2021 Perth Airport WA Regional Tourism Conference - Program

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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


Welcome to Country

Yamaji Art Director Charmaine Green


Introduction by MC

Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures Director Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell


Opening Address

National Indigenous Australians Agency Regional Manager Greater WA Richard Aspinall



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


Ramping up the NT Bush Foods Sector

Kungkas Can Cook Owner Rayleen Brown

11:00am Morning Tea

Local Operators – Yamaji Art

Yamaji Art Director Charmaine Green & Manager Roni Kerley


Local Operators – Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures

Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures Director Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell           


Local Operators – Bundiyarra Tourism Experience

Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation CEO Wayne McDonald


Local Operators Panel

Facilitated by WAITOC CEO Robert Taylor

1:00pm Lunch

Desert Journeys – A Regional Tourism Strategy

10 Deserts Program Manager Zane Hughes


Follow the Flowers – A Collaboration for Aboriginal Led Agri-tourism Development

Outback Academy Australia Business Development Manager Neville Atkinson

2:55pm Afternoon Tea

Aboriginal Astronomy Shines for WA

Social Entrepreneur Madeline Anderson


Accessible Aboriginal Tourism

Morris Goding Access Consulting Access Consultant Richard Scott


Tjina: Western Australian Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan 2021-25 Launch

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

4:50pm Day One Concludes

5:00pm -


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


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


Introduction and Opening Address

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


From Old to New: The Process of Redevelopment

Shire of Murray Tourism Coordinator Susan Allan


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

Embracing Digital Visitor Servicing in the Post-COVID Age

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Visitor Services Manager Peta Fussell


Day One Concludes

5:00pm -


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


Introduction by MC

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall


Ministerial Address

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


Insights from Tourism Western Australia

Tourism WA Acting Managing Director Derryn Belford


Tourism Australia Update

Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison


Future of Regional Aviation in WA

Qantas Group Executive Associated Airlines and Services John Gissing

10:55am Morning Tea

Welcome to Geraldton

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


Following the Stars to the Ningaloo Eclipse 2023

Astrotourism WA Founder Carol Redford


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

Parks & Wildlife Service Regional Operations Officer Midwest Region Rory Chapple


The Western Australian Museum - Sharing Stories in an Ancient Land

Western Australian Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles OBE

1:00pm Lunch

How the Southern Highlands became Australia’s Home of Pies

Steve Rosa, The Piemaster


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  

Breakout Sessions 2

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

Busselton Jetty Operations Manager Amy Gornall

Stream 2: State of the Industry

Caravan Industry Association WA CEO Julian Barry


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 - 


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