Destination Kiama has passed its two year trial period with flying colours, with Council deciding to keep the strategic tourism and marketing functions in-house.
Tourism was formerly promoted through the industry member run Kiama Tourism.
“Destination Kiama has kicked many goals during its first two years, including increasing industry partnerships, devising a strategy and producing the Tourism Opportunity Plan,” says the Chair of Destination Kiama’s Advisory Board, Councillor Matt Brown.
He gave great credit to Karen Ronning, Council’s Manager Tourism & Events, for the work she has done in professionalising the body.
Mayor Honey is delighted, “It has gone brilliantly.”
General Manager Kerry McMurray says there are many advantages in making tourism promotion and development a function of Council.
“Before we had a group of individuals on a committee that were limited in the power and scope they had to make real change.
“Bringing it in-house has enabled the organisation by providing a framework for moving forward that we didn’t have before.”
The July Tourism After Hours gathering recognised two people for going Above & Beyond.
Eric Davies of Simpson Signs received the award for donating the rights to the artwork for the iconic Kiama wave to Destination Kiama.
Darren O’Connell of Into The Wild Nature Tours was honoured for his free stingray shows at the Harbour.