By Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) has a new chairman – Daniel Myles.
Mr Myles has been the Blue Mountains City Council board representative on the official regional tourism organisation’s board for several years.
He was elected to the position at the BMLOT annual general meeting on Monday, February 24, replacing Randall Walker who had been chairman for six years and who also stood down as a board director.
A Blue Mountains Councillor for the past 15 years, Mr Myles said he was “delighted to have the opportunity to help maintain and boost our regional tourism profile’’.
“I’m passionate about tourism because it’s a clean and sustainable industry that delivers income for local workers, local businesses and the nation as a whole.
“The Oberon, Lithgow and Blue Mountains region offers an extraordinarily wide range of quality experiences for visitors – all within a few hours of Sydney.
“It’s our challenge as a board to continue to market what we have across NSW, Australia and the world.’’
Mr Myles acknowledged the vision and leadership of Mr Walker and his efforts for regional tourism and said the board was fortunate to have him continue with the organisation as interim chief executive officer until June.
Mr Walker’s “knowledge and passion has also been reinforced’’ with some new faces elected to the board at the AGM.
“There is enormous opportunity for all in having a united, focused regional tourism voice,’’ Mr Myles said.
He intended to meet all BMLOT members during the coming months, and began his program of visitation by having a coffee with Paragon Cafè, Katoomba, owner Robyn Parker.
Mr Walker said it had been “an absolute honour and a privilege to represent one of the most magnificent and recognisable destinations on the planet’’.
“I love waking up in a World Heritage Area.
“I have lived and breathed the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region every single day for the past six years and am proud of the milestones the organisation has achieved in that time.
“There will always be people in life who say things can’t be done. I am not one of them and I enjoy working with similar minded people. We have done whatever it takes to protect, promote and share this region with the world.’’