Time to take your visitor servicing + destination marketing to the next level?
The ongoing impacts of COVID have absolutely changed the way people think about travel, and also changing types of visitors who can travel to your destination.
Travel motivations and challenges have changed significantly, along with the way people plan and book travel, and their expectations whilst they are in destination.
Good news is, that we've done the research, and have a clear path forward ready to share with you and your team, so you can capitalise on new opportunities.
So, if you'd like us to support you in your journey to recovery and beyond, then we'd love you to consider joining our Bootcamp in August 2023!
We're Rebecca and Paige,
Hey there... this is us, Rebecca on the Left, and Paige to the right!
For those who don't know us, or haven't worked with us before, we're two passionate tourism specialists, who have been floating around the Australian tourism industry for the last 25 years (or so!).
We've worked extensively in international & destination marketing, as strategists and marketing educators working with destinations, local governments and operators across Australia.
Since establishing Tourism eSchool back in 2012 (wow, that feels like a lifetime ago!), we've worked with many destinations, visitor centres and local governments, as well as hundreds of tourism businesses, training them on strategy, experience development and digital marketing.
We've also just taken on a new brilliant mind in the form of Lachlan Swan, who will also be helping facilitate this Program, and mentor you all too!
Why we created this Program
We developed this Program in response to a series of challenges that many of our colleagues in visitor servicing and destination marketing roles have expressed to us over the past 9 years. These have never more clear than now, as we all support our destination recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some of the key challenges that we hear include:
The landscape for Visitor Servicing is changing, quickly
Destinations aren't 100% sure of how to adapt what they are currently doing to market to and service their visitors to remain a relevant part of the customer's purchase journey. This is more important than ever with the changed traveller post-Covid and the massive digital adoption seen through the COVID lockdown.
Knowledge + Confidence to implement the right tactics
It's essential that visitor servicing and destination marketing teams are efficient and effective with their budgets. And whilst there are numerous professional development opportunities for 101 tourism marketing available, there are no training opportunities that focus on visitor servicing and destination marketing specifically.
Tired of attending one-off webinars, conferences + workshops that don't add value
Stand alone webinars and conferences (when they are able to run!) are great for networking, but more and more, they are a resource for inspiration, and not so much for actionable, practical advice teams can apply immediately and confidently.
The course was extremely beneficial for the staff of our Visitors Information Centre, with useful templates, loads of information, and valuable webinars. It was a great investment because we now don’t have to pay contractors to manage our own digital marketing and therefore it saves us precious dollars every year! Paige and Rebecca are amazing, helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and offer terrific advice in a prompt and professional manner!
How does the
Facilitated online. One Intake Per Year
The Program is facilitated (totally) online over the period of 3 months. Our next intake will be in mid-2023 - register your interest below!
Whole of Organisation Registration
Have as many of your Destination Marketing and Visitor Servicing Team join the program as you like, to ensure everyone is on board with developing and implementing your new strategies.
Live Training Webinars Each Fortnight
9 x 1 hour live training webinars that will cover each of the Program Modules outlined below, with each one recorded and made available via a secure membership area on the Tourism eSchool website.
Personalised mentoring from 3 Tourism Marketing Professionals
Access ongoing personalised mentoring from Rebecca, Paige + Lachie via our pre and post program meetings, the Live Training Webinars, Facebook Group and Coffee catchups!
Coffee Dates with Tourism eSchool
Join Paige, Rebecca and Lachie for a casual coffee catchup on Zoom every fortnight between live webinars to discuss all things destination marketing and visitor servicing (not just what you're learning in the Program)!
Network in our Private Facebook Group
Join our Bootcamp Facebook Group to ask us questions about the content within the Program, receive help with working through the program tasks and build relationships with and learn from other teams in the program.
'Done for You' Workbooks, Toolkits and Templates
We've spent 100+ hours perfecting our bespoke training materials, which have been designed specifically to help your team work toward implementing your digital visitor servicing and destination marketing tactics.
Module Workbooks. Value = $2,400
For each Module, we have crafted a Workbook, which identifies actionable tasks, that together with the webinar,
helps guide your team to implement you new learnings. Each Workbook also features live website links through
to resources shared in the Module, and additional online resources for further professional development.
Destination Marketing + Visitor Servicing Planning Toolkit. Value = $10,000+
Our Destination Marketing + Visitor Servicing Strategy Toolkit is 15+ worksheet Microsoft Excel document, which features easy to use formula based input fields, in conjunction with planning tables which are fully customisable.
This Toolkit is used to record results and information on the nuts and bolts of planning and implementing your destination marketing + visitor servicing tactics, and can be used as a strategy document itself, or to inform the development of a formal strategy document.
Task Orientated Templates. Value = $1,500
To delve deeper in the planning of specific marketing tactics, we’ve developed a series of Task Orientated Templates to assist your team to complete tasks to maximum potential, which leads to more strategic outcomes for your organisation.
Following are the Learning Modules we covered in 2021, and will be updated in 2022. Please note these will be adapted and up to date at the time we deliver them based on Covid-19 recovery. However all the topics we cover are timeless regardless of Covid!
Accountability and Support
We place a large emphasis on ensuring our participants and their organisations get the most value and best outcomes from the program. Therefore, to ensure maximum engagement and outcomes, each participant in this program will:
Pre-Program Survey + Team Meeting
Prior to the start of the Program, we will ask your team to complete a pre-program survey, which helps us get to know your specific situation in detail, which helps us to be able to tailor the content for the course. From there, we will organise a time to meet with your team participating in the Program, to delve a little deeper into your situation and ensure we have a clear picture of your requirements.
Coffee with Tourism eSchool
Participants are invited to a morning coffee catchup each fortnight (opposite to the live webinars) to discuss their learnings, networks and ask us any questions they have as they are implementing!
Ongoing Feedback and mentoring support
Be offered the opportunity to receive feedback from Paige and Rebecca on tasks on an ongoing basis throughout the Program via email and through the private Facebook Group
Post-Program Team Meeting
We will facilitate a meeting at the end of the Program with your team to see how you are how you are going with implementing your learnings, and if you have any immediate queries relating to what you've learnt throughout the Program.
Follow up on implementation progress
Six months after the end of the Program, we will follow up with your team to hear about your achievements and successes, as it relates to the implementation of your learnings from the Program.
The Mentoring Program webinars enable participation when and where it suits you. You'll be provided with the latest knowledge and valuable tools and templates to take you from zero to hero in no time. These can be adapted to create your own actions and a tailored Digital Marketing Strategy. A very comprehensive, value-for-money program that I strongly recommend to others.
Lifetime access to learning materials
If your organisation doesn't complete the Bootcamp within the 3 months of the Live webinars, you don’t need to worry, as your organisation will be able to access the content for the lifetime of the Program. Perfect for the current climate where things are changing by the day!
And, every time we update the content (when we run the Program in the following years), your organisation (and any new visitor servicing staff) will have the option to join in the live webinars, and will also be able to stay an active member of our private Facebook group!
It’s like a gift that keeps on giving!
I would highly recommend Tourism eSchool for those both new to the industry and those who are experienced - you will always learn new things and gain new insights!
I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Rebecca and Paige to further my understanding of the tourism industry and customer behaviour. Paige and Rebecca were fantastic tutors. The information provided in the program helped me to gain perspective, experience and real-world knowledge to implement within my businesses and to improve our outcomes. I would highly recommend Tourism eSchool for those both new to the industry and those who are experienced - you will always learn new things and gain new insights! Thanks very much for your expertise, I look forward to building stronger tourism businesses in the Rutherglen region.
We've been facilitating this annual program since 2018 and have 32 amazing
Alumni Organisations located across each state of Australia.
Each year we invite our Alumni to rejoin the program for free, where they can participate in our Live Webinars and Zoom Calls, and get all of the updated learning materials.
Alumni organisations can rejoin the Program year after year, to ensure all new staff in their organisation have the skills and knowledge to deliver their marketing and visitor servicing strategies with confidence.
Could the Bootcamp be a good fit for your organisation?
This Program is designed specifically for tourism and local government organisations who are responsible for implementing destination marketing and visitor servicing tactics online.
Organisations could include:
- Local Tourism Organisations
- Regional Tourism Organisations
- Local Government Organisations
- Visitor Centres
The content within this Program is suitable for participants looking for intermediate-advanced level of learning.
The Program is also suitable for Organisations who have recently undertaken a Visitor Servicing Review or implemented a new Visitor Servicing Strategy.
We're always happy to chat on the phone if there are specific training outcomes you need for your new strategy to see if we can include them in our current module content.
The Mentoring Program was far beyond anything I expected. Rebecca and Paige were great mentors with a wealth of knowledge!
The Mentoring Program was far beyond anything I expected. Rebecca and Paige were great mentors with a wealth of knowledge. From a Destinations perspective I have gained more experience and real world knowledge to use for years to come, and we have already implemented many of the learnings, especially around Social Media and Blogging. Thank you ladies for passing on your expertise, I look forward to using my knowledge from your course to better market our destination.
Is your team ready to evolve
your visitor servicing + Destination marketing strategy?
Our next Bootcamp is scheduled for mid-2023.
Please click on the link below to register your organisation's interest and we will be sure to let you know when registrations open in early 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
We've put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Program from 2021 (will be updated for 2022 closer to registrations opening), but if none of these help you then please don't hesitate to contact us via email, and we will be sure to respond to you as soon as possible!
Can I join the Bootcamp as a single person?
Please email us if you would like to join as a single user registration.
With Covid-19 things are changing fast. Will the Program’s content be up to date?
We have the overall plan for each Module, but we only finalise the content the week prior to that module. So, you can be assured it will be as up to date as we can possibly make it, in light of our own professional development and insights we have around wherever your state is at with Covid-19 in the second half of 2021. Having said that, we know how fast things are changing at the moment. So the other benefit of joining the program is you get all the Module updates when we run the program again next year. Plus, the program is all online, so regardless of where your organisation is at (fully open or in lock down), you will be able to fully join the program.
Is Tourism eSchool a Registered Training Organisation and do I get a qualification at the end of the Program?
No – Tourism eSchool is not a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The reason for this is we have consciously chosen not to align the Bootcamp with any Vocational Training Qualifications.
While Vocational Training is fantastic for students starting out their careers after high school or people looking to get the foundations of marketing, the reality of Marketing and Digital Marketing Qualifications is they aren’t specific enough when it comes to Destination Marketing and Visitor Servicing.
Due to the fast pace of change with digital technology, digital channels and consumer behaviour (very clearly highlighted with the rapid disruption of Covid-19), we overhaul every module on the Bootcamp each time it’s run, to ensure we are teaching what is currently working when it comes to marketing a Destination and delivering best practice Visitor Servicing.
While we are Tourism Consultants first and foremost, we have a very solid track record of teaching and getting results over the last 9 years with our students via our Mentoring Programs and Live Workshops, which you can see from the testimonials throughout our Website.
We’ve made the very conscious decision to invest our time in getting your results in your Organisation over an official qualification which may or may not deliver what you need to evolve your Digital Marketing and Visitor Servicing.
If the team are willing to put in the hard work to apply the learnings from the Bootcamp in your Organisation, you will absolutely be able to improve the impact of your Destination Marketing and Visitor Servicing actions and help to grow your region’s Visitor Economy.
So, if you are looking for a professional qualification for you and your staff, then this program possibly won’t be the right fit for you or your team.
What technical requirements do I and Team Members need to participate in the Program?
In order for your team to participate effectively in the Bootcamp, they will need:
- Access to a laptop or desktop computer – if it doesn’t have a microphone, they can dial in via phone to join the webinar live via GoToWebinar, a popular web conferencing service.
- Reasonably fast internet access, so they can watch and hear the live webinars and also watch the pre-recorded webinars or catch up on missed webinars.
- Relatively high data limit – as the webinar files can be quite large (If you are unsure about whether or not your data plan is suitable, feel free to contact us and we will work through it with you).
Some Local Government Organisations have strong firewalls, so you may need to talk to your IT department prior to the first live webinar to confirm you can join the live webinars ok. If you need a test run to check this, just let us know.
When are the live webinars running and what happens if I or a team member can’t attend one live?
All the live webinar dates for the 2021 program are scheduled in advance so you and the team can hopefully free up your calendars to attend.
Ideally at least a couple of people from the organisation are able to attend all the live webinars.
Webinars will be run at 10.30am (Perth – AWST), 12 noon (Adelaide – ACST), 12.30pm (East Coast Australia AEST), 2.30pm (New Zealand).
2021 Webinar Dates
All webinars are run on a Wednesday, and go for approximately 1 hour, but allow another 30 minutes for group discussions.
- August 4th, 11th, 25th
- September 1st, 15th, 22nd
- October 20th, 27th *
- November 3rd* – Note, for these Webinars, if your organisation doesn’t have daylight savings the Webinar time will be 1 hour earlier than outlined above.
We will record all the live webinars and save them in the Member Portal Website (www.members.tourismeschool.com) so you can watch them at a time that suits you if you or your team are unable to make one of them live.
Do we need any prior knowledge to participate in the Bootcamp?
No, you and your team don’t need any special knowledge to join the Bootcamp.
You and your staff need to be working in a role that either influences or manages visitor servicing and destination marketing activities for your destination (Visitor Centre Manager, Visitor Centre Staff, Destination Marketing Staff or Local Government Tourism Managers/Officers).
Before starting the Bootcamp, it would be very helpful for you and the team had an understanding of the visitor servicing channels in your region (both on and offline), regional visitor collateral and who manages them. But don’t stress if you don’t have this information, as the program will take you through it anyway.
You will need access to all of your social networking profiles and a Google Account so you can access relevant Google Products (Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Google My Business, Google Maps) as we will be asking you to reference and make adjustments to these online accounts throughout the Bootcamp where relevant.
But again, we will show you how to do this in the Program if you don’t have them set up already.
Will there be homework in the Bootcamp and will it be marked?
Yes, there will be, and it is call “Module Tasks” and we can provide feedback on on all Module Tasks.
Each Module has a Workbook which outlines a number of Tasks to complete. These Tasks allow your organisation to apply your learnings. Typically, Module Tasks include reviewing, optimising, implementing and measurement of your Organisations Visitor Servicing and Destination Marketing Activities.
We recommend completing the Tasks as a Team OR individually by the person who is responsible for that area of Visitor Servicing or Destination Marketing (eg Social Media etc).
Each Module will vary in number of Tasks, and how long they take to implement will depend on where your Organisation is at with their Destination Marketing and Visitor Servicing Activities.
As a guide, Tasks are as following
Quick Win Tasks – Usually 2 – 4 per Module. They usually take around 2 hour (total) to complete. We recommend they are completed before the next Module’s Live Webinar.
- Example task “Review and Update Your Organisations Instagram/Facebook/TripAdvisor Profiles”
Medium Term Tasks – Around 4 – 8 Tasks per Module. Medium Term tasks usually take longer to implement. They need to be planned for in the coming 3 – 6 months of Team Work.
- Example task “Claim and Optimise all TripAdvisor Listings for key Visitor Experiences in your Destination”
Long Term Tasks – Around 3 – 4 per Module, depending on your organisation. Often they may also have budget implications, such as Redeveloping your Organisations Visitor Facing Website. Therefore we recommend they are planned over the coming 6 – 12 months.
- Example task “Review or develop a Marketing Plan for each Product managed by your Organisation”
While we set recommended completion dates for tasks, the completion and submission of Homework by the recommended date is not compulsory, as we know how busy things can get in Visitor Centres or Organisations.
However, at a minimum, we encourage the completion of Quick Win Tasks before the next live Webinar.
We are also on hand to provide feedback and mentoring support around any of the Tasks that have been set in a Module.
Our budget is tight, we’re not sure we can afford the Bootcamp this year?
We understand how budget planning works at a regional marketing and local government which is why we are running the program in August 2021, to allow your organisation time to pay for the program from either FY21 and FY22 budgets.
We are also happy to invoice your organisation over the two financial years.
Combined with this program being completely online, all your staff can join the training, regardless of where they are working from.
We are only running this program once in 2021, so if you would like to join, we encourage you to lobby your manager to let you join this 2021 round.
The investment to join this program is also very small considering the rate payer dollars local governments invest to keep a physical visitor information centres open. So again, we encourage you to speak with your manager to let your team join the program, and help ensure your region’s visitor servicing and destination marketing is helping deliver a real return to your local visitor economy.
If you need us to get on the phone to your manager to help convince them of the program’s merit, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can organise a time!
How does the “Organisation Registration” work when it comes to accessing the training?
One person needs to be nominated as the “Lead Person” from your Organisation. This is most likely the person who is registering for the Bootcamp.
They will be asked to complete the Pre Program Survey, and coordinate what staff need Facebook Group access and Webinar Registration contacts. They will also need to keep us updated with any changes of staff who are joining or leaving the program.
One on One pre and post program catch ups: This will be undertaking with the Lead Person and any additional staff who would like to participate
Webinar Access. On the day of a Live Webinars, staff log into a computer via their provided GoToWebinar link to listen and watch the webinar. They ask questions via the chat box, via their computer’s microphone OR by phone (if their computer doesn’t have a microphone). Any people who can’t make it live can watch the replay which can be accessed via the Membership Website.
Facebook Mentoring Page Access: The Lead Person will need to supply the names of the people who would like to have access to the Facebook group, so they can be invited into the group and then receive mentoring from Paige + Rebecca.