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Industry Newsletter 26 March 2021


Oh how we love Easter and all those chocolate treats and hot cross buns! All indications are the Island will be "choc full" of visitors and we hope the following week of school holidays will provide plenty of visitors to support our local economy.

There have been a number of updates to restrictions taking affect today, please see our links below to the latest information.

This week we welcomed the Melbourne Tourism Industry Leadership Program ran by VTIC to the region. The program was postphoned from 2020, so great to see it rolling out with participants participating in a regional residential at Silverwater Resort, and dinner at The Cape Kitchen. Local participants are Yvonne Wang PINP and Pauleen Boulton DPI.

Please reach out if you would like to have a chat about any challenges you are still facing with regulations, resourcing etc

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

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Destination Australia Conference - Presentations available

Tourism Australia hosted the seventh annual Destination Australia conference on 4 March 2021 at the ICC Sydney. Recordings, photos and presentations from the day are now available on Tourism Australia’s corporate website. After the unprecedented challenges of 2020, the conference focussed on the future of Australian tourism, with high profile speakers sharing consumer insights, global trends and discussing key opportunities for the tourism industry in a post-COVID world. Destination Australia was also offered online for those who were unable to attend in person.

Stay Safe Stay Open

The relaxation of COVID settings this week reinforces the need for good record keeping.

The Victorian Government announced on Tuesday that the 75 per cent cap on office workers will be removed from Friday 26 March.

All workplaces are still required to ensure people can work from the office in a COVIDSafe way with a density limit of one person per two square metres.

While it is not mandatory for offices to use the Victorian government QR Code or a system which is API compatible, digital record keeping is strongly recommended to help contact tracing.

Click here to register for the free Victorian Government QR Code.

All businesses must continue to review and update their COVIDSafe Plan, particularly as more people return to offices.

Download and display the signage available to remind people to check-in and other safety measures.

Remember, if your workers have even mild COVID-19 symptoms, please support them to get tested.

Public Transport Victoria has made changes to support the safe return to offices and has advice for users at ptv.vic.gov.au/more/coronavirus-covid-19.

Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au for more information or call Business Victoria on 13 22 15. If you need an interpreter, call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline 1800 675 398 and press 0.

Latest Regulation Update Spreadsheet and info

Download the summary of the changes,
click here.

It is important to remember that all businesses:
  • Should have a COVIDSafe Plan with the measures the business is taking to reduce the risk of infection and to respond to a potential outbreak. It is also important to share this information with your staff.
  • Should communicate and display signage to inform and remind staff and customers of the business safety measures in place. Signage can be downloaded here.
  • Should request that each person who attends the business for more than 15 minutes (including staff) record their details to support contact tracing. This is one of the most critical measures to ensure rapid tracing and control of a possible outbreak.
Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
Although the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme is also ending this Sunday 28 March, the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) will continue to provide free and impartial mediation to resolve commercial rent relief disputes raised with them in response to the pandemic. For more information, click here.

Hotel Energy Uplift Program
The objectives of this federal program are to assist hotels to:
  • Upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • Upgrade the building fabric to save energy, such as improving windows, drapes or insulation
  • Undertake energy management activities and assessments, such as energy audits and engineering feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • Invest in energy monitoring and management systems.
Applications close on Thursday 1 April 2021. For more information, click here.

Victorian Tourism Conference

Join the tourism industry 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

Thanks for those who got in touch with events.
The calendar can still have more.

Also if you have anything else appropriate to share please let us know.

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.

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