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Sam Hartley appointed Sales & Marketing Manager for Kakadu Tourism

January 25, 2021 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

Highly experienced hotel and tourism professional, Samantha Hartley, has been appointed to the role of Sales & Marketing Manager for Kakadu Tourism.

Sam is filling the role of Becca Mills, who is taking the year off on maternity leave.

Kakadu Tourism is the largest hotel and tour operator in Kakadu National Park, operating the world-famous Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru, and Cooinda Lodge and Camping in Cooinda. Kakadu Tourism also operates Yellow Water Cruises, Yellow Water Fishing, Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tours and Warradjan Cultural Centre.

Sam Hartley (nee Thompson) joins the group after working on the Gold Coast for over a decade for leading hotels such as the Sofitel, Crowne Plaza and The Star Gold Coast. She has represented the IHG hotel group and also Destination Gold Coast, and has extensive experience in the corporate, conference and leisure travel sectors.

She starts her role with Kakadu Tourism after the region attracted significantly above-average visitation over the summer holiday period, despite the ongoing issues caused by the global pandemic.

Her appointment also coincides with a massive Federal Government spending commitment to upgrade Kakadu National Park’s accessibility and tourism infrastructure.

With the extension of the Year of Indigenous Tourism into 2021, Sam will be looking to attract groups from schools and other organisations to visit Kakadu and explore the world’s oldest living culture.

Sam will be based in Kakadu Tourism’s Darwin offices.

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