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Survey and workshop to build tourism preparedness

Tourism businesses around the region are being invited to complete a survey and attend a workshop. Photo: Paul Beutel, Bundaberg Tourism

Bundaberg Tourism is continuing its work on building business preparedness by calling on local tourism-related businesses to complete a survey and participate in a CrisisReady workshop.

The local tourism body, in partnership with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) and EarthCheck, is undertaking the research to understand the current risk and resilience needs of the region.

It will also identify opportunities for training and support to build and strengthen the tourism industry’s responsiveness to crisis.

Bundaberg Tourism’s CEO Katherine Reid said the survey and workshop is about building a sustainable and resilient region.

“This project is about shifting businesses mindsets from coping with the consequences of risk, toward a culture of continuous disaster resilience and risk preparedness,” she said.

“We are grateful for the support of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council in delivering this opportunity for the Bundaberg Region.” 

Interactive crash course for tourism operators

The CrisisReady workshop is like an interactive crash course for tourism operators – it provides them with a solid overview and easy to implement strategies and business planning activities for prior to, during, and after a crisis strikes.

The new CrisisReady App for business will also be introduced during the workshop, transforming an individual’s smartphone into a disaster management headquarter.

QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind believes that preparation is the key to build tourism preparedness.

“We can never foresee with certainty what challenges lie ahead but we can be very certain that the next crisis will come,” he said.

“We also know, especially in Queensland, that the more we are prepared, the easier it will be to respond and recover. 

“Working together with all the expertise we can muster is the only way to manage a successful tourism future.”

Katherine Reid is encouraging everyone involved in business in our region to complete the crisis preparedness survey, as well as registering for the workshop, which will be held on Monday 17 February in Bundaberg.

All interested businesses can complete the survey here.

Registrations for the workshop to build tourism preparedness on Monday 17 February can be made here.