Council’s new in-house tourism unit is to be led by an experienced regional tourism champion, Karen Ronning.
The Chair of the Tourism Advisory Committee, Councillor Matt Brown, says he is thrilled to have secured Karen’s considerable tourism experience for the new position.
“Karen comes to us with experience championing iconic destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, as well as key NSW regions such as Albury-Wodonga and Cowra.
“Importantly Karen has plenty of experience managing and marketing several vineyards, which is a critical part our tourism industry.”
Cllr Brown said Ms Ronning would also provide invaluable experience in developing strategic partnerships both within the tourism industry and across sectors.
“Karen has a great track record building relationships between tourism operators and airlines, training providers and media at a local, national and international level.
“Karen’s experience and understanding of what it takes to champion regional destinations will be particularly useful.”
Ms Ronning was heavily involved in setting up and then managing the highly-successful Cowra Tourism Corporation
“This is a huge plus as we embark on a new phase of tourism for Kiama,” he says.
Ms Ronning will take up her position in August, moving up from Victoria.