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Industry Newsletter 17 March 2021


This week Regional Tourism Boards across Victoria united to share our concerns with Minister Dan Tehan regarding the investment in discounted flights. Avalon being the only recognised Victorian destination, our concerns spoke to the attraction of visitors across the state and the leakage of local visitors to interstate destinations.

Arnika Martin from our office was available at the Small Business Bus session held in Cowes on Monday.

As we approach our next busiest school holiday period, Easter we would like to know if you are doing something special that we can share across our digital channels. See details below.

The Board is preparing a submission to the Legislative Enquiry into the impact of the pandemic on tourism and events in the region. We encourage businesses also to consider a submission. More details here

For those businesses who are approaching the finish of JobKeeper we encourage you to seek IR support should you be looking at staff arrangements. This will be a challenging and tricky time and there are strict guidelines that apply once this program is completed. Support maybe available from the Victorian Chamber.

As always we are a phone call away, and can arrange a visit to see you if you would like to discuss key challenges or some good news stories with us. Please note our landline has now been cancelled so please remove that number from your directory.

Kim Storey 0409 250 895
Pauleen Boulton / Arnika Martin 0466 620 856

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Victorian Tourism Conference

Join us at the Victorian Tourism Conference 2021 on 21-22 April 2021.

Under the theme of Shaping the future of Victorian tourism, the two-day event will bring together our tourism, events and hospitality industries at a time when it’s needed most.

Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the conference is an opportunity to connect and collaborate on big picture ideas and practical advice on reigniting Victoria’s visitor economy and businesses in 2021.

Join us as we hear from industry leaders and brand experts, exchange stories of innovation, and reconnect at an evening function hosted by VTIC in partnership with Showtime Events Group, at Cargo Hall and Melbourne Public, South Wharf on 21 April.

Visit Vic understand it has been a difficult year financially for most tourism, hospitality and events operators. So they've committed to a ticket price that offers value for money ($200 for the entire conference) but then also wanted to take it a step further and offer Destination Phillip Island Partners a price of $180 for our partners.

Secure your partner offer at the conference today by selecting Member Price.

Visit victoriantourismconference.com.au for more information.

Visit Victoria will deliver the event in line with MCEC's VenueSafe plan.

Easter and School Holiday Happenings

Do you have something special going on this Easter / School Holidays.
Please let us know so we can share to our followers.

Also Arnika is happy to create an instastory for our partners, please contact her at [email protected] to set a time for a visit.

SME Recovery Loan Scheme

The Federal Government’s SME Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to support the economic recovery, and to provide continued assistance, to firms currently on JobKeeper. The Government will work with lenders to ensure that eligible firms will have access to finance to maintain and grow their businesses when JobKeeper ends.

The Scheme is enhancing lenders’ ability to provide cheaper credit, allowing many otherwise viable SMEs to access vital additional funding to get through the impact of Coronavirus, recover and invest for the future.

More information

Support Helpline

It costs nothing get a free mental health check. If you, your family or workmates are feeling overwhelmed or even just 'not quite right' - make use of the free confidential service.

More information is available on the Partners in Wellbeing Website