FACET Timeline

1991

FACET founded by Pat Barblett
Appointment: Pat Barblett was appointed as the first Chair.
Appointment: Pauline McMullen as Executive Secretary

1993

First FACET Newsletter published

1995

Workshop: Tourism Opportunites, New Norcia Monastery
Conference: Value Added Tourism, Fremantle

1996

Conference: Interpretation the Aboriginal Way, Mundaring

1997

Appointments: Four FACET members appointed to the Nature Based Tourism Strategy Steering Committee
Incorporation: FACET became an incorporated body

1998

Launch: Golden Guide Award Conference: Guiding the Experience, Perth

1999

FACET Golden Guide Award became part of the WA Tourism Awards. The inagural winner was Helen Lee of Bush Tucker Tours
Conference: "Full Bottle" The Future Development of Wine Tourism, Swan Valley

2000

Conference: Marine Tourism, Fremantle
Golden Guide Award: Kevin Coate, Landscope Expedition

2001

Conference: Rural and Regional Tourism - Strength through Diversity, Albany
Golden Guide Award: Neil MacLeod, Ningaloo Safari Tours

2002

Conference: WA Tourism - In Touch with a Sustainable Future, Perth
Golden Guide Award: Jeff Hayley, Triple J Tour

2003

Conference: From the Murchison to the Coast - Our Heritage, Our Legacy, Geraldton
Golden Guide Award: Gary Muir, WOW Wilderness Experiences

2004

Appointment: Ross Dowling appointed Chair
Conference: A Sense of Place - Restoring Cultural Identity to Regional Landscapes, Mandurah
Golden Guide Award: Jeremy Perks, Global Gypsies

2005

Partner: CALM (now DBCA) became a partner with FACET
Golden Guide Award: Scott Robertson, Broome Sightseeing Tours

2006

Conference: FACET hosted 2nd Australian Wildlife Conference, Fremantle
Golden Guide Award: Cherie Toovey, Freelance Tour Guide

2007

Conference: Innovative Partnerships - A Great Adventure, Albany
Golden Guide Award: Brad Bayfield, Aussie Off Road Tours

2008

Conference: FACET hosted Global Geotourism Conference, Fremantle
Golden Guide Award: Phil Couthard, Dolphin Discovery Centre

2009

Conference: Outback Experience - Delivering a Unique Experience, Mt Magnet
Golden Guide Award: Paul Sofilas, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

2010

Golden Guide Award: Sean Blocksidge, Margaret River Discovery Company

2011

Conference: Rediscover Parks, Yanchep National Park
Golden Guide Award: Helen Nash, Tree Top Walk

2012

Appointment: Claire Savage becomes Chair of FACET
Golden Guide Award: Ryan Mossny, Two Feet and a Heartbeat

2013

Forum: Unlocking the Secrets of Social Media
Workshop: Delivering the Customer Experience & Creating Ambassadors
Golden Guide Award: Dr Dave Bomba, Out of Sight Tours

2014

Conference: Culinary Journeys, Manjimup Forum: Breathing Life into the City Forum: Our ANZAC Heritage - a Foundation for the Future
Workshop: Heritage Tourism
Conference: Creating Connections
Golden Guide Award: Loris Harding, Taste Bud Tours

2015

Workshop: Heritage Means Business
Forum: Ecotourism Development in Australia
Forum: Arts, Culture & Events Driving Tourism
Conference: Geotourism - Tourism Down Under
Golden Guide Award: Brian Lee, Hunters Creek Tagalong Tours

2016

Appointment: Pat Barblett AM became Chair of FACET
Forum: A Foundation for WA Parks – Formation of WA Parks Foundation
Workshop: Understanding & Influencing the Visitor Experience
Conference: Uncovering WA’s Unique Sense of Place
Golden Guide Award: Rusty Creighton, Freelance Guide

2017

Workshop: Instagram for Business
Workshop: Our Heritage - Your Point of Difference
Workshop: The Business of Geotourism & Geoparks - International Workshop in Partnership with Geoparks WA
Conference: Celebrating our Parks, Perth
Golden Guide Award: Janine Della Bosca, Fremantle Prison

2018

Workshop: Role of Hotels in Placemaking
Workshop: Heritage Tourism
Conference: Fresh Thinking - Culinary Tourism, Busselton
Golden Guide Award: Scott Connell, Kimberley Spirit Tours

2019

Appointment: Ryan Mossny becomes chair of FACET
Conference: Astrotourism in partnership with WA Parks Foundation & Geoparks WA
Workshop: Connecting Tourism with Student Internships
Workshop: Capitalising on Western Australia's Unique Floral
AGM & Art Exhibition Tour: “That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern”
Golden Guide Award: Marielle Sengers, Travel Western Australia

2020

COVID-19 has a devastating impact on tourism industry
WA Tourism Awards cancelled.
FACET Golden Guide: Online
Online Forum: Our Story - Spirit of Adventure
Online Forum: Future Tourism Leaders In Destination Planning
Amalgamation: Tour Guides of West Australia
FACET's 30th Birthday Celebration.

2021

FACET goes digital.
Relaunch of the FACET website.
Online event booking.
Online membership payments.
Workshop: Connecting the Tourism Industry with Local Government