GTNA manager looks in new directions
A fresh direction may be on the cards for the Goldfields Tourism Network Association as a new manager takes the driver’s seat.
Neil McGilp was elected as the new head of GTNA after predecessor Mandi Warry decided to leave the association after two years.
Having previously managed the Waltzing Matilda tourism facility in Queensland and a tour operation in the Kimberley, Mr McGilp has a background in product development and networking.
He said he believed those two areas could be the future for GTNA, which now operates mostly as a marketing organisation for tourism in the Goldfields region.
“I suppose that next level is developing new product and not just sort of marketing the existing product, but taking what we have got to another level and trying to develop the tourism in the region,” he said.
“We probably need more packaged product … to go out into the marketplace and have something a little more to sell than ‘come to Kalgoorlie, come to the Goldfields’.
“I think it is important to look at how we can put together not just suggested itineraries, but have something you can sell people from a travel agent point of view, or an RAC WA person in a Perth office.”
Mr McGilp suggested possibly combining itineraries in the region with the Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook to create a “no-hassle” option for international travellers.
“We need something where you can get in your car and you can take this package and go to the Goldfields and there is your accommodation, there is your entry into this and that,” he said.
“That is what the international market is looking for.”
Mr McGilp and the GTNA team are in Albany for the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s 30th national rally.
New GTNA manager Neil McGilp is hoping to develop new products for the marketplace.