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TICT's Positive Impact Tourism Workshop & Learning Tour - St Helens


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If you're a Tasmanian tourism business, you’re invited to a workshop on the whywhat and how of sustainable, regenerative and positive impact tourism, with a specific focus on reducing carbon emissions in your businesses. The workshop will be highly inspiring yet deeply practical, and most importantly - grounded in the practical realities of running a tourism business here in Tassie.

We know that finding the time and dollars to make change in your business is hard – the challenge of finding and keeping great staff, the cost of doing business, maintaining a quality visitor experience and remaining profitable are all day-to-day realities, let alone where to start in reducing emissions within your business.

This workshop is here to help you cut through the noise and support you with highly practical immediate and short-term as well as longer-term changes in your business to make a positive impact and reduce your business’s carbon emissions.

Key learnings from the practical workshop will include:

- Case studies of how tourism businesses around Tasmania, and also Australia are tackling emissions reduction.

- Where and how carbon emissions can be reduced, even when juggling the challenge of staffing, time and business cost pressures.

- Where and how emissions reduction can lead to more meaningful and locally connected visitor experiences.

- How to communicate your positive impact and decarbonisation journey authentically and transparently, so you maintain visitor trust in an often un-trusted space. 

- How progress over perfection and micro changes in your business can see big results.

- How reducing emissions can lead to wider positive benefits, such as local community group and business partnerships, as well as new market opportunities.

Note this event is in-person only; it will not be streamed.

What is a Learning Tour?

The workshop will be followed by an afternoon Learning Tour.  You will visit 2 - 3 local sites to hear from local businesses and organisations that are creating positive differences in their tourism business and wider communities and are supporting local environmental, cultural, and community causes and initiatives, as well as reducing their carbon emissions.

The tour will build on your learnings from the morning’s workshop, and foster deeper conversations, sparking new ideas for local collaboration and your business’s own positive impact initiatives.

Who is the workshop for?

    • Tourism businesses of all sizes – small, medium to large.
    • Accredited tourism operators (*FREE), TICT members (*FREE) and non-accredited tourism operators (*$25 to attend)
    • Feel free to bring multiple members of your team. Encouraging your employees to contribute to environmental stewardship can be highly motivating & support workforce retention.

Timing

Please arrive from 8:30am for registration & tea/coffee before the workshop begins at 9am. The Workshop will run from 9am - 12.30pm, allowing you an hour to enjoy lunch before we meet to begin the Learning Tour at 1.30pm. The Learning Tour will wrap up around 3.30/4pm. 

Cost

This workshop is free to TICT members or accredited operators. A $25 fee will be applied for non TICT members, and tourism operators who are not yet accredited under the Quality Tourism Framework. 

What is included?

This free workshop will include the full day of learning, all workshop materials, tea/coffee & morning tea. Lunch is not included.

About the Facilitator – Nic Cooper, The Tourism Collective

The Program is designed and facilitated by Australian positive impact tourism consultancy and industry trainers, the Tourism Collective. It will be delivered by their Regenerative Tourism Specialist, Nic Cooper, who many of you heard from at the 2023 Tasmanian Tourism Conference.   

As well as working at the Tourism Collective, Nic is the owner and operator of B-Corp Certified Eco Tour business Wild Adventures Melbourne (WAM) based in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.  With an insatiable love of nature, outdoors and adventure, and a drive to always do the right thing, Nic created WAM with a regenerative mindset right from the beginning. Nic recently received the highest score (99%) for EcoTourism Australia’s Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard, his commitment to regenerative tourism and no emissions is undeniable, and his business story is incredibly inspiring!

Want to know more?

Contact our Carbon Action Advisor Lauren (lauren.cameron@tict.com.au or (03) 6231 2244) for workshop-related enquiries.

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