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'.
As an organisation dedicated to encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy nature and eco-tourism, it was a natural fit for members of FACET to be part of a steering committee that is helping guide the creation of a Foundation to increase appreciation of, and support for, Western Australia's wonderful national parks, nature reserves and conservation reserves.
In August 2015, FACET's Chair and former Chair, Pat Barblett, AM and Claire Savage, joined a committed group of individuals to form the WA Parks Foundation Steering Committee, which is led by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia. Each member brings with then significant experience and knowledge, and share a strong passion for Western Australia's natural places. They are also aware of the health benefits associated with increased use of our parks as well as their potential for eco-tourism.
Unlike a number of other States, WA does not have a state-based national park Foundation to support its national parks and other reserves.
The WA Parks Foundation aims to increase awareness of the importance of parks leading to increased support and engagement. It aims to link groups to parks and projects, and help ensure a sustainable and collaborative approach to the enjoyment and appreciation of our unique parks into the future.
The group meets regularly and a comprehensive business plan and financial model has been developed after stakeholder consultation and input from the committee.
It will be a busy few months, as big steps are taken to move forward with the implementation of the business plan that will help to ensure future generations have the benefits to learning about and experiencing our unique and previous natural areas.
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Image: Top row left to right: Prof. Steve Hopper, Jayden Miller, Jim Sharp, Noongar Elder Robert Isaacs, Colin Ingram
Bottom row let to right: Janet Holmes a` Court, AC, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, Prof Lyn Beazley, Claire Savage, Pat Barblett AM, Carol Buckley