FACET Timeline


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


First FACET Newsletter published


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


Conference: Interpretation the Aboriginal Way, Mundaring


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Golden Guide Award: Sean Blocksidge, Margaret River Discovery Company


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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