OQTA Membership

MEMBERSHIP PROSPECTUS 18/19

Outback Queensland Tourism Association is a Destination Marketing Organisation, committed to driving visitation to Outback Queensland.

Our mission is to connect every visitor with an authentic and memorable Australian outback experience and adventure
by making sure our destination is the no. 1 choice for an authentic Australian Outback adventure.

From a marketing perspective, we measure our success not just in leads, likes, comments – but conversion, as we believe that’s our true measure of success.
OQTA is committed to capacity building in the region, to offer better services for its members.

Not only is our capacity growing, but our products as well, with a raft of new product developments coming online.

Unlike other years where there have been tiered levels of membership and all membership levels are packaged, this year is a bit different.
We’re putting you back in the drivers seat to choose which services you’d like Outback Queensland Tourism Association’s assistance with – and which ones you don’t.

This fee for service model is at the heart of our new OQTA operating model, to ensure your marketing efforts are more targeted than ever before – rather than a one-size fits all solution. Not only are outcomes customised, so are the budgets required for investment.

In 2018/2019, the memberships with us are:

  1. Free Membership
  2. Base Level Membership

On top of the Base Level Membership, there are additional marketing services you can purchase to promote your product further via OQTA’s channels.

Even though our membership model is changing, our mission is unwavering: to connect every visitor with an authentic and memorable Australian outback experience  – by making sure our destination is the number one choice for an authentic Australian Outback adventure.

OQTA’S CHANNELS AT A GLANCE

OQTA is committed to growing its audience across its owned media platforms.

In particular, OQTA’s marketing strategy is on track to achieve the following growth by 30 June 2019:

  • Facebook – 100,000 followers
  • Instagram- 45,000 followers
  • Twitter- 7000 followers
  • YouTube- 300 subscribers
  • Consumer eNews database – 30,000 subscribers
  • Trade eNews database 1,000 subscribers
  • Media eNews database- 500 subscribers
  • Outback Mates – 200,000 members

We are proud to offer our members marketing opportunities within our channels – and grow your audiences jointly with ours.

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Free membership:
Price: FREE

Available to all operators in the Outback Queensland region.

Includes:

  • Receive monthly OQTA consumer
  • eNewsletter Receive weekly tourism industry updates
  • Outback Mates deal and listing on Outback Mates website
  • Ability to apply for the OQTA Tourism Awards
  • The opportunity to opt into Free Range Camping’s member directory.
    Free Range Camping is a website that integrates a directory for
    campers and travellers to locate campsites and other forms of
    accommodation, tours, attractions and local business whilst
    traveling around Australia.

Please note, free members can not access the optional marketing activity offered by OQTA.

Operator base level membership:
Price: $700 + GST + OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Please note: this price is not available to councils or drive committees.

Includes:

  • All the free membership benefits & 1 x voting rights in the OQTA AGM
  • Discounted advertising rate in the Outback Queensland Travellers’ Guide
  • Directory listing in OQTA’s Travellers’ Guide
  • Product listing on OQTA consumer website (powered via ATDW)
  • Access to OQTA image gallery
  • Quarterly marketing and tourism research reports from OQTA
  • Free QTIC Membership (valued at $400)
  • Discount of $50 on your ATDW listing
  • Access to the Outback Queensland Marketing Private Facebook Group

All base level members are able to access the optional marketing activity offered by OQTA.

OUR ANNUAL MARKETING ACTIVITIES

To ensure we are delivering our vision and aims, OQTA undertake an annual program of strategic marketing activities designed to attract visitors to the Outback and to increase our region’s domestic and international profile.

Our marketing activities include the following:

CONSUMER

  • Executing a digital marketing strategy to drive awareness and increase conversion to all operators, events, councils and drive routes in Outback Queensland
  • Growing our social media channels and consumer databases and setting rigorous targets to ensure enhanced growth
  • Pitching and coordinating famils and media (consumer, trade, traditional and digital) pitching across all platforms are brought to the region
  • Advocacy on behalf of our region and industry representing our members to high level stakeholders
  • Working in partnership with TEQ and QTIC on Experience and Product Development, creating, informing and guiding the direction taken in developing and promoting our regions product
  • Negotiating partnership agreements with corporate stakeholders that have influence in our region
  • Working in partnership with the Events Team at TEQ to prioritise event funding applications, coordinate assistance and promote outback events
  • Promoting Outback Mates loyalty program, designed to drive visitors in to the VIC’s, spend more money and keep them in region longer
  • Visitor Information accreditation process, assistance and collateral

TRADE

  • Quarterly reporting on sales figures from the trade network Placement in a Trade eNews that goes out to database
  • of domestic and International travel agents, brokers, wholesalers and ITO’s
  • Attending travel trade events and consumer shows
  • Trade work in New Zealand including Queensland on Stage where we sell directly to travel agents and travel brokers increasing awareness of Outback experiences and destinations and growing business opportunities with key trade partners
  • Selling to international travel buyers through the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event

TRADE MENTORING

  • To develop industry knowledge and skills
  • Understand the key principles of travel trade distribution Packaging, pricing and distribution structures Development of travel trade tools (as below) Operational systems (eg. channel managers)
  • Sales skills for use in travel trade and direct with consumers
  • Product Evaluation & Strategic Planning
  • Development consultation to assist with tourism travel trade presence and be available for comment on tourism issues and changes of distribution.
  • Monitoring products market status and position Identify opportunities for the product
  • Provide recommended strategies for implementation

For more information about OQTA’s trade package, please contact admin@outbackqueensland.com.au