Australia edu-tour company Small World Journeys awarded federal grant
Northern Australia-based Small World Journeys has received a small business federal grant and special recognition by the Australian government. The WYSE Travel Confederation member was featured in the annual Our North, Our Future white paper, which was recently presented to Australian Parliament.
Small World Journeys was founded in 2008 by Laurie Pritchard to educate high school and university students on Aboriginal culture, natural sciences, and sustainability using a combination of fun, adventure, and local guides.
“Our company tailors every tour to match the needs of the curriculum and the specific educational requirements of each group. There are other tours out there but ours is the only one that I know, that has the learning and new knowledge of participants at its heart,” Pritchard said. “It is more than just sightseeing with us.”
She said the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme has opened doors and helped her company’s long-term business development. The grant money will be used to help streamline their booking and administration processes, alleviating what Pritchard said has been a big headache since the business started.
Pritchard was also named the 2017 Cairns CBWC Small Business Woman of the Year.