2021 Perth Airport WA Regional Tourism Conference - Program

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Registrations now open - click here to secure your ticket!

The 2021 Perth Airport WA Regional Tourism Conference will take place in Geraldton on May 3 - 5, 2021. 

Program and timings subject to change. 

Conference prospectus now available - click here to download.

Monday, May 3 - Aboriginal Tourism Conference

9:00am Welcome to Country
9:10am

Introduction by MC

Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures Director Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell

9:15am

Opening Address

National Indigenous Australians Agency Regional Manager Greater WA Richard Aspinall

9:45am

WAITOC Update

WAITOC Chairman Doc Reynolds, CEO Robert Taylor, and Marketing Manager Di Below

10:15am

Ramping up the NT Bush Foods Sector

Kungkas Can Cook Owner Rayleen Brown

11:00am Morning Tea
11:30am

Local Operators – Yamaji Art

Yamaji Art Manager Roni Kerley

11:50am

Local Operators – Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures

Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures Director Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell           

12:10pm

Local Operators – Bundiyarra Tourism Experience

Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation CEO Wayne McDonald

12:30pm

Local Operators Panel

Facilitated by WAITOC CEO Robert Taylor

1:00pm Lunch
1:45pm

Desert Journeys – A Regional Tourism Strategy

10 Deserts Program Manager Zane Hughes

2:20pm

Building Resilience Through Collaboration

Outback Academy Australia Business Development Manager Neville Atkinson

2:55pm Afternoon Tea
3:20pm

Aboriginal Astronomy Shines for WA

Social Entrepreneur Madeline Anderson

4:00pm

Accessible Aboriginal Tourism

Morris Goding Access Consulting Access Consultant Richard Scott

4:45pm Day One Concludes

5:00pm -

7:00pm

Welcome Cocktail Function (Included for all Delegates) - see details below

 

Monday, May 3 - Visitor Centre WA Session (Exclusive to Visitor Centre Representatives)

1:45pm

Introduction and Opening Address

Visitor Centres WA Chair Troy De Souza and Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall

2:00pm

From Old to New: The Process of Redevelopment

Shire of Murray Tourism Coordinator Susan Allan

2:45pm

Working with Industry Bodies Panel

Facilitated by Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall

Tourism WA Senior Manager WA Partnerships and Industry Kym Francesconi

Destination Perth CEO Tracey Cinavas-Prosser

Visitor Centres WA Chair Troy De Souza

3:30pm Afternoon Tea
4:00pm

Embracing Digital Visitor Servicing in the Post-COVID Age

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Visitor Services Manager Peta Fussell

4:45pm

Day One Concludes

5:00pm -

7:00pm 

Welcome Cocktail Function (Included for all Delegates) - see details below

 

Monday, May 3 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm - Welcome Cocktail Function

Join fellow delegates, invited guests and sponsors for a welcome function featuring an address from City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane van Styn.

Location:            Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre, 56 Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton

Dress:                 Smart casual/business

 

Tuesday, May 4 - WA Regional Tourism Conference

9:00am

Introduction by MC

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall

9:10am

Ministerial Address

Hon David Templeman MLA, Minister for Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Heritage

9:25am

Insights from Tourism Western Australia

Tourism WA Acting Managing Director Derryn Belford

9:55am

Tourism Australia Update

Tourism Australia Managing Director Pip Harrison

10:25am

Future of Regional Aviation in WA

Qantas Group Executive Associated Airlines and Services John Gissing

10:55am Morning Tea
11:15am

Welcome to Geraldton

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn and Geraldton Midwest Chair Matt Rutter

11:45am

Following the Stars to the Ningaloo Eclipse 2023

Astrotourism WA Founder Carol Redford

12:05pm

The Kalbarri Skywalk: Creating a World-Class Regional Tourism Attraction

Parks & Wildlife Service Regional Operations Officer Midwest Region Rory Chapple

12:25pm

The Western Australian Museum - Sharing Stories in an Ancient Land

Western Australian Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles OBE

1:00pm Lunch
1:45pm

How the Southern Highlands became Australia’s Home of Pies

Steve Rosa, The Piemaster

2:30pm

Breakout Sessions 1

Stream 1: Using Virtual Tours to Keep the Show on the Road

Hidden DeTours Owner Monique Boucher and Carma The Social Chameleon Founder Carma Levene
 

Stream 2: Local Stories: Developing a Regional Tourism Business

Ultimate Watersports Director Lindsay Cannon  
3:00pm

Breakout Sessions 2

Stream 1: How to get attention in a post-COVID world

Busselton Jetty CEO Lisa Shreeve
 

Stream 2: State of the Industry

Caravan Industry Association WA CEO Julian Barry

3:30pm

Breakout Sessions 3

Stream 1: Attracting Direct Bookings to Your Tourism Business

Insight Hotel Marketing Director Rachel Finney
 

Stream 2: Tourism Tech Update: Chatbots and Automation

So Media Group Founder and CEO Adam Barrell

4:00pm Day Two Concludes

5:15pm - 

10:00pm

Conference Dinner (Included for all Delegates) - details below

 

Tuesday, May 4 - 5:15pm - 10:00pm - WA Regional Tourism Conference Dinner at a Secret Location

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies and GWN7 News presenter Noel Brunning, the conference dinner will bring together delegates for a relaxed networking and entertainment opportunity.

Dinner proceedings will include the presentation of the GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards and 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Individual Excellence Awards.

This year’s dinner will be held at a secret location, supported by Beverage Sponsors Happs Wines.

Dress:                 Smart Casual – White Preferred, but Optional

 

Wednesday, May 5

Optional half-day or full-day tour included for all delegates - click here for details

 

Registrations now open - click here to secure your ticket!