Name: Kathryn Mackenzie

Role: National Judge


Kathryn began her tourism career in 1995 in Bendigo.  As Manager of Visitor Services, Kathryn brought her museum experience to the fore by re-establishing the award-winning Visitor Centre in one of Bendigo’s most historic buildings.

In 2000 Kathryn was appointed as Executive Manager of Tourism with the City of Greater Bendigo.

With the re-development of the Bendigo Art Gallery, along with a very progressive local government vision for the arts, it seemed a logical step to collaborate and work in partnership with the Bendigo Art Gallery to promote Bendigo as a leading arts and cultural destination.

Kathryn led a dynamic and talented team marketing the arts and working with the local tourism industry to create a cohesive industry that offered unique visitor experiences.

In 2014 she established the Regional Tourism Board for Bendigo and Region (Greater Bendigo, Mt Alexander, Central Goldfields and Loddon Shires) and developed the regional strategy bringing a more cohesive and regional approach to the delivery of tourism.

In 2016 Kathryn was awarded the State Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by an individual.

In 2017, Bendigo Tourism created a new industry award in Kathryn Mackenzie’s name for Outstanding Contribution by an individual to the Bendigo Tourism industry.

In 2017 Kathryn was appointed CEO of Echuca Moama Tourism.

Kathryn’s passion for the Arts led her to Chair Culture Tourism Victoria from 2014 -17 and in 2018 -19 Kathryn represented the Murray region on the State Committee on Transformation of Visitor Centres.

In 2021 Kathryn was recognised with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to regional tourism.

Connect with Kathryn through LinkedIn.