MEDIA RELEASE - 7 MAY 2020
TOURISM NOOSA SUPPORTS BUSINESSES DURING CHALLENGING TIMES
Tourism Noosa have announced free membership to the organisation for members, and is
encouraging Noosa businesses to become part of its membership.
The base membership fee will be waived for Tourism Noosa membership until the end of the 2020-2021 financial year.
Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said the membership fee waive was to support its 600 plus membership base during these challenging times.
“The tourism industry in particular has been hugely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions and in a region like Noosa that relies heavily on tourism, businesses are doing it tough. We want to be able to provide some additional support to our members and this financial saving will hopefully provide some reprieve for members.”
“The membership fee waive also provides an opportunity for other businesses to become part of
our membership base and access the various marketing and industry development opportunities
that Tourism Noosa provides. For new members joining, the initial joining fee will also be waived” said Ms Anderson.
Tourism Noosa Board Director James Kendall said being a member of Tourism Noosa is vital for
businesses in our region.
“I have been a member of Tourism Noosa for ten years, a resident of the Shire and been working
here in Noosa for twenty years. Offering free membership at this point in time was an obvious
choice for our Board and I would encourage all businesses to become members, and have a voice” said Mr Kendall.
Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart congratulated Tourism Noosa for its proactive approach.
“Given the impacts of COVID-19, it is more vital than ever that measures such as this are
implemented to help our essential tourism-related businesses during the recovery phase of the
pandemic,” she said.
“As a council we are doing all we can to provide assistance and I applaud Tourism Noosa for
offering free membership as the industry confronts a challenging year ahead.”
Cr Stewart said domestic tourism would be a vital part of Noosa’s economic recovery post COVID19.
“We expect many tourists will look to travel locally as soon as they can, so it’s critical that the
industry as a whole work collaboratively and be ready to adapt” said Cr Stewart.
Noosa Junction Association President, Michael Tozer, said in these challenging times he was
encouraged to see a unified approach between local government, Tourism Noosa and business
organisations - working together to support each other.
‘If we’re to get through the COVID-19 challenges and come out the other side, we need to focus
on immediate, practical steps to assist businesses to keep their doors open or reopen, and longer
term strategies to innovate and operate in an environment different to the one we’ve known in
the past,’ Mr Tozer said.
TOURISM NOOSA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
For membership details head to www.visitnoosa.com.au/membership
PHOTO CAPTION: Business Leaders Unite.
Front Left to Right: Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart, Tourism Noosa Board Director James Kendall and CEO Melanie Anderson with business association leaders from Peregian Beach Association,
Noosa Chamber of Commerce, Hastings Street Association, Noosa Junction Association,
Noosaville Business Association, Tewantin Traders Association, Cooroy Chamber of Commerce
and Noosa Short Term Accommodation Association.