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

8.00am

Registrations and Networking

9.00am

Introduction by Master of Ceremonies

Ngurrangga Tours Managing Director, Clinton Walker

9.10am Ministerial Address (TBC)
9.30am

Industry Address: Scene Setting - Aboriginal Tourism

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

10.00am

Local Government Engagement: City of Perth Support for Aboriginal Tourism

City of Perth Economic Development Principal, John Fish

10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am

Comparing Country: Nyungar Boodja, South West

Go Cultural Aboriginal Tourism & Experiences Owner, Walter McGuire

11.20am

Comparing Country: Yawuru, West Kimberley

Narlijia Experiences Broome Owner, Bart Pigram

11.40am

Comparing Country: Ngarlumu/Yindjibarndi, West Pilbara

Ngurrangga Tours Managing Director, Clinton Walker

12.00pm

Comparing Country Panel

Facilitated by WAITOC Chief Executive Officer, Robert Taylor

12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm

Moorditj Koorlong: Engaging and Sustaining Aboriginal Young People

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

2.15pm

Murujuga: The Largest Collection of Rock Art in the World

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

3.00pm Roebourne Art Group Presentation and Immersive Experience
3.30pm Afternoon Tea
4.00pm

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

4.45pm Day Concludes

 

Monday, September 16 - Visitor Centres WA Sessions

1.15pm

Visitor Centres WA Questions & Answer Session

Facilitated by Visitor Centres WA Chair, Matt Norton

2.00pm

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

City of Albany Project Leader - Visitor Services, Hamish Fell

2.45pm

The Changing Face of Regional Servicing 

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

3.30pm Afternoon Tea Sponsored by Aviair/HeliSpirit
3.45pm

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

4.45pm Day Concludes

 

Monday, September 16 - WA Regional Tourism Conference

5.00pm  -
7.00pm

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

8.00am Registrations and Networking
9.00am Introduction by Master of Ceremonies
9.05am Ministerial Address (TBC)
9.20am

Scene Setting: Tourism Economic Outlook

Lucid Economics Director, Michael Campbell

9.35am

City of Karratha: Changing the Perception

City of Karratha CEO, Chris Adams

9.55am

Trending Digital Opportunities

Tourism Tribe Managing Director, Liz Ward

10.40am Morning Tea
11.10am

Tourism WA Update

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

11.40am

Tourism Australia Update

Tourism Australia Industry Relations Manager, Kristy Carstairs

12.10pm

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

More panellists to be announced

1.00pm Lunch Sponsored by Prinicpal Sponsor Tourism WA
1.45pm

Modern Travel Media & Your Business

Australian Traveller Media Managing Director, Quentin Long

2.30pm

Break Out Session 1:

1A - Developing Tourism Attractions
Tasmanian Tourism Developer, Simon Currant
Introduction by Tourism Council WA Chief Executive Officer, Evan Hall

1B - 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 Marketing Manager, Georgia Norris

1C - 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

3.20pm

Break Out Session 2:

2A- Freighting Ideas: Tourism, Tours and Collections
Art on the Move Executive Director, Kim Jameson
Art Gallery of WA Director Exhibitions, James Davies

2B - Astronomy Capital of WA
Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory Head Astronomer, Richard Tonello

2C - Growing the Holiday Park Sector in Regional WA
Discovery Parks Chief Executive Officer, Grant Wickens

4.00pm Day 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.