If you have some news worthy information about upgrades, changes, success stories or more for your business we would love to hear about it! Send us your press releases or an email with details of your latest news and we will include it in a RSS feed to subscriber list of industry peers, include it on our website and update our Facebook friends.
This is a great way to get your updates out without having to spend a cent!
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September 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm | General | No comment
If you are a Facebook user join our recently updated Facebook page. We have now created a business profile for ATAP and would love all of our accredited businesses to join in and help us to promote it. We will be using the page to help keep the public informed on what is happening with our accredited operators and to remind them to ‘trust the tick’.
You can also encourage your Facebook friends and fans to join our page too and help us to spread the word.
September 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm | General | No comment
The Victoria’s Tourism and Events Industry Strategy 2020 was launched on Wednesday 15 September. The strategy has been developed by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council and the Victoria Events Industry Council, in collaboration with TAV and the broader industry. It follows on from the Tourism and Events Strategy 2016, first developed by the industry in 2008, and incorporates an assessment of where we are coming from and outlines a vision for where we want to go.
The Strategy represents the commitment and drive of the industry to demonstrate leadership in setting and achieving its future goals. Much has happened since the previous industry strategy was first developed and the environment within which operators compete has changed markedly. This has reinforced the need for a reassessment.
To view the strategy visit the VECCI website.
September 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm | General | No comment
Risk Management is a fundamental part of any business however it is commonly overlooked or misunderstood.
A Risk Management Plan is an essential tool to any business. It will assist in reducing risks, managing any potential risks (through observation and awareness) and if a risk does occur a Risk Management Plan will help to overcome the risk quickly and efficiently with minimal impact.
Often we find here at the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP) that the Risk Management Plans that many businesses have in place don’t quite look at the whole picture. Many focus solely on OH&S issues and more recently financial recession risks. Whilst these are important components to any Risk Management Plan there are many more areas that should be considered.
Some of the areas that could be considered when developing a Risk Management Plan include:
- Property Loss/damage
For example this can include vandalism to buildings or damage to land from nature, man or animal.
This can include theft of goods or equipment. You could also consider theft of intellectual property or brand.
- Motor vehicle
Consider theft or damage to a motor vehicle, how can you reduce the risk of this occurring and if it does what will you do to minimise its impact?
This could include damaged or stolen signage as well as changes to road signage rules
- Business Interruption
Consider the things that could interrupt your businesses day to day running. This could include recession, illness, extreme weather (fire, flood, draught) or even terrorism
- Data loss (records)
Do you backup your computers or booking systems? What would you do if a virus wiped out your data? If fire or flood destroyed your records? These are important components to consider and plan for.
- Contractual Liabilities
For example if your contractors were no meeting their contractual obligations how would you minimise the risk this would have on your business?
- Power Outage
What is your back up plan? How can you minimise the effect this may have on staff and guests?
ATAP’s online program provides a wealth of information to help businesses develop their Risk Management Plan. There are templates, case studies and samples as well as links to external websites which feature tool kits to help businesses to develop a comprehensive Risk Management Plan. Every accredited business has access to these online resources and we encourage everyone to make use of them. If you have misplaced your log in details to the online program please contact the office on 03 9620 4199.
The important thing to remember about risk is that the better you are at preparing for and managing risks the better your business will be at overcoming them.
September 30, 2010 at 11:47 am | General | No comment
AFL legend Kevin Sheedy is coming to Bendigo for a free business breakfast on Friday 1st October, hosted by Skills Victoria, a division of the Department of Innovation, Industry, and Regional Development.
At the breakfast, Kevin will share his insights on motivating your team to reach its potential.
The breakfasts are also an opportunity to find out how the Victorian Government is able to assist you to address the skills needs of your business.
Click here for more information [PDF: 1MB].
September 30, 2010 at 9:23 am | General | No comment
They can be thrown at the sustainability project of your choice and they’re ready to start now!
Green Steps internships:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Help your organisation become more environmentally sustainable.
- Set your organisation apart.
- Save money.
- Provide fresh expertise, energy and creativity.
Do you need help:
- Creating an environmental baseline or eco-footprint?
- Developing energy efficiency or carbon reduction action plans?
- Implementing staff behaviour change programs?
- With specific sustainability projects but do not have the resources or knowledge?
Green Steps interns are supervised and mentored by experienced sustainability practitioners from the Monash Sustainability Institute. They also cover all insurance and HR related costs.
Green Steps courses are running in most capital cities and internships are available to organisations of all sizes operating in Australia.
Please see the attached flyer for the affordable fees associated with hosting a standard 12 day internship for one of Monash’s talented students.
Interested? Please contact: Erin Simpson, Green Steps Internship Coordinator
Tel: +61 3 9902 4221