Leading Tourism Identity Resigns As Chair Of The North Coast Destination Network After A Record Breaking Term
Port Macquarie Tourism leader, Kathy Balodis this week officially hangs up her boots as Chairperson of the regional tourism body, The North Coast Destination Network, after a record breaking 8 years in the chair.During that time Kathy has represented not just Port Macquarie but tourism organisations and individual tourism businesses from the Central Coast to The Tweed lobbying the NSW State Government, The NSW Chamber and Destination NSW.
“The focus of all her efforts has been to recognise the value of regional tourism to the state, the key role regional tourism organisations play in guiding their industry, increasing state wide visitation and promotion of the unique colour, texture and character of those regional destinations,” said North Coast Destination Network Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky.”
“To that end Kathy was instrumental in establishing an industry led board for NCDN and establishing The Legendary Pacific Coast – NCDN’s key marketing brand that markets the offerings or more than 19 Local Government Areas between Sydney and Brisbane. http://pacificcoast.com.au/
“Kathy has been a great advocate for tourism operators across the state and her strength and commitment will be sadly missed by state and regional colleagues.” said Ms Novicky.
Kathy Balodis and her husband Peter are well known Port Macquarie business identities who in the past 12 years have developed and successfully operated three major holiday apartment complexes on the Port Macquarie coast. Kathy was also the inaugural President of The Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association.
Most recently they were the owners and managers of the multi award winning Macquarie Waters Boutique Hotel and Apartments and the equally heralded The Corner Restaurant celebrated winner of an Australian Tourism Award for Excellence in Restaurant and Catering Services. These award winning businesses are now under new management.
“Kathy is a true professional who constantly works for the best of her business and her team and generously and passionately shares that ethos with her many colleagues and business associates.
“She and Peter are ground breakers with proven success stories that we know will stand them in good stead for any new challenges they choose to undertake in the future.
“Sadly we lose them back to their home state of Queensland where they will spend time with family, plan and enjoy a well earned break and plot their next new venture.”
For the past three years Kathy co-chaired the North Coast Destination Network with Byron Shire tourism identity Cameron Arnold. Mr Arnold will carry on the role of Chairperson.
Tourism industry colleagues will farewell Kathy and Peter at a party at Rydges Port Macquarie this Thursday night from 6.30pm.