Earlier this week The Shout, along with Australian Hotelier, Bars and Clubs and Hospitality hosted a free ‘Road to Recovery’ webinar, hearing great advice from leading operators and industry experts.
With seven different sessions and nearly a dozen speakers the webinar saw hundreds of people tune in to hear their opinions on the state of Australia’s hospitality sector and the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
First up the webinar heard from Morgan Kelly, Partner in Restructuring Services at KPMG, who gave expert tips about keeping on top of the books in a pandemic to Vanessa Cavasinni, Editor of Australian Hotelier. Following this was the first panel discussion of the webinar, hosted by Cavasinni and featuring Stephen Hunt, Managing Director of Hunt Hospitality, Jennifer Russell the Group GM of W. Short Hospitality and Andy Mullins, Director of Sand Hill Road.
Next up Hospitality Magazine Editor Annabelle Cloros spoke with Applejack Hospitality Co-Founder Hamish Watts, then there was a panel hosted by Hospitality Magazine Journalist Madeline Woolway featuring Judith Hurley, General Manager at Gerard’s Bistro and Dash Rumble the Co-Owner of Pilot.
Next came Bars and Clubs with a panel discussion led by this writer and featuring Zara Madrusan, Director of Made in the Shade, Andrew Baturo, Director of Dap & Co and Mikey Enright, Director of Barrelhouse Group. With experiences spanning across three states, the panel spoke about how the different venues within their groups have pivoted in reaction to the pandemic, and the future they see for the industry.
Closing off the event was a discussion with Trish Barry, Managing Director of Mastermind Consulting who gave advice about digital marketing, and what venues and operators can do to be successful in this area.
Paul Wootton, Group Publisher at Food and Beverage Media, said of the event: “We’re in the business of providing information to the hospitality and liquor industries and there’s never been a more important need for that information than now. With our own face-to-face events sidelined because of COVID, it made sense to move some of that content online with a webinar. I’m so pleased with the outcome.
“It’s a very challenging time for all those working in hospitality but I’m sure the insights, advice, and experiences shared by our brilliant speakers today will benefit others in the sector and help them feel they’re not alone. Certainly the several hundred attendees who tuned in for nearly two hours suggests that’s the case.”
To find out all the advice that was given on issues from finance to operations and from people to marketing, register to watch the webinar here.