Last year TRC carried out research for Tourism New Zealand on the international approaches to travel seller specialist programmes. As part of this project we reviewed the programmes of Australia, the USA, UK, Hong Kong and China. All have their differences and this has led to Tourism NZ looking further at how the process of training travel sellers can be improved.

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Sustainable Trails Conference to be held in the beautiful Alpine Village of Thredbo NSW.

Our Senior Consultant Penny Spoelder visited Roma, Queensland, last week to deliver two papers at the Australian Regional Tourism Network Convention 24/27 October 2016.

TRC has been working with Sunshine Coast Council to recommend a framework for the Council’s inventory of nature based recreation opportunities.

Janet and Alistair together with our economist Michael Connell and Greg Grabasch of UDLA have been assisting the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation plan for a Living Culture Centre on the Burrup Peninsula. MAC have now decided to pursue the development on a site at Conzinc Bay, and the TRC team are advising on the most beneficial way to stage the development in parallel with building capacity in the community to deliver tour guiding and hospitality services so that by the time the centre is constructed a world class experience can be delivered to visitors.

Ray Salter and Penny Spoelder from TRC and Shane Vuletich from Fresh Info are working with key stakeholders in the Bay of Plenty to develop a Regional Level Visitor Sector Framework that will identify significant priorities to develop the visitor economy.

The Premier of Tasmania, Mr Will Hodgman, released Tasmania’s Visitor Engagement Strategy this week.

Penny Spoelder and Chris Rose have been transported to Tasmania to undertake hard labour at the World Heritage Convict Sites for the Tasmanian Government. TRC is advising on management and governance options for Maria Island National Park’s unique assets.

TRC has two projects on the go in beautiful Queenstown at the moment. Both of the projects are examining the economic impact of trails on the region: one focussing on the Queenstown Trail, and the other on mountain bike trails in Queenstown.

TRC has been contracted to complete a feasibility study on walking, cycling and equestrian trails in the Gore District in Southland, New Zealand. The study will identify feasible projects for inclusion in future works programs aimed at improving walking, cycling and riding infrastructure and opportunities in the Gore District. TRC Director Janet Mackay spent this week in Gore, to review the current situation, identify opportunities for new trails and provide advice on maximising those opportunities to provide direct health, safety and economic benefits to the community.


The feasibility study is part of a range of regional initiatives, including the Southland Cycling Strategy, which was also recently completed by TRC.

TRC’s Dave Bamford has been working on an interesting project for international space company Rocket Lab. The company has just opened the world’s first private orbital rocket launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsular.

TRC Associates Les Clark, Lisa Choegyal and Rabi Jung Pandey are currently travelling through remote Western Nepal consulting with local stakeholders and conducting regional workshops in order to prepare a Western Nepal Destination Plan for the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Registrations for TRC’s Sustainable Trails Conference, in Thredbo from 1-4 May, close this week. Delegates and speakers are attending from as far afield as Nepal, New Zealand, Japan and around Australia.

TRC have teamed with UDLA landscape architects and MCa economists to prepare a concept plan and feasibility analysis to assist the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation secure funding for the proposal to deliver new tourism opportunities in this outstanding part of the Pilbara.

Tourism Australia’s Domestic and International Visitor Survey results clearly demonstrate what many of us already know: cycling and walking are increasingly popular holiday activities.

TRC  is proud to be working with Venture Taranaki Trust and a range of industry and government partners to be preparing a Tourism Destination Strategy for the Taranaki Region (West Coast of the North Island). The plan will provide guidance on the markets for Taranaki to focus on, the right products to be growing and pursuing, and of course partnering with industry on its development and implementation.

I recently attended the NSW Local Government Tourism Conference held in Taree, March 2017 - a great opportunity to meet people working in local government right across NSW and discuss the challenges they face and the exciting things that are happening on the ground in their destination. It’s a time of significant change for the tourism industry in NSW, with a restructure being implemented by Destination NSW, resulting in Destination Networks operating across the state, and new Boards and executive staff.

TRC Director Janet Mackay and Charlotte Prouse from the Destination Marketing Store have been running a series of workshops in the Hamilton Waikato region.


Some workshops have been held with tourism operators to look at new ways of working together to strengthen the experiences offered to the market through partnerships and product bundling with other businesses.

The second round of workshops contribute to the development of  local Destination Action Plans. Local tourism industry people are mentored to define the actions they wish to take to reach their vision for the area. 

TRC has partnered with dsb Landscape Architects and Locales to prepare a Concept Plan and Interpretation Strategy for Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary for the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust. The recently extended Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is nestled on the edge of the ACT’s expanding residential area and is one of Australia’s most outstanding examples of woodland biodiversity conservation.

The Tasmanian Visitor Experience Blueprint is an initiative arising from Industry and government’s commitment to the development of a Tasmanian Visitor Engagement Strategy as a key action of the Tasmanian Visitor Economy Strategy 2015-2020.

TRC was invited to attend the Indonesia Australia Business Week trade mission in Indonesia last week.

The TRC Team are always looking at examples of best practice around the world – and generally holidays become a chance to explore distant places to see what ideas we can pick up.

The Northern Territory Government has recently released its Master Plan for mountain biking in the Northern Territory. The Plan was developed by TRC in partnership with EarthCheck and ediacara for Tourism NT and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT.

The Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Opportunities Plan has recently been completed by the TRC team. The plan covers seven District Councils and Hamilton City and identifies how the region can best be positioned to leverage growth in a range of markets. It identifies the hero experiences that have the pulling power to attract new and repeat visitors to the region and encourage dispersal.

TRC is very excited to welcome a new Consultant to the team. Emma Knezevic will be joining the company based in Canberra.

In November 2016 TRC completed a Business Case for the proposed interpretive and community service centre in Kawakawa. TRC were engaged by Northland Inc to prepare the business case for the proposed centre which will celebrate the life of Frederick Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist, architect and philosopher who spent many years in Northland before his death in 2000.

TRC staff have been enjoying their fair share of island time lately, working on a number of island based projects over the last few months.

TRC's Penny Spoelder is enjoying doing some work close to home, working with Bernard and Karen from Distinctly Travel Management, on the assessment of tourism products and experiences for VisitCanberra. Penny travels to some fantastic destinations (for work of course) but this time she is getting the opportunity to test the home grown product and help strengthen Canberra’s appeal as a destination.

TRC is working with the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club (QMBC) on another trails related project in New Zealand.

2016 PIA NT National Awards - Commendation for Planning Excellence – Best Planning Ideas, Large Projects. For guidelines for trail planning, design and management – Northern Territory Mountain Bike Master Plan.

TRC has been contracted to develop a business case for mountain biking in Manawatu Gorge near Palmerston North on the North Island NZ. Manawatu Gorge offers a range of land and river based activities and attractions in a nationally significant biodiversity management site and scenic location.

TRC's experience and expertise in trails planning and assessment is renowned in both New Zealand and Australia.

Penny Spoelder and Janet Mackay took to the trails in Yarra Valley to help out the team at Yarra Ranges Council with sustainable governance and business models for the ongoing management of trails in the region.

TRC Senior Consultants Chris Rose and Penny Spoelder, along with economist Michael Connell of Michael Connell and Associates, were lucky enough to spend some time on the beautiful King Island and North West Coast of Tasmania recently, as part of a project for the Tasmanian Department of State Growth examining the supply and demand of tourist accommodation there.

The sponsorship of the Young Professionals Awards at the Sustainable Summits Conference were shared between Ben Armitage, Will Bamford, Karina Brennan and Nicola Whelan-Henderson.

TRC is delighted to have again been honoured for our work on the Barwon South West adventure trails project with the project winning:

Parks and Leisure Australia Category:  Leisure and/or Open Space: planning award at the Victorian/Tasmanian

Commendation at the Planning Institute of Australia National Awards

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