBRF will be delivered the same way as its previous four rounds, with Infrastructure Project and Community Investment streams. Grant Opportunity Guidelines will be made available soon. For more information, read the Federal Tourism Minister’s media statement.


Business events exhibitor grants on offer

Large, multi-day business events that promote the Australian Government’s industry priorities and sectors can apply for funding from the $50 million Business Events Grants program. Grants of between $10,000 and $250,000 will meet up to 50 per cent of costs incurred in exhibiting at a pre-approved business event, such as exhibition space hire, design and manufacture, plus travel and accommodation. Funding will support exhibiting at events in 2021 and will remain open until all funds are allocated or until June 30, 2021, whichever is sooner. More information will be released closer to the program start date. Find out more here.


Call for speakers for WA Regional Tourism Conference

Conference organisers are seeking submissions of papers and topics from potential speakers for the 2021 Perth Airport WA Regional Tourism Conference. To be held in Geraldton from May 3-5, the conference provides delegates with professional and business development opportunities, networking and insights from industry-leading speakers on critical industry issues and innovative ideas. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, November 2, 2020. For more information visit the Tourism Council WA website.


Business Events Perth funding available

For a limited time, Business Events Perth is offering funding support to organisations to host local business events. Funding of up to $30 per delegate is available. Funds can be used towards conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event program. Events must be held in Western Australia before June 30, 2021. For more information, contact Business Events Perth on 08 9218 2900 or visit the website.




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Hybrid Solar Eclipse Exmouth briefing session

October 13: On behalf of Tourism WA, the Shire of Exmouth and the Gascoyne Development Commission, Tina Smitherman Consultants invites local tourism and general businesses to a briefing session at 5.30pm, on the very rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse. The eclipse will occur at 11.27am on April 20, 2023 and will track a north east to south west path across Cape Range in the Shire of Exmouth. It is the only place on mainland Australia from which the eclipse can be witnessed. To manage visitors and ensure maximum benefit for businesses and the community from the event, substantial planning is required. RSVP before October 9 by email or provide comments in writing.


Last chance to register for Tourism WA Industry Update

October 14: Join the Tourism Minister, Tourism WA Chairman and Tourism WA’s leadership team as we outline our immediate and short-term priorities and strategies, and work towards ensuring as many West Australian tourism businesses as possible recover from the impact of COVID-19. The event will be held at The Westin on Wednesday, October 14, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. For those unable to attend in person, the update will be live-streamed so you can join us virtually. An industry networking session will follow the update. To RSVP please click here.


WA Industry Link Regional Communication Forum

October 15: The WA Industry Link Regional Communication Forum gives Gascoyne businesses the opportunity to hear from State Government agencies about upcoming projects in the region and how you can access them. The free event will be held in Exmouth, on October 15 from 4.30-7pm. To register visit the website.


Last chance to register for South West workshops and networking

October: It’s the last chance to register for Tourism Council WA’s (TCWA) training workshops and Tourism Connect networking events throughout Australia’s South West in mid-October. Join Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall at networking events in the Margaret River Region (October 13), Pemberton (October 14) and Albany (October 15). Tourism-specific workshops will be held in Kojonup (October 14) and Albany (October 15). To see the full schedule of networking events and workshops, and to secure your spot, visit TCWA’s website.


Tourism Council WA’s Network@Night

October 20: There is less than one week left to register for Tourism Council WA’s Network@Night. Held at the Duxton Hotel in Perth, the networking function will provide a great opportunity to connect with industry colleagues and discuss important issues facing tourism. Registrations close October 13, at 5pm. For more information and to register, visit TCWA’s website.


Australian Regional Tourism Online Convention

October 27 - 29: Registrations are now open for the virtual 2020 Australian Regional Tourism (ART) Online Convention. This year’s convention theme is ‘Building resilient and adaptive communities that thrive.’ The convention provides a way for regional tourism organisations and other tourism professionals to discuss the future of regional tourism in Australia. For more information, visit the website.


Perth Region Tourism Organisation AGM

October 28: The Perth Region Tourism Organisation Inc (Destination Perth) will host its Annual General Meeting for members at the Duxton Hotel on October 28, at 5pm. To view the agenda for the meeting click here. The meeting will be followed by networking opportunities. Please RSVP by email to or by phone 9321 9120 by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.


Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference

December 1-3: More than 60 speakers will present at the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference this year, in a vote of confidence for the ecotourism industry. Held in Margaret River, the event will be staged as a live conference for West Australians and as a virtual conference for those located interstate or internationally. The program has a strong focus on building the domestic market and rebuilding inbound markets. Presentations will be made by operators who have faced natural disasters, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tourism Council WA’s Xmas Tipple

December 4: Save the date for Tourism Council WA’s Xmas Tipple. The tourism industry’s biggest Christmas party, Xmas Tipple is the time to catch up and relax with others in the tourism industry and reflect on the year that was. To register for this event visit TCWA’s website.