Just a brainstorm in a schooner…
Scotty’s Beach House owner Boyd Scott suggests that while most of the industry is in Sydney for expo week, it makes perfect sense to hold an informal brainstorming session on how best to put Australia back in the tourist`s eye.
Whilst looking forward to the many industry famils, organised events and the plethora of industry folk from all over Australia who will be present in Sydney for the ABiC and Youth Adventure Expo in a couple of weeks, it occurred to me it would be the perfect opportunity for an informal meeting between leading tourism industry representatives, both elected and professional, and those of us who run tourism businesses and regularly grace the forum of Backpacker Trade News with our opinions.
Many of us put our names to threads that criticise, ridicule and sometimes inform those who browse this site, without any real hope of effecting real change. Wouldn`t we like to present our thoughts and experiences (and various areas of expertise) to the men and women who act on our behalf to formulate tourism-friendly laws and the advertising campaigns that attract international tourists to our shores, directly, in a convivial and timely manner? (Even the various Anons, fake Greg Coles and Fake Rick Schindlers would be welcome to come along).
Conversely, surely TA, TQ, TNSW etc. and the tourism ministers and advisers, state and federal, would be interested in direct input on what is happening on the coal front from operators from all the states and territories, plus those inbound agents who have up-to-the-minute knowledge of what the international travel scene is up to?
I, therefore, would like to hold a “Brainstorming” meeting on Friday 28th October, under the auspices of TNT/BTN.
I would hope the various parties, both tourism authorities and those of us with ‘skin in the game’, will make themselves available, however hungover we are from the Golden Backpack Awards gala dinner the night prior.
To register interest, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org