Thinking of joining the Portland Tourist Association? Here is what we can do for you!

Portland Tourist Association Statement of Purpose:

The Portland Tourist Association is a Not for Profit Organisation.

The Portland Tourist Association invites all business and individuals to join us and become involved with the promotion of Portland and its surrounding areas to tourists and locals, to draw and retain business and tourism to our region.

The role of a local Tourist Association is to:

  • Liaise with the local community on tourism issues.
  • Develop Local tourism products.
  • Coordinate local facilities and services.
  • Visitor servicing. Providing a quality visitor experience throughout all tourism businesses.
  • Work with regional Tourist Associations in the Discovery Coast (Casterton, Dartmoor, Heywood and Nelson) on cooperative marketing programs.
  • Represent members to and coordinate with local government on tourism issues.
  • Raise the professionalism of our local tourism industry by offering opportunities for networking, training and industry familiarisation.

Distribution of Tourism Dollars

  • Each tourism dollar circulates throughout the towns economy eight times before it dissipates.
  • We all benefit from tourism, if not directly then indirectly as each business not only sells to the public but also buys from other business with the same tourist dollars.
  • Even those businesses that don’t see tourists through their doors can benefit from the tourist dollar in other ways.

Portland Tourist Association Benefits:

  • Supporting Local community, being recognised and supported by the community.
  • Networking, making connections within your industry and other partnerships relevant to your business.
  • One voice on issues that affect our members and shopping precinct.
  • Invitations to various business networking and social events.
  • Lobbying to all levels of government on your behalf giving local business a voice.
  • Being able to display your brochures at the Portland Visitor Information Centre.
  • Drawing tourism and business to our region and encourage everyone to shop locally.
  • Best of all you will get to know your neighbours and the business community and help to build a stronger Portland.

Take up the Challenge for Tourism Dollars

  • There is only so much tourism dollars to go around. We need to draw tourism and business to our area and not let it escape to other areas because of the state of the economy or seasonal factors.
  • Our biggest competition comes from our neighbouring regions, Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Hamilton and Mt Gambier.
  • We need to challenge these areas and cannot afford to have large leakage of retail dollars to our neighbours.

Promotional Opportunities for Members

  • Portland Tourist Association Web Site – www.visitportland.com.au and Facebook page.
  • The website is owned and operated by the Portland Tourist Association. It features a powerful member directory, Interactive flash elements and information on the whole Discovery Coast.
  • This Website is easy to use and mobile friendly to make it accessible to the large numbers of people who use their mobile devices to access the web while travelling.
  • All members have the opportunity to display their brochures at the Portland Visitor Information Centre.
  • Accommodation Referral Service is a service for members provided by the Visitor Information Centre on a daily basis.
  • All Portland and Surrounding accommodation providers who are members are listed in a comprehensive regional accommodation guide that is available at three of the district Visitor Information Centres.
  • The Visitor Information Centre encourages members to inform them of vacancies/ accommodation availability especially during the traditionally busy times of school holidays and long-weekend so they can assist in referring potential guests to your business.

Portland Business Network Group

  • All Portland Tourist Association members are automatically members of the Portland Business Network.
  • Portland Business Network meets weekly at Edwards Waterfront Restaurant for breakfast.
  • Has a regular guest speaker on topics relevant to businesses in the area.

Contacting Portland Tourist Association

Email – portlandtouristassociation@gmail.com
Address – PO Box 1142, Portland, VIC 3305
Phone – 0455 839 528

PTA Membership and Listing Prices

Category 1 – Retail and Services $110.00
Category 2 – Restaurants, B&B’s and Holiday Houses $132.00
Category 3 – Hotels, Motels, Caravan Parks and Multiple Accommodation Providers $192.50
Category 4 – Multiple Locations/Businesses $192.50
Category 5 – Non Profit organisations and Friends of PTA $33.00
Category 6 – Individuals $33.00

On receipt of payment a tax invoice and your new membership sticker will be forwarded to you.