The Maranoa, Leading The Way In Regional Tourism

Recognised for our local talent as well as continuing to be the heart of regional tourism, the Maranoa is set to host the Australian Regional Tourism Network’s (ARTN) next convention in 2016.

As well as hosting the convention, Council’s very own Megan Swords, Coordinator – Tourism, took out the prestigious Young Regional Tourism Professional Award for 2015 on Thursday night at this year’s ARTN annual convention.

The award is a hotly contested national award which recognises excellence and passion for regional tourism in professionals aged 30 years or younger.

Councillor Ree Price, Portfolio Chair for Tourism said it is a fantastic achievement for both Megan and Council to be recognised as leading the way in tourism.

“We are very proud of Megan, who encapsulates everything we value in our staff – professionalism, dedication and passion for their job! She is a great asset to our region and the tourism industry,” Cr Price said.

“Winning this award means Megan will participate as an ex-officio member of the ARTN Board, receive mentoring and will attend events on behalf of the ARTN. A big congratulations to Megan!”

“Council is looking to encourage more business tourism, this means attracting more business travel and activities including meetings, conferences and events – just like the ARTN convention.”

Megan Swords, Council’s Coordinator – Tourism said she is ecstatic to have won the award and is excited to see the Maranoa host next year’s convention.

“I am honoured to have received the award and to represent the Maranoa at the convention – it is a beautiful region with a bright future ahead,” Megan said.

“I am thrilled that ARTN chose to host the convention in Roma next year, it will be a great opportunity to showcase our many tourism initiatives.”

The ARTN’s annual convention is the most significant annual event for industry, practitioners and government agencies engaged in regional tourism throughout Australia.