ATEC aims to make Australian tourism industry Restart Ready

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ATEC aims to make Australian tourism industry Restart Ready

Following its ‘Road to Recovery’ tutorial webinar programme, ATEC, Australia’s Tourism Export Council, is gearing up to launch a new series ‘Restart Ready’, commencing with a focus on the wellbeing of tourism business owners across the country.

The Restart Ready programme will introduce tourism businesses to a recently launched programme, NewAccess for Small Business Owners, a free and confidential mental health coaching programme developed by Beyond Blue that aims to provide support to small business owners who are experiencing challenges.

Peter Shelley, ATEC managing director, said: “While many millions of people across the country have been in cycles of lockdowns over the past 18 months, the tourism industry has been doing it extra tough, with lockdowns forcing businesses to start and stop several times – a process which is enormously exhausting both mentally and financially”.

He added: “In light of our current environment and the pressures being faced by so many in the industry, ATEC is opening registrations to all the tourism industry to provide much needed support for businesses doing it tough as a result of the pandemic.”

The series of three tutorials will be held over consecutive weeks beginning on 12 August with the first session focused on small business owners and mental health, current pressures and introducing the NewAccess for Small Business Owners Programme.

Subsequent sessions will feature Beyond Blue’s Mel Novak and Blue Voices Speaker Tim Hoopmann discussing health and wellbeing for small business owners in the tourism industry followed by a Q&A session in week three.

Patrice O’Brien, Beyond Blue chief community officer, said: “Business owners who are doing it really tough during the pandemic can participate in the Restart Ready tutorials and gain practical advice and information on the importance of wellbeing.”

Click here to register for the Restart Ready tutorial with Beyond Blue’s Mel Novak.

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