The incredible weather we are having right now seems to be bringing people out and about so the important thing business owners can do for the future of their own business, the Port Stephens tourism industry, and our community is to ensure you are doing the right thing for your staff and customers and keeping them COVID Safe.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Destination Port Stephens members Facebook page where we aim to continually keep you up to date with the latest information.
Most importantly we encourage you to touch base with your tourism industry colleagues for a chat and share ideas of how they are managing their COVID Safe practices. Connection is the key to working together.
Eileen, Sharon and Nat
SEPTEMBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY – SPECIAL OFFERS
If you have a special offer to attract visitors during the September school holidays (26 September-11 October 2020) please send through the details so DPS can promote them on our website and via our digital and social media activities. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
ECO FRIENDLY PORT STEPHENS PAPER BAG
Port Stephens Packaging has just released an eco-friendly Port Stephens branded paper bag, made from recycled paper and is reusable and recyclable. The bags feature the new Port Stephens destination branding, Incredible by Nature, and are available for local businesses and retailers to purchase.
Port Stephens Packaging General Manager Rob Peel said “Our vision was to produce something that all businesses in the community could use to help replace single use plastic bags, while at the same time helping to promote our region with our wonderful new brand”.
You can have a look at the new bags and order with the downloadable brochure.
INDUSTRY FAMIL OFFER – TOMAREE COASTAL ADVENTURESAmy from Tomaree Coastal Adventures would like to invite you to join a guided walk on the 16th September as a famil for the industry. Guided walks will run approx. once a month limited to 15 people. Each walk will be a different version of offered tours, please choose carefully as some walks are harder than others – get in touch if you need some help deciding.This is a great opportunity to experience first hand what we can offer visitors to Port Stephens.
HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS INSURANCE
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has launched an inquiry to investigate the practices of the insurance industry that impact small businesses and consider whether small business insurance products are fit for purpose. Affected tourism small business operators may be interested in contributing to this inquiry. This survey is open until 30th August 2020.
FUNDING AND GRANTS
Live Music Australia Competitive Grant Program
The Live Music Australia program is part of the Australian Music Industry Package, announced on 30 March 2019. The program is designed to bring more live music to Australian communities and will fund applications that support quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged, with a focus on small to medium venues. Closes 13 September 2020. Read more
Expedia Group Revive and Relief Program
Expedia is committing $400 million to help independent and chain hotels rebuild their business and optimise cash flow, in response to the impact of COVID-19. Expedia Group will reinvest 25 per cent of the compensation earned in 2019 from participating properties into marketing credits for use with Expedia Group. The company is also reducing its compensation on all new bookings made within the three-month program period. Read more.
CONFERENCES & TRAINING
Business Connect Toolkit
A new online toolkit is helping businesses as they continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Developed by the NSW Government’s business advisory service, Business Connect, the toolkit includes more than 35 webinars on a range of business-related subjects, fact sheets and training videos. Topics include Building a Successful Online Store, Survive and Thrive during COVID-19 and Brand Building. To access the Business Connect Online Toolkit click here.
Online Tourism Industry Development Program
DNSW is hosting a series of free online webinars and digital training, to enable tourism business owners to hear expert advice about the domestic market, teach them how to sell bookable products online and how to work with different distribution partners. Read more & register.
Wellness Travel Opportunities in a Changing World – Virtual Conference 9 September 2020
In this ever-changing world where our new normal has shifted, hear global leaders share learnings on how their businesses have adapted to new customer needs and government regulations. Get the latest on how to drive greater spend from domestic travellers on wellness experiences.
Join panels of industry experts as we deep dive into the latest consumer insights as travellers adjust to the changing landscape. The Wellness Travel Opportunities in a Changing World Virtual Conference will be held on Wednesday 9 September 2020 from 9.30am – 2.30pm.Read more & register
Australian Regional Tourism Conference: 26th – 28th October 2020
The Australian Regional Tourism Convention (ARTC) is a must-attend event for local councils, regional tourism organisations, tourism professionals and business and government personnel who wish to contribute to the future of regional tourism in Australia. This year’s convention will be held in Ballarat and the theme is ‘Building resilient and adaptive communities that thrive’. Read more.