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As I write this, I’m only a few short hours away from joining the VNT team at Launceston Airport to welcome the first Qantas service to arrive here in 16 years. This direct service from Sydney illustrative of the silver linings that have come from our COVID year.

Other good news – the Drive Journeys project is now live, with road signage popping up across the region, sparking a great deal of local curiosity and interest. Please read further to better understand what the Journeys initiative will mean for you.

We’re currently negotiating as a State-wide visitor economy network on the allocation of Regional Tourism funding announced by the Federal Government, …. more news on that to follow, hopefully soon.

But for now let me offer a heart-felt congratulations to you all for seeing through 2020 – not our best year, but one that has proven the spirit of Tasmanians is stronger than even a global pandemic.

If I don’t have a chance to see you at our industry year end function on Wednesday 16 December, please do have yourself a merry little Christmas and restful, ideally profitable new year.

We Made it – Come & Celebrate with us!

You are invited to the VNT Year End Send Off. Our industry has confronted considerable challenges this year, and as we look toward the year ahead with optimism, we invite you to join us to send off 2020 and reflect on the strength of our industry pulling together like never before.

Wednesday 16th December 2020
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Launceston Airport Terminal - Go through security to gates 3 & 4
Book your tickets here www.launcestontickets.com.au/event/12260

Marketing

We are excited to share that VNT's Partner Playbook, Brand Assets and Media Hub is here!

What is a playbook?

Our partner playbook is a practical guide that outlines the opportunities available to plug into ‘how we play’ as a region. It explains how to tap in to and align your messaging to Visit Northern Tasmania’s brand positioning. There are a number features and tips for engagement that you will find useful e.g. What hashtags can you use?

You can download a copy via the following link:
https://visitnortherntasmania.com.au/.../industry-resources

Our Media Hub pairs perfectly with the Partner Playbook and houses a mix of photography, finished videos and brand assets including web tiles/banners, e-signatures, social tiles, zoom backgrounds and more . This is a resource that will continue to be built upon with further assets including b-roll footage and imagery to be added as content becomes available to share with partners.

Access the Media Hub here:
platform.crowdriff.com/m/visit-northern-tasmania

What marketing promotions are out there?

  • Good Weekend lift out featured in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
  • Recent content showcasing the journeys includes:
    - An 8-page pull-through in The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate on 13 November
    - A RACT Journeys magazine 8-page feature in the Dec/Jan edition of magazine, distributed to over 116,000 Tasmanian households
    - A Tasmania Travelways 5-page feature in the Dec/Jan edition of Travelways, in The Examiner on 20 November, and to be distributed statewide and on the Spirits of Tasmania over the next couple of months
    - New Drive Journeys posters and email signatures are also available for use in your own marketing materials. Find out more about how to get involved in the handbook for industry.
  • City breaks promotion has finished with a double-page press ad
  • Flinders Island Press AddsSocial media competition
  • Melbourne Airport Digital screen displaying the Visit Northern Tasmania brand

Eat it Tassie! Campaign
The Tasmanian Government has committed $250,000 to support a state-wide marketing campaign that will celebrate Tasmania’s food, beverage and venue experiences through story telling across various platforms. Hospitality venues are encouraged to add specialty food and beverage offerings that showcase Tasmanian produce or to host events and can register at www.eatittassie.com.au

Industry News

New businesses
Congratulations to the Plough Inn who officially opened their doors on the 2nd of December https://www.facebook.com/ThePloughInnLaunceston/

Mona Foma is back!
We are very excited to be welcoming Mona Foma is back from 15 – 17 January. The Full festival program will be announced on 7 December. Tickets go on sale 8 December.

Now is your chance as industry to make sure you are on ATDW so that those travelling here can see you on all the digital platforms. After the year that we've had this is a great opportunity for you to welcome an increase of visitors.

Learn more on how you can get involved and leverage the Mona Foma brand: visitnortherntasmania.com.au/get-ready-for-mona-foma-2021

RSVP to attend the Mona Foma Industry Briefing Night on 12 January 2021: launcestontickets.com.au/event/12385

Drive Journey Window Decals
Make yourself visible as part of the Northern Forage Drive Journey by placing a window decal on display. There is no cost involved. If you would like one please email kirsten@visitnorthtas.org.au

Drive Journey Feedback
The launch of the Drive Journeys in the intrastate market enables feedback to be collected from Tasmanians before the journeys are launched into the interstate market. The survey is now online for travellers to provide feedback on their journey experience: https://buysomethingtasmanian.com.au/road-trips/

ATDW
A reminder to all tourism businesses to update their details on Google and make sure you are registered and have current information on

If there is ever a time to be on ATDW this is it! To be eligible to be involved in any Tourism Tasmania Drive Journey marketing activity you must be on ATDW.

As the Mona Foma excitement builds those festival goers planning to attend will commence planning. They are incredibly digital savvy so business listings on ATDW that filter to the essential websites will be valuable for directing these festival goers to your business!

Covid Gold Standard Program
Our Covid Gold Standard program is still running and available to tourism businesses and events within our region https://northerntasmania.com.au/corporate/covidgold

COVID-19 fact sheet for the tourism industry
The Tasmanian Government has developed a fact sheet for the tourism industry that includes information to help keep you, your staff and visitors safe and provides answers to frequently asked questions specific to the tourism industry.

Download the fact sheet for the tourism industry

Events Update

Events Tasmania Grant Programs
Funding is available to event organisers through the Events Tasmania Grant programs.
For more information on available programs visit: https://www.eventstasmania.com...


Events Community Group on Facebook
You are invited to join the ‘Closed Facebook Group’ which has been set up for the events community in Northern Tasmania.

This group is a communication channel for event stakeholders within Northern Tasmania to communicate with each other and stay up to date with new information. To join the group visit: www.facebook.com/groups/4338703876172311

Other opportunities

Women in Leadership Scholarship Program 2020-21
This week The Minster for Small Business Sarah Courtney opened the next round of the Women in Leadership Scholarship Program 2020-21. This program is a joint initiative of the Tasmanian Government with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), to support Tasmanian women to gain a greater understanding of the duties and responsibilities of being a board director.

This year, the Program is seeking applications for women working in the agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism & hospitality, mining, building, and construction sectors. Scholarships will be awarded to undertake the Foundations of Directorship Course. This will support early-career women to develop their executive knowledge and leadership skills.

This program is working to further women’s leadership and representation on Government boards and committees and across the industries critical to our recovery from COVID-19. Applications close December 23, 2020. Information on the Program, including the guidelines and details about how to apply, are available by calling the AICD on 1300 739 119 or emailing tas@aicd.com.au

Tassie Trade Resources
Tourism Tasmania has launched a new resource hub on the Tassie Trade website www.tassietrade.com.au. This was developed to assist travel trade in selling holidays to Tasmania and creating experiences for clients. It includes fact sheets, publications, videos, newsletters, presentations, product updates and more.

If your product is trade-ready and you have an update to share with the travel trade, please email trade@tourism.tas.gov.au. In your email you will need to outline the details of your update and high-resolution images. This information will be assessed by the team for inclusion in the product updates section.

Round 2: Small Business Energy Support Grant
One off grant payments of $1,000 are available to eligible businesses who have not been eligible for the COVID-19 electricity, water and/or sewerage wavier available from service providers from 1 March 2020. They are available for embedded network customers that get their utilities provided directly from a landlord or building owner. This includes shops in a shopping centre, tenants in managed office accommodation or leaseholders at business estates. The major change in this round is that sole traders, or businesses who employ contractors, will be eligible. Applications close 12 noon 21 December 2020

You'll find more information and an application form here

Operations
Annual Report - get your copy here.

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