Trans-Tasman Industry bodies prepping for two-way bubble?

Tourism industry associations on both side of the pond are working together in preparation for international borders to re-open safely.

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has signed an agreement with New Zealand’s Tourism Export Council (TECNZ) to provide the successful COVID Ready training for New Zealand based  businesses.

Along with COVID Ready training, TECNZ will be adopting ATEC’s Tourism Trade Checklist which provides a central point for the collection, storage and sharing of information relating to business trade compliance and COVID Readiness. 

ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley said: “ATEC is very proud to have developed a comprehensive and responsive COVID Ready training and Tourism Trade Checklist platform to support the Australian tourism industry to meet COVID safe requirements. 

“We are pleased to be able to share our knowledge and experience with our New Zealand counterparts, working in partnership to build a stronger COVID safe tourism industry for the future.”

Tourism Export Council of NZ’s (TECNZ) Chief Executive Lynda Keene said the program would push both Australia and New Zealand to the top of the destination bucket-list when international travel resumes. 

“We are confident that being able to demonstrate to offshore wholesale agents and visitors that our independent tourism businesses are COVID-Ready and care about the wellbeing of their clients  through the badging and COVID-Ready system, will bring value to our markets,” Ms Keene said.

“We are delighted to be partnering with ATEC on the development of a Tourism Trade Checklist that will support our industry in being proactive and ready to welcome international visitors back to our destinations.

“TECNZ ran a soft launch of the Tourism Trade Checklist this week and there is significant interest from our industry to fully support and engage.”

COVID Ready program

ATEC’s COVID Ready program is focused on supporting businesses to meet their COVID requirements and develops practical, sector specific tools overlaying a comprehensive, customer journey experience so businesses can minimise COVID related risks for their visitors.

The Tourism Trade Checklist is an industry platform that promotes quality sellers who comply with the nation’s operational laws, regulations and are COVID Ready.

The checklist allows sellers to easily upload their trade relevant information to a directory, which is then accessed by buyers & trade partners helping them find credible  sellers to work with.

“ATEC has developed the Tourism Trade Checklist and our COVID Ready program to support businesses to manage risk, build greater efficiencies and elevate themselves as leading businesses which the tourism trade can partner with confidence,” Mr Shelley said.

“We are pleased to be able to support our New Zealand colleagues to deliver this quality program to their  sector.”

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