Date Friday 3 March, 2017
Time 11:00am – 4:00pm (Brisbane Time)
Venue Explorers Inn, Gregory Highway, Emerald, QLD, 4720
Cost $50pp – inc. GST
RSVP 5:00pm, Monday 27 February 2017
Tickets Click here
More Information Contact CHDC via E or T 07 4982 4386

As a key deliverable in the CH Marketing Plan the CHDC, in partnership with the local tourism industry will host a tourism industry forum as a pre-season launch in March 2017. This forum is aimed at engaging with local operators, encourage their ongoing support and participation in marketing, promotional and product development opportunities and to build an awareness of the current status of the CH Tourism industry.

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by surname.

Daniel Gschwind
Chief Executive, Queensland Tourism Industry Council

Daniel Gschwind is the CEO for the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC).  QTIC is Queensland’s peak tourism industry body with more than 3,000 regional members.

Daniel represents QTIC on various committees and advisory boards including the Tourism Research Advisory Board, University of Queensland Industry Advisory Board (Business School), the Griffith Institute for Tourism Advisory Board, the Bond University Regional Advisory Board, the GBRMPA Tourism Reef Advisory Committee (TRAC) and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC). He is a member of Jobs Queensland and is the deputy chair of the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) and is chair of Australian Tourism Awards.

Richard Kinnon
Owner Director, Outback Pioneers, Longreach

Richard Kinnon’s passion for all things outback and all things Australian drives the  award-winning Outback Pioneers tourism business in Longreach, Queensland.

From a family of graziers, Richard runs two cattle and sheep stations and breeds horses, as well as being joint founder of the tourism business, which was founded in 2006 to help the family ride out the tough times of outback drought but has now taken on a vibrant life of its own and welcomes over 20,000 visitors each year.

With his family, Richard developed the Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience, the hilarious Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show, the Starlight’s Cruise Experience, Nogo Station Experience and Winton Discovery Experience as well the unique, heritage-inspired Outback Accommodation with its deluxe Homestead Stables and Pioneer Slab Huts. The venture has received multiple awards including the prestigious 2016 Queensland Tourism Awards gold award for Cultural Tourism.

Peter Grigg
Tourism Development Officer CHDC

Peter has worked in the tourism industry for nearly three decades, including 15 years as a barramundi fishing charter operator in some of the remotest regions of the Northern Territory.
Always looking for new challenges, Peter was appointed General Manager of East Kimberley Tourism Association in Kununurra, Western Australia in 2002. 4 years later he returned to the Northern Territory as General Manager of Tourism Central Australia in Alice Springs, a role he held for the next 5 years.

The 55-year-old has also filled executive roles on several Federal and State tourism-related boards, including the Uluru Kata Tjuta Tourism Advisory Committee, The Red Centre National Landscapes Steering Group, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulators Committee and the WA Visitor Services Executive.

Peter has seen the industry and its challenges from all angles – his work in senior management, his on-the-ground experience as an operator, and through his own travel adventures. Peter, his partner Kate and their daughter Emily arrived in the Central Highlands in 2012 as part of an extended drive tour of Australia and is now the Tourism Development Officer for the Central Highlands Development Corporation.

They proudly call the Central Highlands home.

Peter explains his passion for the tourism industry and the region in this way. “I have a very blessed career, I have had the opportunity to be a part of and work within the three most dramatic landscapes in Australia, The Kimberley, Uluru Kata Tjuta and now the Sandstone Wilderness Country of the Central Highlands.”