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#HilltopsRegion team to reach new potential

Oct 2, 2018

The Hilltops Tourism and Events team are set for a busy few months ahead as the peak tourist season approaches boasting some of the region’s best known events.

The team has undergone some recent changes with Melanie Ford stepping into the Tourism and Events Manager role bringing a wealth of experience in events and destination marketing and looks forward to leading her team to new heights in the future.

Emma Hill returns to the region as Hilltops Destination Marketing and Events Officer. Emma completed her traineeship in 2014 with former Young tourism. Emma has studied a Bachelor of Business majoring in Tourism and Management at Newcastle University and brings enthusiasm and fresh ideas.

Familiar faces Maree Lamb and Wendy Bauer have years of experience at the Hilltops Regions Visitor Information Centres and excitingly this year we welcome Trainee Jamie Killick, who is completing her Certificate III in Tourism. Janene Hurley in Boorowa has years of experience helping organise several the region’s events.

Audrey Liu joins the team part time as Hilltops Chinese Tourism Officer. Audrey’s primary focus is the attraction of the Chinese domestic and international market to the Hilltops Region.

There is plenty to keep the team busy with a string of major events held in the region including the Irish Woolfest in Boorowa held over the weekend, The Harden Kite Festival on Saturday 13 October and the National Cherry Festival from Friday 30 November – 2 December.

The Tourism and Events team is also involved in many other facets of Council including product development, destination management, destination marketing and events. These activities are supported by the Regional Tourism Committee and the Economic Action Plan.

“The Hilltops Council Tourism and Events team are keen to deliver a high level of service to the people of Hilltops and our visitors. We are excited with what we currently offer in the region and are focused on creating and developing new opportunities. There are many plans being developed to attract both the domestic and international tourism market which will provide economic benefit to the region.” Hilltops Council General Manager Edwina Marks said.

The Hilltops Tourism and Events team also have a role to help communicate the many events that are run throughout the region and invite all organisations planning a major event or activity in the region to contact the Hilltops Tourism and Events team, so they can help spread the word.

The Hilltops Region website creates a platform to promote businesses and events regionally as well as through the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse include sites such as

Those wishing to have their businesses or event included should email or phone 6382 3394 for more details. All website event listing requires a landscape high-resolution image and clear event details. For more information contact Melanie Ford on 02 6382 3394.

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