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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.

History

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
Kerrie Hammond – Indulgence Beauty
Kerry Meier – Floral Notes
Kerry Naughton-Menzies – Horseshoe Bay Resort
Steve Darwen – Bowen Independent & Bowen Collinsville Entreprise
Jackie Burling – Sky View Units
Trisha O’Sing – Luxe Fashion House
Cr Michael Brunker– Whitsunday Regional Council
Craig Turner –  Tourism Whitsundays

Our Staff

Christin Short – Corporate Services Coordinator
Jenn Honnery – Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Mary Gallagher – Sales Consultant
Tanya Windridge – Sales Consultant
Sharon Williams – Sales Consultant

Juniors: Madison Miller, Zeline-de Clarke, Shaniece Cora

Our volunteers

Marg Hurst, Lynn Rowan, John Attwood, Pam Skinner, Pam & Neil Lickerman, Janice Germain, Cheryl Rose, Marie Bailey, Dave & Alison Carney, Marty Vanderwerff, Lorraine Rowan, Steve Fisher, Anne Mason, Vivian & Kevin Clark, Jane Seabourne & Ellie Sheffield .

Members

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.