JUDGING PANEL

Assessment leaders in alphabetical order by surname.

Dorothy Di Stephano

Global thought leader, speaker, creative strategist, founder and director of Molten Immersive Art, Dorothy Di Stefano leads an international collective of experiential artists who create digital immersive experiences. As an ambassador for the arts, Dorothy sits on many cultural committees and is a Founding Circle Member of the World Experience Organization (UK) a Visual Arts Committee Member of the Della Leaders Club (NYC Chapter), Director of Research – Immersive Arts for the Digital Placemaking Institute and an International Partner on the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Committee for the World Business Angels Investment Forum (Istanbul).

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Peter Doggett

Peter had a 33 year association with Gold Coast tourism industry during which time he held senior management positions with Warner Village Theme Parks & Sea World Resort before opening his own tourism consultancy in 2009. For the 7 years before his retirement in 2019 Peter was the CEO of Connecting Southern Gold Coast (CSGC), whose role it was to foster economic development, tourism promotion & marketing, and manage events that stimulate tourism and community participation in the southern Gold Coast. He is a past judge of the Qld Tourism Awards & the” Women in Business Awards” for South East Qld and served on the Joint Marketing Group (JMG) for the 2018 Commonwealth Games for 4.5 years. Peter is also the current Secretary of Skal International - Southern Gold Coast Branch, which he founded in March 2014. (Skal is a global networking organisation for senior members of the travel & tourism industry).

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Sveva Falletto

From the beautiful island of Sardinia (Italy), Sveva Falletto was born into a culture of Hospitality.  As an experienced Tourism and Hospitality professional, her upbringing remains at the core of her approach. Holding a Postgraduate degree in Business Administration and a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sveva has held leadership positions in Europe, Middle East, South-East Asia and now Australia. From campgrounds to luxury accommodation, SCUBA diving to cruises, Aboriginal tourism to a variety of nature-based experiences, Sveva has been working at multiple levels of tourism planning, destination development, management and project delivery. A core focus has always been to invest in the effectiveness and future sustainability of the organisations she has been involved with. Sveva is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Nitmiluk Tours and Cicada Lodge, a position she has held since 2017.

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Dr David Gration PhD (UQ) MBA (QUT)

 

David is the Director of Events Tourism Associates, a company established to provide industry relevant research, workshops and events tourism related design and planning services. He brings together a combination of academic qualifications and research skills with 30+ years of hands-on management and marketing experience in venues, festivals, special events, business events and tourism. His PhD focused on events tourism and David has worked in both metropolitan and regional centres, from Hobart to Townsville, helping communities to achieve success through sustainable event design. In 2011 he became only the second person to be made a Life Member of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association, now known as Performing Arts Connections (PAC).

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Linda Stevens

 

An art lover, Linda’s tourism career kick-started in Asia, where she lived, worked and consulted for many years. During that time she contributed to the tourism transformation of numerous destinations, including Bali, Hong Kong, Hanoi and south east China. Upon returning to Australia Linda purchased a holiday resort and devoted the next two decades to achieving excellence for that venture as its CFO. Under her guidance, the resort won multiple business awards, Queensland Tourism Awards and an Australian Tourism Award. Linda now travels both within Australia and internationally to embrace new opportunities, and spent part of 2019 in Chile, Cuba and Costa Rica touring street art precincts.

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Fiona Sweetman

 

Fiona is a enthusiastic supporter of creative ideas and activations of Melbourne and Victoria. As past Board Member of Cultural Tourism Victoria she has been exposed to so many versions of art in our streets and landscapes. Fiona is also a Board Member with Victorian Tourism Industry Council. Fiona’s business, Hidden Secrets Tours has spent the last 17 years seeing the evolution of how we Australians observe street art, invest in it and in the end craze over it, as she and her team deliver walking tours in Melbourne’s laneways. Her interaction with clients both domestic and international offers her a unique position to understand the various appreciation within the community of this art in the journey of our visitors. With a office based in the Nicholas Building, Fiona has shared studios with many Melbourne urban artists, and has a crazy urban photography habit. Fiona is a Melbourne Award winner in recognition of her efforts in contributing to the profile of the city, and in such efforts, she ensures her celebration of the city is in context with visitor experiences elsewhere. Fiona understands how street art is an important cog in the value of tourism.

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and....Tolita Dukes

Tourism digital and marketing coach