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Tourism Noosa waives membership fees during COVID-19 crisis

Tourism Noosa is backing the tourism industry by waiving fees to the organisation for members, as it encourages local businesses to get on board.

A reprieve for local Queensland businesses, and those looking to get a shoe-in, Tourism Noosa’s base membership fee will be waived until the end of the 2020 to 2021 financial year.

Some of the great aspects of the Tourism Noosa membership for MICE professionals include opportunities to host networking events, and participation in wellness and business events membership groups.

Further benefits include the opportunity to join subsidised member training sessions on a range of topics to help improve business and product offerings, and participation in Tourism Noosa training programs at subsidised rates.

Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said the move was to support her organisation’s 600-plus membership base during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The tourism industry in particular has been hugely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, and in a region like Noosa that relies heavily on tourism, businesses are doing it tough,” she said.

“We want to be able to provide some additional support to our members and this financial saving will hopefully provide some reprieve for members.”

Noosa Junction association president Michael Tozer said he was encouraged to see a unified approach between local government, Tourism Noosa and business organisations.

“If we’re to get through the COVID-19 challenges and come out the other side, we need to focus on immediate, practical steps to assist businesses to keep their doors open or reopen, and longer-term strategies to innovate and operate in an environment different to the one we’ve known in the past,” he said.

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