Growing Greater Geraldton Tourism Investment Summit

Sunday and Monday 27 & 28 May 2018 | Queens Park Theatre

You are invited to come and hear from, and engage with, an exclusive list of speakers as we explore the  vision for tourism development and investment in Greater Geraldton and the Mid West Region.

The Summit is the first of its kind for the Midwest brought to you by the City of Greater Geraldton and Tourism Geraldton.  It provides an opportunity for industry, policy makers, regulators and funders to share information, understand the opportunities for success and help align on priorities for future industry development, in particular around the sustainable development for tourism of this State's jewel in crown - the Abrolhos Islands.

Sunday 27 May 2018 - 5.30pm to 8pm

Welcome to Geraldton Sundowner at The Broady

Broadwater Mariner Resort, 298 Chapman Road, Geraldton

Monday 28 May 2018 - 8.30am to 4.15pm

Growing Greater Geraldton Tourism Investment Summit

Queens Park Theatre, Cathedral Ave, Geraldton

Program

8.00am Registrations Open - Refreshments on arrival

8.30am Welcome by Master of Ceremonies - Brad Farmer – Australia's Beach Ambassador

8:40am Acknowledgement to Country

SESSION 1: Exploring the Future of Tourism in the Midwest

Opening Address - A Message from the Premier of Western Australia
Hon. Darren West MLC

Tourism WA two year action plan and what it means for Greater Geraldton
Derryn Belford - Tourism WA Executive Director Destination 

GERALDTON - TAKE A FRESH LOOK
Shane Van Styn - Mayor City of Greater Geraldton

Growing the Tourism Economy
Scott Cogar – Chair Tourism Geraldton - Managing Director Broadwater Hotels & Resorts


Panel Session - Q&A with the digital responses

Morning Tea


SESSION 2: Destination Assets (Natural and Built)

Tourism Opportunities for Geraldton and the Mid West Region: Eco, Geo and Cruise Tourism
Professor Ross Dowling OAM

The appeal of the Pink Lake
Wendy Mann - Managing Director - Geraldton Air Charter 

Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park
Kathleen Lowry - Principal Policy Adviser, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Lunch
  

SESSION 3: Investment and Capital - Private and Public Partnerships

Why and how RAC Invests - What Geraldton can do to attract investment!
Tony Pickworth - RAC Executive General Manager Brand and Tourism 

Leveraging Investment Funds - for Tourism Investment
Jason Bunter - COMMBank Regional Manager - Midwest & Wheatbelt

PANEL SESSION  -  Q&A with the digital responses
 

SESSION 4: Destination Building with Available Assets and Capital

Taking it to the Air
Julian Barry  - Qantas - Regional Manager WA

Cruising - Carnival Australia's plans for Cruising in Western Australia
Michael Mihajlov - Destination Director - Carnival Australia

The importance of telling the Story
Paul Ma - Paul Ma designs

Panel Session -  Q&A with the digital responses

Afternoon Tea

Plenary Session - Interactive Session

Abrolhos Islands National Park 

Kathleen Lowry - Principal Policy Adviser, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Facilitated interactive consultation session on the community vision for the sustainable development of the Abrolhos Islands for Tourism.  Facilitated by Janell Kopplhuber.

4.00pm  Wrap up and close

End of Summit - Sundowner Celebration

4.30pm - 6.30pm - Harbourview Restaurant - Level 4 Chapman House Marine Terrace Geraldton

Tickets for the Welcome, Summit and Sundowner are on sale now via Eventbrite

Growing Greater Geraldton Tourism Investment Summit is proudly supported by:

Media Partner – Seven West Media

Travel Partner

Accommodation Partners

Catering Partners