Bell has big shoes to fill as she leads Australian Regional Tourism
Bell says that tourism is Australia’s biggest export behind coal and ore, but “is not without it’s challenges”.
“State and regional tourism organisation, local government areas and tourism operators struggle with similar issues in regional Australia – development of agritourism, International visitor dispersal, infrastructure challenges, the availability of adequate research and data, skills shortages, sustainability, visitor centers and much more.
“ART play a critical role in promoting sustainable regional industry development to help our regional communities support jobs all year round through regionally focused research, assisting areas with best practice in destination management, and assisting at a national level with product development, agritourism is a key industry we are working on helping move forward.”
Outgoing Chair Simon McArthur congratulated Bell on her appointment. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome Coralie and our new board members to ART, we are very lucky to have such a skilled and qualified volunteer board,” he said. “Regional tourism needs people with passion to tackle the challenges and unite our industry.”
Bell said of her appointment she has “some big shoes to fill”. “This year we have already launched a paper on agritourism, a new tourism hub for forums and networking, held a convention with record attendance numbers and are working to develop a national tourism paper for local government,” she said. “We look forward to getting more local government organisations on board and also continuing our work in the agritourism space.”
Joining Coralie on the ART Board are returning board members Patricia Wilkinson, ART Deputy Chair, Stuart Lamont, CEO at Caravan Industry Association of Australia, Linda Tillman, managing director at Tilma Group, Nick Baker, CEO at Outdoria, Lucy White, general manager at Destination Network Country and Outback NSW and Andrew Hiebl, CEO at Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. New to the ART Board is Anthony Osborne, managing director at Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing and Donna Foster, manager tourism and economic development at Mt Gambia City Council.