Networking night

Networking night

May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on May 1. It is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities.

Karen Fleischer, president of Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), acknowledges the importance that festivals and tourism play for financial health of many businesses and industries in Bairnsdale and East Gippsland, and this is the reason why May 1 (tonight) was chosen to be BCCI’s first networking night.

“Tourism is the third largest employer in East Gippsland after health care and the retail sectors,” Ms Fleischer said.

“Tourism expenditure in East Gippsland generates very large multiplier effects of 1.6 times benefiting many regional businesses.

“For every $1 spent by a tourist an additional 60 cents flows to local East Gippsland businesses.

“Our goal as members of the Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce and as businesses in the community, is to support opportunities that further the prosperity, sustainability and health of the local economy.

“We must also be very mindful of the natural assets of this region that make East Gippsland so unique, that draw tourists to the area, and we must ensure that as businesses, we do all that we can to safeguard our vital tourism industry.

“We need to consider what is in the long term interest of our businesses and what will result in sustainable benefits to the local economy and community.

“We need to be focused on opportunities that will be attractive to tourists and enable them and others in the community to enjoy the natural assets of the area.

“Our aim must also be to build loyalty of members in the community and identify strategies to encourage support for local traders, which will result in long-term community benefits.”

BCCI’s guest speaker will be Anthony Basford, chief executive officer of East Gippsland Shire Council, who will discuss local initiatives.

Businesses and Industries do not have to be a BCCI member to attend, however for catering purposes, registrations are essential by contacting Mr D Food and Coffee, Bairnsdale.

PICTURED: Charlie Dickenson, of Mr D Food and Coffee, where Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce will host its first networking night tonight.