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We want your vision for tourism in 2020
Hello, Welcome to Talking Tourism, Tourism Western Australia’s e-newsletter detailing all the latest news, events, products and other information of interest to you in the WA tourism industry. What's new from Tourism WA? What's new in the industry? • We want your vision for tourism in 2020 • Chinese TV gets a taste of Margaret River • ATE Guided Tours – applications open • QUIT Forest Rally encourages interstate • New five-year plan released by Tourism competitors WA • Forrest Chase unveils revamped website • Did you know? • Tourism Australia Market Briefings 2008 What's new in the workforce? What's on? • Business Blitz • Australian Surf Life Saving Championships • The Balance Program 2008 • Financial Literacy for Aboriginal women • Puppets alive at Australia’s first world puppetry festival • 2008 Drug Aware Pro Margaret River We want your vision for tourism in 2020 Over the past 20 years the Western Australian tourism industry has grown substantially. Now we are planning for the year 2020 and beyond, and we want to know what you think. A document Tourism 2020, a chance to have your say, has been prepared to promote discussion and feedback. Consultative workshops are also being held at 14 locations around the State during April and May. The first workshop is being held in Mandurah at the Seashells Hotel on 9 April from 9.30am to 12.30pm. To find your most convenient location and make a booking, please visit Tourism Western Australia. ATE Guided Tours – applications open Applications for the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) Touring Program are now open. Business owners and operators of near market-ready tourism product are invited to apply. This is an opportunity to see ATE in action and gain further understanding of how international trade shows operate and generate business for tourism owners. ATE 2008 will be staged at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre from Saturday 14 June to Friday 20 June, 2008. For more information and the application criteria, please visit ATE 2008 or email your application. New five-year plan released by Tourism WA Tourism Western Australia has launched a new strategic plan to set the direction for the Western Australian tourism industry to the year 2013. The Strategic Plan 2008 to 2013: Building for the Future, presents a clear course of action for the agency and the wider tourism industry. The plan is set to: improve the quality of visitor experiences, secure the future of regional tourism, grow visitor expenditure faster than visitor nights (numbers), accelerate the development of Aboriginal tourism, influence major infrastructure priorities and attract private investment, and build recognition that tourism and events enhance the unique WA lifestyle and supports the natural environment. For more information and to download a copy of the plan, please visit Tourism WA. Did you know? Decipher is an online data warehouse dedicated to providing the Australian tourism industry with the most recent and reliable tourism research and business intelligence. This dedicated website is a one-stop shop for a comprehensive range of up-to-date tourism information from more than 100 qualified sources, and is a valuable tool for anyone involved with the tourism industry. For more information, please visit Decipher. Business Blitz Tourism WA’s Business Blitz program will kick off in Kununurra on 3 April and Broome on 8 and 9 April. The Blitz will help tourism operators build their business and gain a competitive edge. Workshops will include attraction and retention strategies for tourism operators to enhance their recruitment knowledge. For more information or to register, please contact Nicola Howarth on 9262 1713. The Balance Program If you are finding it hard to balance your work and personal life then this is the workshop for you. The next ‘Balance Program’ will be held on 9 April and is a hands on workshop designed to help managers to develop successful wellness strategies. For more information, please contact the Australasian Management Centre on 1300 466 688. Financial Literacy for Aboriginal women Aboriginal women are invited to attend a two-day money managing workshop developed by financial educator Isabelle Adams. The training will give participants basic knowledge, understanding and skills to increase their confidence to manage their personal finances better. The workshop will be held 22 to 23 April at the Metro Hotel in Como. For further information, please contact Cassandra on 9451 1424. Chinese TV gets a taste of Margaret River Johnny Chan, founder and Chief Adviser of the Hong Kong Wine Club, recently visited Western Australia’s famous Margaret River Wine region to film for his TV programme ‘Tasty Journeys’. The programme is aired on ‘The Travel Channel’, a nationwide cable TV channel broadcasting to 30 million people throughout China. Johnny and his crew filmed a variety of food and wine experiences in and around Margaret River, Yallingup and Dunsborough. Highlights for the group included their experience at Howard Park and Madfish Wines and their Bushtucker River Tour. As a result of this visit, up to four episodes will be broadcast; the first aired in China on Tuesday 18 March 2008. QUIT Forest Rally encourages interstate competitors n increased number of interstate competitors are leading the charge for the opening round of the 2008 Australian Rally Championship season, the QUIT Forest Rally. Held in both the coastal town of Busselton and the forests of Nannup in Western Australia, the quality of the rally is well worth the trek across the Nullarbor for those interstate crews taking on the event. The QUIT Forest Rally kicks off on the Busselton Foreshore at 6pm on Friday 4 April with the Busselton Toyota Super Special Stage and will head out into the Nannup Forest for the gravel competition stages on Saturday 5 April and Sunday 6 April. For more information, please visit QUIT Forest Rally. Forrest Chase unveils revamped website Forrest Chase, the home of Myer and 38 speciality stores in the heart of Perth city, has unveiled its brand new website – complete with a fresh, new contemporary look and quick and easy navigation. Web users can sign up for a free VIP e-newsletter which provides exclusive details of all the latest looks, best buys and special offers available in stores. To view the new website, please visit Forrest Chase. Tourism Australia Market Briefings 2008 Tourism Australia is presenting a series of tourism market briefings which will deliver the latest market intelligence on Australia's top tourism markets, changes in the marketplace and expectations for the next 12 months. Market Briefings will take place between 26 March and 23 April 2008 in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, and are free of charge. To register your participation, please visit Tourism Australia and complete the online application. Australian Surf Life Saving Championships 2008 ‘The Aussies’, as the Championships are affectionately known, are back in 2008 and will be held at Scarborough Beach from 1 to 6 April. Along with competitors, around 500 officials and thousands of surf lifesaving enthusiasts are expected to flock to the 2008 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, making the event the largest of its type in the world. For more information, please visit Aussies 2008. Puppets alive at Australia’s first world puppetry festival UNIMA Australia and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre present the UNIMA World Puppetry Festival from 2 to 12 April. The first in the southern hemisphere and only the third time outside Europe, the Puppetry Festival will be a delight for all ages. The festival includes puppet theatre at various Perth venues, Mechanics Alive exhibition at the WA Museum, Mr Squiggle at the Library of WA and the world record breaking Million Puppet Project. For a complete run down on events, visit UNIMA. 2008 Drug Aware Pro Margaret River Thousands of surf fans are expected to descend on Surfers Point 6 to 13 April for Margaret River’s iconic international surf event. The Drug Aware Pro has been elevated to the pinnacle of the World Qualifying Series circuit, now the only male and female six-star surf tournament in the world. The event will also be televised to almost a billion people in forty eight different countries. For more information, please visit Drug Aware Pro.
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