The new general manager of Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism Stuart Perry.
The new general manager of Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism Stuart Perry.

New tourism boss Perry appointed

SOUTHERN Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism chair Margaret Cairns has announced the appointment of Stuart Perry as the new general manager of the Regional Tourism Organisation.

In a Queensland first, Mr Perry has been jointly appointed by the Southern Downs and Granite Belt and Toowoomba and Golden West Regional Tourism organisations.

Mrs Cairns said the joint arrangement was brokered between the two RTOs and Tourism Queensland while interim general manager James Corvan was looking after both regions.

“This innovative arrangement will share administration costs, maximise cooperative opportunities with neighbouring regions and allow us to spend more of our budget on marketing,” Mrs Cairns said.

Mr Perry, who begins his role on September 6, brings an interesting mix of skills and experiences with more than 20 years in tourism marketing, facilities development and tourism product management.

He also has extensive experience in print, television and radio. Most of his tourism marketing experience was in New Zealand.

More recently he has been working in the north-east of Victoria and was tourism manager in the Indigo Shire where the 2009 bushfires had a devastating effect on the tourism industry.

“With similar tourism products of provincial towns and rural lifestyle mixed with gourmet food, wine and that delightful mix of country hospitality, I can see great similarities between the regions I worked in New Zealand, the north-east of Victoria and this stunningly beautiful part of Queensland,” Mr Perry said.

“Its proximity to the large population base of south-east Queensland and major touring routes provides extra growth potential.”



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