2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference - Program

The 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference includes a range of social events, key speakers, panel sessions and networking opportunities across three days.

Please note, program is subject to change. 

Optimise your trip to Karratha with pre- and post-conference touring - click here to view options. 

Location: Red Earth Arts Precinct

Monday, September 16 - Aboriginal Tourism Conference


Registrations and Networking


Introduction by Master of Ceremonies

Ngurrangga Tours Managing Director, Clinton Walker


Opening Address

National Indigenous Australians Agency Regional Manager Greater WA, Richard Aspinall


Industry Address: Scene Setting - Aboriginal Tourism

WAITOC Chair, Doc Reynolds and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Taylor


Local Government Engagement: City of Perth Support for Aboriginal Tourism

City of Perth Economic Development Principal, John Fish

10.30amMorning Tea

Comparing Country: Nyungar Boodja, South West

Go Cultural Aboriginal Tourism & Experiences Owner, Walter McGuire


Comparing Country: Yawuru, West Kimberley

Narlijia Experiences Broome Owner, Bart Pigram


Comparing Country: Ngarlumu/Yindjibarndi, West Pilbara

Ngurrangga Tours Managing Director, Clinton Walker


Comparing Country Panel

Facilitated by WAITOC Chief Executive Officer, Robert Taylor


Moorditj Koorlong: Engaging and Sustaining Aboriginal Young People

Koya Aboriginal Corporation Director of Research and Community Development, Cheryl Kickett-Tucker


Murujuga: The Largest Collection of Rock Art in the World

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation Project Director - Murujuga Tourism Program, Travis McNaught

3.00pmRoebourne Art Group Presentation and Immersive Experience
3.30pmAfternoon Tea

Culture in the Parks

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Tourism and Concessions Coordinator, Jacinta Overman and Parks and Visitor Services Coordinator, Ray De Jong

4.45pmDay Concludes


Monday, September 16 - Visitor Centres WA Sessions


Visitor Centres WA Question & Answer Session

Facilitated by Visitor Centres WA Chair, Matt Norton


Can You Imagine if Visitor Centres Made Money - Building a Sustainable Visitor Centre Model

City of Albany Project Leader - Visitor Services, Hamish Fell


The Changing Face of Visitor Servicing 

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Tourism Services Manager, Jenny Lee and Marketing Manager, Amanda Carmichael

3.30pmAfternoon Tea Sponsored by Aviair/HeliSpirit

Working with Industry Bodies Panel

Facilitated by Smart Tourism Principal, Karen Priest

Tourism Australia Industry Relations Manager, Kristy Carstairs

Tourism WA Partnership Manager, Kym Francesconi

Australia's North West Chief Executive Officer, Natasha Mahar

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Attractions Business Development Manager, Matt Norton

4.45pmDay Concludes


Monday, September 16 - WA Regional Tourism Conference

5.00pm  -

Welcome Cocktail Function - Complimentary for all delegates

Join fellow delegates, invited guests and sponsors for a welcome function hosted by the City of Karratha.

Venue: The Shelf, Red Earth Arts Precinct, 27 Welcome Road, Karratha
Dress: Smart casual/business


Tuesday, September 17 - WA Regional Tourism Conference
Included with all conference tickets

8.00amRegistrations and Networking
9.00amIntroduction by Master of Ceremonies

Ministerial Address 

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs


Scene Setting: Tourism Economic Outlook

Lucid Economics Director, Michael Campbell


City of Karratha: Changing the Perception

City of Karratha CEO, Chris Adams


Trending Digital Opportunities

Tourism Tribe Managing Director, Liz Ward

10.40amMorning Tea

Tourism WA Update

Tourism WA's Brodie Carr, Anthony Hayes and Mollie Hill


Tourism Australia Update

Tourism Australia Industry Relations Manager, Kristy Carstairs


Labor, Skills & Training Issues Panel

Facilitated by Tourism Council WA Chief Executive Officer, Evan Hall

FurtureNow Chief Executive Officer, Julie Hobbs

AccorHotels WA Regional Talent & Culture Manager, Fran Kirby

Blanche Bar Group Managing Director, Bart Parsons

Mackerel Islands Pty Ltd Chief Executive Officer, Drew Norrish

More panellists to be announced

1.00pmLunch Sponsored by Prinicpal Sponsor Tourism WA

Modern Travel Media & Your Business

Australian Traveller Media Managing Director, Quentin Long


Break Out Session 1:

1A - Auditorium
Developing Tourism Attractions

Tasmanian Tourism Developer, Simon Currant
Introduction by Tourism Council WA Chief Executive Officer, Evan Hall

1B - Rehearsal Room 1
Staging Regional Events to Improve Tourism Visitation

Events Industry Association WA Vice President, Darren Heath
Wrapped Creations Managing Director, David Yakas
Introduction by Tourism WA A/Event Development Manager, Georgia Norris

1C - Rehearsal Room 2
Developing Drive Tourism and Caravanning 

Caravan Industry Association of Australia Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Lamont
Introduction by Tourism WA A/Content Marketing Manager, Chris Amson


Break Out Session 2:

2A- Auditorium
Astronomy Capital of WA

Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory Head Astronomer, Richard Tonello

2B - Rehearsal Room 1
Freighting Ideas: Tourism, Tours and Collections

Art on the Move Executive Director, Kim Jameson
Art Gallery of WA Director Exhibitions, James Davies

2C - Rehearsal Room 2
Growing the Holiday Park Sector in Regional WA

Discovery Parks Chief Executive Officer, Grant Wilckens

4.00pmDay Concludes

5.30pm - 10.30pm

Conference Dinner - Included for all delegates

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies and GWN7 News presenter Noel Brunning, the conference dinner will bring together delegates for high-level networking and entertainment. Dinner proceedings include the presentation of the GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards and 2019 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards for Individual Excellence.

This year's dinner will be held at a secret location, supported by Dinner Sponsor Woodside and Beverage Sponsors Happs Wines.

Time: 5.00pm for bus transfers from Red Earth Arts Precinct
          Pre-dinner drinks from 5.30pm
Dress: Business formal


Wednesday, September 18 - Training Workshops & Tour Options
Included with all conference tickets

9.00am - 1.30pm
Delegates can select from the below options:

Roebourne and Cossack History Half Day Tour

Explore the Indigenous and pioneering history of the Pilbara visiting WA's first pearling port, Cossack, and Roebourne, the original administrative capital of the North. 

Includes the Victoria Hotel in Roebourne; Old Gaol precinct; Roebourne lookout; the historic town of Cossack; Point Samson and the Community Hall; transport. 

Workshop: Photography for Tourism

Become a more confident photographer and learn basic photography skills and how to apply them to your business's social media and digital marketing.

This workshop is suitable for tourism operators of all sizes, or anyone looking to improve their photography skills for use in digital marketing and online strategies. 

Workshop: Reaching Customers Through Distribution - Commissions, Channel Managers & More

Enjoy a thorough introduction to the often-complex tourism industry. Learn how your business fits into the broader tourism industry and how to actively become part of the network. 

Find out more about tourism distribution and the benefits of working with online travel agents, inbound tour operators, wholesalers and visitor centres as well as setting your rates correctly. 

Click here to register for the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference.