conversations on recovery

Conversations on Recovery is an online forum series brought to you by Western Melbourne Tourism Inc and Victoria University’s School for the Visitor Economy (SVE).

The forums are aimed at local stakeholders with an interest in the recovery of the visitor economy in Melbourne’s west.

The forums run for an hour, with an expert presenter followed by some Q and A.

It is free to participate and each forum is delivered via Zoom.

To join, please register via Eventbrite to receive the event link.


Conversation #1: Economically Speaking, A Pathway to Recovery

Wednesday 28 October 12-1pm AEDT

Conversation #1: Economically Speaking, A Pathway to Recovery is our opening forum in the series, presented by Karl Flowers from Decisive Consulting.

Karl is a leading tourism economist who has spent the last six months forecasting the path of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly 20 Australian and overseas destinations. He was previously Chief Economist at Tourism Australia and Director Investment in the Commonwealth Department of Tourism. In June 2020 he completed a review of the forecast recovery of Melbourne’s West tourism region and its six local government areas from COVID-19 under two scenarios.

His review identified the types of visitation forecast to recover fastest and those facing a steeper and more enduring decline in activity and how tourism sub-sectors can expect to fare in the recovery phase.

A core finding of this research is that the characteristics of tourism pre-virus to an area have a major impact on its expected path of recovery and that the downturn can be nearly twice as large in the most affected compared to the least affected Victorian regions.

Karl’s research recognises an unprecedented threat to the survival of many businesses in 2020/21 as JobKeeper and other emergency support is withdrawn and a range of initiatives important for Governments to assist the recovery of these tourism businesses.

Karl will also be offering constructive information and recommendations on how Melbourne’s West can accelerate recovery.

When registering please indicate if you have any questions that you’d like to provide in advance.

Register here for Conversation #1: Economically Speaking, A Pathway to Recovery