About Us

Our Organisation

Bowen Tourism and Business is a not for profit organization whose main role is to promote and showcase our beautiful region and its businesses.
Bowen Tourism and Business operates two information outlets in Bowen and one in Collinsville. The Bowen Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway, south of Bowen, is also our head office. About 40,000 visitors stop at the busy Information Centre, adjacent to the Big Mango, every year.


The centre was established in 2001 by the Bowen Tourism and Regional Development Board and our organisation has seen many changes since then.

In 2007, local businessman Paul McLaughlin took the reins as Chairman of Tourism Bowen and led the organisation through many highs, including winning multiple awards, organising advertising campaigns, local events, doing television and radio interviews promoting Bowen and much more. In 2014 Tourism Bowen underwent a name change to Bowen Tourism and Business to reflect the ever increasing representation of Bowen businesses within the organisation. In 2015 after  nine years at the helm, Paul resigned and Jonathan Freeman, a local mango farmer and entrepreneur, took on the role to lead Bowen Tourism and Business onto bigger and better things.

Bowen Tourism and Business is a not for profit organisation that operates the Information Centre at the iconic Big Mango and an Information Booth on the foreshore in town. Both are well worth a visit for some souvenirs, information pamphlets, maps, local knowledge and of course our famous Mango Sorbet made with 100% local Bowen Special mangoes, and only available at the centres.

Our Team

Bowen Tourism & Business is a not-for-profit organisation; led by a board of elected committee members.

Our Board

Jonathan Freeman –Jayfresh Mangoes – Chairman

Angela Gonzalez – Burnups Furniture – Treasurer

Brian Mecklem – Palm View Holiday Units

Kerrie Hammond – Indulgence Beauty

Kerry Meier – Floral Notes Kerry

Naughton-Menzies – Horseshoe Bay Resort

Lili Quirke – Hats Fascinating

Steve Darwen – Bowen Independent & Bowen Collinsville Entreprise

Michael Brunker– Whitsunday Regional Council
Craig Turner –  Tourism Whitsundays

Our Staff

Christin Short – Co-Manager
Carolyn Moriarty – Co-Manager
Rae Ernst-Kelly – Events Coordinator
Mary Gallagher – Administration Coordinator
Jo Cora – Membership Coordinator
Sharon Williams – Retail Coordinator

Juniors: Kyllie Phillips, Emily Williams, Lauren Barty & Vanessa Stewart,

Our volunteers

Marg Hurst, Lynn Rowan, Viv & Kev Clark, John Attwood, Pam Skinner, Pam & Neil Lickerman, Janice Germain, Cheryl Rose, Marie Bailey, Dave & Alison Carney, Robert Page, Steve Fisher, Anne Mason, Vivian & Kevin Clark, Jane Seaborn & Ellie Sheffield .


Bowen Tourism and Business represents various businesses and organisations throughout the region, as well as some tourist businesses along the Queensland coast. Our member database is forever growing and we are continuously welcoming new members. Being a Bowen Tourism and Business member offers a number of benefits. We can assist with your promotional needs, such as allowing you to freely promote through our monthly newsletters and website updates, you will receive invitations to our networking function and also have the chance to host your own, there are exclusive signage opportunities at our award winning information centre.
Without our members, Bowen Tourism & business would not be sustainable, hence we do everything in our power to promote, recommend and build a strong working partnership with our members.

If you would like further information on becoming a member of Bowen Tourism & Business, please click here.  Click to download a Membership Prospectus.


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