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October 5, 2022
The latest updates on tourism projects, events, and business opportunities relevant to local businesses in the tourism industry.
September certainly lived up to our predictions that Glen Innes was going to experience a solid influx of visitors in spring! Holidaymakers from QLD and NSW were out in force, looking for new regional locations, experiences and a relaxed pace of life. More extreme weather events continued to detour travellers heading west to seek refuge in Glen Innes, including many caravan and motorhome travellers that had planned to attend events that were flood affected. The October long weekend saw the return of pre-COVID numbers coming through the Visitor Information Centre with many accommodation providers informing us that they were fully booked. Visitor numbers to Glen Innes from Western Australia and Victoria have also increased. With the warmer weather upon us, adventure-based experiences and outdoor activities, such as bushwalking and fossicking, continue to be popular for families and those keen to explore the great outdoors. Be sure to let your customers and visitors know they can view our events calendar and information about local experiences on the Glen Innes Highlands website or encourage them to visit the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre, where we also stock a range of local products, gifts and souvenirs. I hope you enjoy our jam-packed newsletter and that we all continue to see an increased number of visitors and positive feedback from travellers to our beautiful town and villages.Rhonda BombellTourism & Events OfficerEconomic Development TeamGlen Innes Severn Council
Online booking is available through the website.Staff Training & Development Needs?Funding received from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund will enable the HUB to offer subsidised training and workshops during its first year of operation. Whilst regular workshops and training will be programmed, we invite community organisations and local businesses to get in contact to discuss specific training and development needs that we may be able to support. Email [email protected] or visit us in person. This local economic recovery project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the NSW Government under Disaster Funding Arrangements.
Learn new skills and new ideas to help you navigate the road ahead and connect and collaborate with other small business owners and operators. Organisations are invited to become a NSW Small Business Month Collaborator - register online now.
Cyber security incidents have the potential to be devastating for all businesses, big and small. In response to the heightened cyber threat environment, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is urging all Australian businesses to enhance their cyber security to mitigate and reduce the impact of cyber threats. Learn more.
The NSW Small Business Commission has slashed the cost of its mediation service by almost half to help more businesses resolve disputes over leases and other business issues quickly and efficiently. Apply here
The coming weeks will see wildflower season in full swing with plenty of opportunities for keen botanical enthusiasts and photographers in our national parks and nature reserves. Discover the various campgrounds, picnic areas, lookouts and walking tracks in our very own backyard and share these experiences with your visitors. Learn more.
Destination NSW in partnership with Resilience NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service has developed 3 'Quick Tips for Tourism Resilience' guides.1. Prepare for Bushfires & Natural Disasters2. Respond During a Bushfire or Natural Disaster3. Recovery After Bushfire & Natural Disasters
As the travel revolution continues to unfold, the benefits of tourism are spreading further afield into regional Australia and New Zealand, and empowering locals to earn a living and make ends meet. Learn more.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals NSW had the highest increase in hotel, café and restaurant spending in Australia, seeing an 18.4 per cent increase in July 2022, compared to the same time last year Learn more.
As the number of EV drivers has tripled in the past 12 months alone, if your tourism business is looking for a way to support travel throughout regional NSW, there is no better time to access funding, as the application deadline has been extended to Friday 11 November. Learn more.
Calendar dates are quickly filling up each weekend! Our online events calendar is your 'go-to' to check peak times, avoid date clashes, share information with your visitors, or discover local events to attend yourself or with family and friends.
Local businesses who have a food van or market stall are invited to apply for a site at next year's Australian Celtic Festival. The Year of Scotland always brings big visitor numbers to Glen Innes. Apply online now.
Glenrac is organising a Rural Woman's Evening, on Thursday 13 October at the Glen Innes Chapel Theatre, and Rural Women's Day event, on Friday 14 October at the Ben Lomond Hall.
Shimmy in the Glen have evolved from a small community group into a confident and competent performance troupe that embraces all things that sparkle and shake. They are having a weekend of workshops, as well as a Dinner & Dance evening on Saturday 16 October, which will surely be a fun night out in Glen Innes. For more details, contact the organiser on 0434 518 951.
The Chapel Theatre will screen the latest Bowie movie, Moonage Daydream, at 4pm on Saturday 29 October, followed by supper and a night of tributes by local bands to musical legend, the late great Bowie. Tickets are $25 - book now. For any dietary requests, contact Ziggy on 0404 966 792.
Join revellers and celebrate the traditional Celtic holiday that has become Halloween. There will be poetry, food and spookiness. Tickets are $40. BYO. Bookings available via email or phone 0421 470 900. Learn more.
Planning is everything and we want you to have plenty of time to get your entry together for the Red Cross Annual Christmas Tree Display at the Glen Innes Town Hall.
Do you have a creative practice or run workshops in Glen Innes? Arts North West Connect is an online registry promoting creatives, venues, organisations and technical skills in the New England North West - register here. There is also an opportunity to have your say as a community creative to help guide their next Strategic Plan for 2023 - 2024.
We encourage all accommodation providers, event organisers and tourism businesses to register with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) to list their own businesses, experiences and events. It's FREE and allows you to easily increase your online exposure and have your business seen by more travellers. Listing your accommodation and event with ATDW also ensures this information displays on the Glen Innes Highlands website. If you require assistance with this process, email our team at [email protected].
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