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ATEC to provide COVID Ready training for New Zealand based tourism businesses

ATEC to provide COVID Ready training for New Zealand based tourism businesses
November 24, 2020

New Zealand based tourism businesses will be provided with the Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) COVID Ready training and Tourism Trade Checklist following the signing of an agreement between ATEC and New Zealand’s Tourism Export Council (TECNZ).

ATEC’s COVID Ready training and Tourism Trade Checklist provide a central point for the collection, storage and sharing of information relating to business trade compliance and COVID Readiness.  

ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley advised “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 COVIDSafe 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 COVIDSafe 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.

Keene notes “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.

“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.” 

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 tourism 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 tourism sellers to work with.

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

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

Image of TimberTrail suspension bridge Credit: StudioZag and courtesy of Adventure South NZ - a member of New Zealand’s Tourism Export Council (TECNZ).  They have been operating small group cycling and hiking tours across New Zealand since 1992 having over 40 itineraries covering cycle trails, road cycling, mountain biking and hiking as well as an experienced team who design private and custom tours for groups of all sizes. 

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