Wednesday, 5 April 2017
FACET delivered an inspirational workshop on 'Giving Back: Tourism's Social Entrepreneurship' held on the Swan River at Matilda Bay Restaurant. Attracting international students, delegates from Papua New Guinea, operators and local and state government representatives, the full-day program showcased the wonderful benefits that ecotourism can deliver.
Boasting international speakers and local case studies, the presentations were loaded with passion and the drive to give something back to make a better world.
Our local hero's included:
Gene Hardy of Cape to Cape Explorer Tours;
Toni Dearle of Pemberton Discovery Tours;
Gary Muir of WOW Wilderness Expeditions; and
Martin Black of the Margaret River Chocolate Company
All had the common goal of incorporating into their business model, programs to deliver long-term good for their environment, community and those that maybe disadvantaged.
On a global scale, two amazing and internationally recognised operators, Albert Teo of Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge in Malaysia and Amy Carter-James of Guludo Beach Lodge in Mozambique and founder of Thin Cats Thinking, shared how they established and operate their businesses to benefit their local and surrounding communities, lifting ten of thousands of people out of poverty, through health, education and skills development and adding value to cultural heritage and the environment.
Key messages included:
Think global, act local. World problems are man-made, but we can all do something. Poverty is not an accident, Mandela;
Small steps are required to gain trust, respect and credibility;
Charity can be toxic, capacity building and skills development is long lasting;
You don't have to wait to be successful before you can give back......it can often be what makes you successful!
Be patient and respect culture;
Keep true to your vision;
Collaborate with experts in the field.
Problems are inevitable but can always be solved - focus on solutions.
Youth are our future!
FACET would like to thank the amazing line-up of passionate and inspirational speakers for their time and encouragement for us all to give back!
We would also like to thank event sponsor Tourism WA,
event supporter Matilda Bay on the River and everyone who attended the workshop.
Forty people attended a recent FACET Forum to showcase the benefits that can be achieved when universities and the tourism industry work together.
Hosted by Curtin University and the Tourism Research Cluster in the beautifully restored 'Old Boys School' on St Georges Terrace, participants learned how the World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison and the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury, offer valuable hands-on experience for university students studying a broad range of subjects, whilst gaining valuable information and credible research for their tourism businesses.
David Kerr from the Dolphin Discovery Centre explained the opportunities in working together were endless and encouraged tourism businesses to be creative and think big. Luke Donegan from the Fremantle Prison, explained that the work undertaken by archaeology and architectural students uncovered an enormous amount of information about the Prison, which would otherwise be an extremely expensive exercise.
The third presenter, Prof Ian Phau from the Luxury Branding Research Cluster of Curtin University explained how his team have worked with large international brands including Armani, Prada, Hugo Boss and Shiseido and West Australian businesses such as Simmos Ice Cream, Gabriel Chocolates and Elmstock Tea, in providing them with high-tech consumer information to support their luxury branding targets and understanding consumer behaviour and advertising appeal of their product and retail space.
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FACET members congratulate Chris Pye, AM who was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day honours list.
Chris was recognised "for significant service to the tourism and hospitality industry in Western Australia through leadership roles, and to the community".
Chris is a long-standing and valued member of FACET, having provided professional advice and expertise to the FACET Executive from 2007.
Chris is a worthy recipient of this award, contributing to tourism in Western Australia through his successful tourism company Hospitality Pty Ltd and participation on other tourism related boards including Tourism Council Western Australia and Regional Tourism Organisation 'Australia's Golden Outback'.