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Regional Tourism Ambassador

24th September 2020

Port Pirie Regional Council’s Manager Tourism & Events has been selected as one of 14 representatives throughout Australia to provide a voice for regional tourism.

Glen Christie has been named a Regional Ambassador with Australian Regional Tourism Ltd (ART), a peak body that represents regional tourism practitioners throughout Australia. Mr Christie is one of five South Australian ambassadors who will complete a 12 month ambassadorship which includes a monthly blog on ART’s online hub.

The ART formed the Regional Ambassador Team to act as community experts and to develop and share relevant information with other tourism practitioners around regional Australia. Mr Christie will focus his support and blog content on how local government can support visitor information centres into the future.

The program is particularly important in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on the tourism industry and made online learning and networking a priority.

Mr Christie has worked as Council’s Manager of Tourism & Events for almost four years and is also the Deputy Chair of the South Australian Accredited Visitor Information Centre Network Working Group.

He is passionate about visitor servicing and looks forward to supporting the regional networks in enhancing their existing service strategies.

“The honour of being selected was extremely gratifying. The opportunity to speak to the National ART Membership about Local Government and its continued support of visitor servicing, is timely. I look forward to seeing what feedback comes from my contribution, on a National level, which I can bring back to Council and the SA VIC Network, to assist our long-term development in supporting Regional visitors,” Mr Christie said.

“With the Remarkable Southern Flinders Ranges National Park project underway, combined with the return to tourism recovery, post-COVID, there has never been a better time to examine Regional Visitor Servicing and plan for next level service offerings.”