Chamber up for challenge

The Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Mount Gambier have re-grouped to support the city’s tourism, hospitality and retail sectors.

Chamber president Hayley Neumann said the group had rallied following the “devastating effects of COVID-19 on the visitor economy”.

Ms Neumann said after a period of operating at arm’s length to the chamber, the subcommittee would now return to add strength to the recovery, bringing with it new chamber board member Kelsie Prowse (pictured) and a range of upcoming events.

“2021 was an awful year for everyone but especially for our tourism businesses,” she said. “We knew the recovery would be long and hard for some businesses, so we wanted to make sure we had the whole strength of the chamber working together.

“Bringing the Tourism Mount Gambier sub-committee back and included in all chamber activities means we can work together as one, combining all our expertise, skills and experience. “This is also acknowledgment of the essential role that tourism plays, intertwining with our entire economy rather than a stand-alone sector.”

Mrs Prowse, the proprietor of The Apple Farm, has recently been welcomed to the chamber’s board. “We welcome Kelsie to the board as our newest member,” Ms Neumann said. “We are looking forward to Kelsie bringing her passion for the tourism and hospitality industry to the chamber and all that she has to offer.”

Mrs Prowse said she was looking forward to working with the group. “I am eager to work with the chamber to help support, grow and advocate for all businesses that operate in our city and wider region, including the tourism and hospitality sector,” she said.

“Operating a business throughout the pandemic means I know how tough it has been and I am excited about the upcoming initiatives to support this sector.” Ms Neumann said the chamber was not wasting any time and will hold a Mix and Mingle on July 20 at The Mount Gambier Hotel for $15 per ticket or free for chamber members.

“We are also fortunate that Jessica Harris from Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA) will be attending our next Mix and Mingle to talk about the role of TicSA and what they do for your business,” she said.

“No-one wants a repeat of 2020, but the silver lining out of last year was the way people collaborated and connected to get through the bad days. “Working together as one with Tourism Mount Gambier will see the chamber stronger than ever.”

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