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  National Tourism & Events Excellence Conference 2013
 
 

Tony Charters and Associates and the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) brought the second annual National Tourism & Events Excellence national conference to Melbourne on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 July 2013.

The conference focused on innovation, leading practices and successful growth strategies within the tourism and events industry.

Dates for the 201 National Tourism and Events Excellence Conference will be announced shortly at www.teeconference.com

For more information please email secretariat@teeconference.com

 
     
     
Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 2010
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Ecotourism Australia, with the support of the Queensland Government and Tourism Queensland staged the organisation's eighteenth annual conference, the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference.

The 2010 Global Eco Conference was held 25-27 October at Queensland's Sunshine Coast themed 'Experience is Everything!'

Global Eco brings together leading players from across the globe to examine best practice across sustainability, ecotourism and climate change response. Critical new research, policy and best practice case studies feature at Global Eco.

The conference aims to bring together sectors that have a direct and indirect role in delivering sustainable tourism and ecotourism and thus provides delegates with an excellent opportunity to examine and debate emerging issues and opportunities, review current best practices and collectively take a forward perspective on the industry.

For more information please email info@tonycharters.com

 
Tourism Futures National Conference 2010
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Tourism Queensland staged the eighth National Conference on Tourism Futures, themed 'Leaders Driving Innovation', from 5-7 July 2010 at Southbank, Brisbane.

The Conference took a forward perspective on the industry, looking out over a ten year timeframe and examining opportunities and issues for the future.

Tourism Futures brings together sectors that have a direct and indirect role in tourism, so that collectively they can examine and respond to the issues influencing its growth.

Delegates at Tourism Futures:

* Receive the latest information on industry performance, trends and forecasts;
* Obtain a global perspective on future directions;
* Contribute to the development of an integrated perspective on the needs of the industry;
* Receive updates on best practice and trends.

For more information please email info@tonycharters.com

 
SEGRA 2010
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Australia’s premier national conference on issues affecting regional Australia, addresses topics included:
• Regional Australia and the national agenda
• Sustainable economic development
• Climate Change
• Latest trends impacting regional Australia
• Government, community, practitioner and commercial responses and experiences
• Innovative policy responses, actions and decision making techniques
• Successful projects from regional Australia
• Community and governance in northern Australia
• Tourism in regional Australia
• Mineral industry economies
• Emerging industries in sustainability
• Community Capacity Building
 
For more information, please email segra@managementsolutions.net.au.
 
Tourism Futures National Conference 2009
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Tourism Queensland, Tourism Australia and Gold Coast Tourism are staging the seventh National Conference on Tourism Futures from 17-19 August 2009 at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, the Gold Coast.
     
The delegation was comprised of CEOs, tourism operators, industry representatives, policy makers, academics and researchers from throughout Australia and a strong presence from overseas industry collegues who identified a range of key issues, trends and challenges facing the tourism industry.
     

Tony Charters has been appointed the convenor of the conference, having convened all Tourism Futures events since its inception in 2002. Find out more about the Tourism Futures National Conferences, or download the 2008 Communique and Issues Analysis, which reports on the three key issues that delegates felt should be addressed by the NTS (National Tourism Strategy) in order to deliver positive tourism futures.

For more information please email info@tonycharters.com

 
         
 
Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference 2009

In 2009, Tony Charters and Associates was contracted to stage Ecotourism Australia's annual premier event, the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference (Global Eco), held from 9-11 November in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

The conference brought together leading players from across the globe to examine best practice across sustainability, ecotourism and climate change response featuring critical new research, policy and best practice case studies.
For more information please email info@tonycharters.com
 
         
 
SEGRA 2009
The SEGRA conference 2009 will be staged at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Western Australia from 27-29 October 2009.

Convened by Kate Charters, the conference covers the topics of:

  • Regional Australia and the national agenda
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Tools and models for regional development
  • Climate change
  • Latest trends impacting regional Australia
  • Government, community, practitioner and commercial responses and experiences
  • Innovative policy responses, actions and decision making techniques
  • Successful projects from regional Australia
  • Key actions in high performing organisations
  • Community and governance in northern Australia
  • Tourism in regional Australia
  • Mineral industry economies
  • Emerging industries in sustainability
  • Royalties to the regions
For more information, please email info@segra.com.au for all your SEGRA questions.
 
     
 
Baby Boomer Tourism Summit
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SYDNEY - 25 MAY 2009
The Australian National Maritime Museum

The Summit is designed to define and understand the Baby Boomer demographic allowing those market sectors with both a direct and indirect role to examine and respond to the issues influencing its growth.

The day is aimed at those in the tourism industry who wish to target active baby boomers, who have always been at the forefront of sector development and who now have time and money at their disposal. It is a timely discussion of growth opportunities, provided by this key demographic group during these unprecedented economic challenges facing the global tourism industry.

Delegates at the summit will contribute to the discussion and debate; receive the latest information on trends and forecasts; obtain a strategic perspective on future directions; and receive updates on emerging best practice in targeting this group.

For more information please email info@tonycharters.com

 
 
Tourism Futures National Conference 2008
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Tourism Queensland, Tourism Australia and Gold Coast Tourism held the sixth National Conference on Tourism Futures at the Gold Coast from 2-4 June 2008. Tony Charters was the convenor of the conference, having convened all Tourism Futures events since its inception in 2002.

The conference achieved a record attendance of almost 450 delegates including tourism operators, industry representatives, policy makers, academics and researchers from throughout Australia and the globe.

Themed ‘Global Market, Competitive Edge’, the conference focussed on the ways and means destinations can maintain or achieve a competitive edge despite operating in an increasingly globalised and homogenised world.
     
Keynote speakers included: Geoffrey Lipman, Assistant Secretary General, UNWTO; Azran Osman Rani, CEO, AirAsia X; Philip Wolf, Presendent and Founder, PhoCusWright; Nick Rowley, Director, Kinesis; Christopher Brown, Managing Director & CEO, TTF Australia Ltd; Chris Richardson, Director, Access Economics; Lois Peeler, Chairperson, Aboriginal Tourism Australia; Grant Bowie, Former President and General Manager, Wynn Resorts Macau; Jane Ianniello , International Director, Roy Morgan Research; Daniel Levine, Executive Director, The Avant-Guide Institute New York; Nick Bryant, Sydney Correspondent, BBC World. These and more presentations are available on CD Rom.
     
For the full program, please click here.
 
 

 

Tourism Futures National Conference 2006
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Tourism Futures is an annual conference which provides a unique opportunity for business, government and community to discuss, debate and share their knowledge about industry performance, policies and trends.
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The theme of the 2006 Tourism Futures conference was ‘21st Century Responses to 21st Century Reality’. Speakers focused on the following topics:
  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Growing and Sustaining Tourism
  • Tourism Capitals – Cities as Destinations and Gateways
  • Workforce Futures – Matching Industry Needs
  • Access and Transport
  • Product Development
  • What is the Future of Rating Programs?
  • Skilling Australia for Tourism Excellence
 
Keynote presentations included Dr Clint Laurent, Asian Demographics; Geoff Carmody, Access Economics; Bernard Salt, KPMG; Michele Levine, Roy Morgan Research; Christopher Brown, TTF Australia; Dr Peter Ellyard, Futurist; John King, Aviation and Tourism Management; Arthur Hoffman, Expedia; Dick Porter, STA Travel. These and more presentations are available on CD Rom.
At Tourism Futures, delegates receive the latest information on industry performance, trends and forecasts; obtain a global perspective on future directions; contribute to the development of an integrated perspective on the needs of the industry; and receive updates on best practice and trends.
 
A Tourism Futures Communiqué is produced with issues presented and raised throughout the conference, for distribution to government and industry nation wide.
 
For the full program, please click here.
 
 
 

Tourism Futures Conference 2005

In 2005 the Tourism Futures Conference “Investing for growth” emphasised topics including sustainable development, competitive advantage, strategic partnerships and alliances and marketing.
 
   

Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) 2008
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The SEGRA 2008 Conference was themed: Creative Solutins - expect them to be different.

The SEGRA 2008 Conference, held at Albury, NSW attracted 264 delegates and over 70 speakers presenting on Revitalising Remote Australia, Regional Implications of Climate Change, Indigenous Economic Enterprise, Strategic Financial Planning, Governance, Caring for Country and Emerging Population Dynamics. Workshops held at SEGRA 2008 included: Understanding Regional Economic Development, Economic Development through Community Invigoration, Scenario Planning as well as Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Two facilitated study tours were conducted by the host region - Regional Development: developing strategies and partnerships as well as Regional Manufactuing: regionally made, globally available. Find out more about SEGRA.

SEGRA 2007
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Tony Charters convened the SEGRA 2007 Conference in Woolongong from 17-19 September 2007.
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Changing Regions: the road to success
 
The SEGRA 2007 Conference, held at Wollongong, Illawarra Region attracted close to 300 delegates and over 80 speakers presenting on Coastal Australia, Australia's Federation, Economic Outlook for Regional Australia, Changing Political, Social and Economic Environment, Regional Cooperation, and Indigenous Business. Workshops held at SEGRA 2007 included: Understanding Regional Economic Development; Unlocking Bright Ideas in Your Region Using Focus Groups; Scenario Planning; Lobbying for Regions: strategies and steps and Climate Change Futures: strategic responses and opportunities - learning from experience as well as the Illawarra State of the Region Summit which concentrated on sustainable business in the Illawarra Region. There was also a Climate Change Conference held concurrently with SEGRA looking at strategies for managing risks and making the most of climate change opportunities in your region.
 
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SEGRA 1997-2006
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The SEGRA conference aims to focus on relevant issues facing regional Australia. It provides significant networking opportunities and discussions in order to propose positive solutions.
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SEGRA 2006, convened by Tony Charters, was highly successful with 80 speakers and over 300 delegates attending the conference.

Previous conference themes and topics included: Attracting business to your region; tapping into new Commonwealth grants; Key trends and issues; Regions Driving Decision Making, Building Regional Resilience; Big Ideas for Regional Australia.

 
Taken from SEGRA communiqué
 
     
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Parks and Protected Areas Management Congress (PPAMcon)

Parks and protected areas play a critical role in conservation, education, recreation, tourism and health.   However, public sector resources to manage environmental and park management responsibilities are stretched to the limit.

   
Tony Charters convened PPAMcon 2006, which provided a forum to examine and develop governance models that deliver the greatest potential from partnerships across government, the private sector, community groups and not for profit organisations.
   
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The International Ecotourism Conference

Queensland held the International Ecotourism Conference from 21-25 October 2002 in Cairns. This conference was the final event for the International Year of Ecotourism 2002.
 
This was Australia’s first International Ecotourism Conference and reasserted the world-leader position of Queensland in ecotourism.
 
With over 400 delegates from 37 countries including international and national government authorities; tourism operators; academics and researchers; associations; non-governmental organisations; this first international conference was declared a great success.
 
         
 
At the end of the conference, a study asked delegates to comment the conference’s organisation.
 
85% of the delegates asked thought the conference’s organisation was very good or excellent.
 
Concerning the mix of delegates, 93% of the delegates asked thought the conference was good, very good or excellent
Taken from the Cairns Conference Final Report
 
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National Ecotourism Conference

 
Tony Charters has been convenor of four National Ecotourism Conferences and the International Ecotourism Conference in 2002 for the International year of Ecotourism.
 
This has involved all components of the conference management – theme setting, speakers program, sponsorship, marketing, professional conference organisation, networking functions, field programs, specialised workshops, trade displays and evaluation.
 
The annual conference provides a forum for discussion on current issues, solutions and best-practice case studies and generates funding to sustain Ecotourism Australia’s work and programs, including EcoCertification and EcoGuide.
 
The methodology used ensures: a high quality speakers program; delegate involvement and membership recognition; affordability; engagement of key stakeholders; Ministerial involvement; networking, and a contribution to the development of policy.
Melbourne hosted the National Ecotourism Australia 2007 Conference from 19-23 November.
 
Now, Tony is member of the Ecotourism Australia Conference Committee, his main role is to gain sponsorship, invite speakers and develop the program of the conference.
 
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Conference on Private Sector Involvement in Protected Areas

Tony Charters conceived and convened the first conference dealing with Private Sector Involvement in Protected Area Management, in 1994.
The conference aim was to promote a debate with the private sector on the topic of protected area management.
 
Management of recreation reserves, national parks, state forests and other protected area used to be the sole responsibility of the public sector.
 
The conference emphasised the growing public demand for these natural areas and the issues surrounding the necessity and difficulties of private sector involvement.
 
One of the outcomes of the conference was the book ‘National Parks – Private Sector’s Role’, edited by Tony Charters, Michael Gabriel and Scott Prasser, 1996.
 
The book provides practical case studies from around Australia and overseas and is an essential resource for students and all those involved in resource management, ecotourism and public administration.
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