Name: Alysia Brandenburg

Role: Judge

Alysia has been working in the tourism and hospitality industry since her parents purchased the busy Victoria Hotel in the rural Wimmera town of Dimboola whilst she was at secondary school. Since then Alysia has developed a lifelong passion in sustainable tourism and the visitor experience, grounded in the commercial realities of small business, regional destinations and customer service.

Alysia has worked in multiple entities during her tourism career including resorts, major attractions, tourism boards, industry associations and local and state government.

Alysia has served on various tourism entities including holding the position of Chairman, Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges Campaign Committee and holds a Masters of Tourism from Monash University.

Having recently left Parks Victoria, where she held the position of Tourism Manager for seven years, Alysia has a passion and expertise for the tourism sector, particularly focused on sustainable destination planning, accessibility, regional communities and the health benefits of nature-based experiences.

Alysia has extensive knowledge and experience in nature-based tourism, small business operators, licensing, product development, industry standards, domestic/international and trade marketing and the visitor economy.

Alysia also has a unique skill set within fire and emergency management, demonstrating leadership in communications, economic impact analysis and industry recovery. Alysia has been operational throughout the biggest fire campaigns in Victoria in the last fifteen years.

She is highly regarded as a tourism leader and industry sector expert and has been involved in the Tourism Awards as a sponsorship manager and award submission winner.

Alysia is an avid traveller, a passionate Collingwood supporter and also follows the Boston Red Sox.

Alysia Brandenburg