The Noosa Edition 11 September 2019

visitnoosa.com.au even more eye-catching now

Our visitnoosa.com.au website has been completely refreshed with new design functions, new photos, more information about things to do and where to go that will entice and engage readers further.

There’s also a whole new section on eco travel tips, Noosa's green initiatives, natural wonders and our custodians.

There's a much stronger focus on members’ listings so people can better connect with you and your content, and some great new advertising opportunities.

Find out more about how the website can help you here.

Jodie Williams from Black Ant Gourmet

Member showcase

Let’s celebrate some recent great recent achievements by members including ABIA National Designer of Dreams Awards recognition for The River Deck; a national strata manager award for Renee Sullivan of CSTM Sound Body Corporate Management; Noosa restaurants recognised at the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering 2019 Qld Awards for Excellence including Black Ant Gourmet - Kin Kin General Store, Rococo Noosa and Kaali Gourmet Indian Restaurant; national management rights winners, Ivory Palms Resort; and the Noosa Classic event being shortlisted for a national award. READ MORE HERE.

Refresh Noosa

Find out how our Refresh Noosa program can help you refresh your property and the services and amenities you offer guests. This is vital to ensure the product Noosa offers visitors exceeds their expectations and keeps them and their friends coming back. READ MORE HERE.

Tourism Noosa members complete their Noosa Eco Check training.

Member training

Learn about customer service and being a greener business at our group training sessions for Welcome to Noosa and Noosa Eco Check in October.

Welcome to Noosa is an easy-to-use, online professional development program that will help businesses and their staff improve customer service, helping boost Noosa's reputation as a premier holiday destination.

DETAILS: Thursday 17 October 2019, 11.30am – 1.30pm | Tourism Noosa Head Office, Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin | Costs $10pp | RSVP: By 16 October to members@tourismnoosa.com.au

Noosa Eco Check has great tips, information and case studies on how you and your staff can easily implement environmentally friendly business practices. Be a part of the drive to make Noosa a truly sustainable and eco-friendly destination.

DETAILS: Thursday 24 October, 09.30am – 11.30am | Tourism Noosa Head Office, Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin | Free if you've completed Welcome to Noosa, or $10pp | RSVP: By 23 October to members@tourismnoosa.com.au

Social media tips from Tourism Australia

Hear great practical tips about building your tourism business using social media, thanks to Tourism Australia - CLICK HERE. There's also information on creating an effective social media strategy, capturing content and social media measurement at tourism.australia.com/socialmedia

Get behind Noosa operators at state and national awards

Awards season is coming up several Noosa operators and events are in the running for state and national recognition - you can get behind them by voting in the Queensland Tourism Awards People’s Choice and the Adventure Travel Awards for Australia and NZ. READ MORE HERE

Noosa calling USA and Canada

Tourism Noosa’s International Marketing Manager Vynka Hutton (pictured) recently travelled to North America to participate in Australia Marketplace, Helloworld Symposium and Goway Corroboree trade events. Vynka met with more than 250 key product managers, Aussie specialists, retail agents, marketing teams and consumers, updating them on Noosa product.

North America is a key source market for Noosa, with visitation and spend trending upwards. Spend topped $10m for the first time in the year ending March 2019, and the new Qantas direct flights from Chicago and San Francisco to Brisbane will cement North America as an important target market for this region. We look forward to welcoming more visitors from this key market.

Conversations with Industry - Sunshine Coast

Meet with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) specialists in the areas of international marketing, social media, public relations, events, Best of Queensland Experiences Program and more at the Conversation with Industry update on the Sunshine Coast on 17 September. TEQ will also present their strategic direction and consumer trends and insights, and showcase marketing campaigns and initiatives of the past year.

WHEN: 17 September 2019, 8.30am to 1.30pm

WHERE: Sunshine Coast Convention Centre, Novotel Twin Water Resort, 270 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters

RSVP: Free, but please register your attendance here by Thursday 12 September 2019

Connect with tourism industry

Destination Q is Queensland’s leading tourism industry event and will be held from 7-8 November on the Sunshine Coast. This year’s theme is: Tourism Beyond 2020 – Innovating for the Future, bringing industry and government together to connect, collaborate and share knowledge to grow the visitor economy. Find out more here.

Destination IQ on 6 November on the Sunshine Coast brings together business leaders, employers, government representatives, tourism organisations, native title holders and community organisations to discuss important issues, opportunities and strategies for supporting indigenous tourism growth and indigenous employment across the state. Find out more here.

Engage with the New Zealand tourism industry at Queensland on Tour New Zealand 2020 in Auckland, 31 March - 1 April 2020. Join Tourism and Events Queensland in meeting with travel agents, product managers and wholesale reservation staff, along with selected travel trade media. The Prospectus will be available in October 2019. Register your Expression of Interest here.

Special ATEC membership offer: Australia’s leading inbound tourism conference and workshop, ATEC’s (Australian Tourism Export Council) Meeting Place, will be held in Brisbane from Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 November. New Queensland tourism companies in the Southern Queensland region can receive a special membership rate to join ATEC - about a 20% saving for suppliers. Offer closes 30 September 2019 – please email don.jolly@atec.net.au or phone 0419 720 795 for details.

Coffee Cup Consultation

Tourism Noosa recently joined local business groups in a Coffee Cup Consultation with Cr Brian Stockwell to discuss current issues and future aspirations. Cr Stockwell does his Coffee Cup Consultations every six months or so.

“This is a grass roots process where I offer to meet all who are interested to discuss issues relevant to Council,” Cr Stockwell said. “For example, at the end of last year I focused on hinterland residents, discussing issues with residents from stalls at markets and in town centres, as well as by an online survey.”

The most recent meeting focused on the business sector where topics included the importance of the ‘Noosa brand’ to the local economy, the Draft Noosa Planning Scheme, signage regulation, events, innovation and the future Noosa economy. If you’d like to find out more from Cr Stockwell, please email brian.stockwell@noosa.qld.gov.au