About me

Neil McGarryNeil McGarry has spent his entire working life in the tourism sector, a total of 32 years, with Neil still as passionate about the industry today as he was when he took his first position. Neil has spent 28 years driving tourism at the Local Government level working in all regions of the State, with the exception of the Murray-Riverina. Neil’s commitment to local communities was only broken by a 4 year stint at Tourism NSW where he held the positions of Regional Manager, Marketing Services Manager and International Manager, before returning to the ‘bush’.

During his career, Neil has strived to be at the forefront of the tourism industry, introducing computers to VICs, participating in an extensive range of training programs as well as industry events such as the ATE Trade Missions, presenting at conferences and seminars and challenging established concepts in marketing and promotion – resulting in significant changes in direction that have delivered visitation both locally and regionally.

Within the tourism sector, Neil has played a very active role on a diverse range of local and regional committees, boards and working parties, including the Outback Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO), New England – North West RTO (Vice Chair), Inland NSW Tourism Board, Kamilaroi Highway Promotions Committee (Vice Chair), Film Broken Hill, Broken Hill Convention Bureau and the Outback Regional Consultative Committee. At the State level, Neil was the Vice President of the NSW Council of Tourist Associations and was instrumental in the introduction of the AVIC system. For over 15 years, Neil was also actively involved with the Council of Tourist Associations.

Working at the community level, Neil has been engaged in a range of activities including membership of the National Parks and Wildlife Service Advisory Committee, Centenary of Federation Committee and Olympic Torch Relay Committee (Chair). He was also the Chair of the Year of the Outback Working Group and, as a result of his contribution, became an ‘Ambassador’ during the National Year of the Outback.

Neil was Winner of OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO LOCAL TOURISM IN NSW, 2013

For more information please download Neil’s CV.

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