Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics
Jenny Calkin has had more than 30 years’ experience in the tourism, specialising in strategic tourism planning and policy development. She has worked extensively throughout Australia (including rural and regional NSW) and the Pacific during this period.
From 1980 to 1993, Jenny held a number of positions with the NSW Tourism Commission and its predecessors. She had more than eight years senior management experience in project management, organisational change management, business development and in research and policy formulation on issues pertaining to tourism, aviation and associated industries.
Jenny provided policy advice to the Ministers and Government on tourism related issues. She assisted with the drafting of legislation. Jenny represented the Commission on Government Committees and Inquires, including those related to the establishment of the Sydney Casino, the bid for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the NSW Air Transport Council.
From 1998-2004, Jenny was the Project Director and Team Leader for the Tonga Tourism Project – a six year, multi-million dollar tourism development and destination management project funded by the Australian Government. The aim was to strengthen Tonga’s tourism industry.
In 2007, Jenny established Calkin Motels and purchased the leasehold of the Nebula Motel, Cooma. As an owner of an accommodation establishment in regional NSW, Jenny has hands on experience associated with the challenges of growing a sustainable visitor economy in order to support local businesses and the community.
Since establishing her businesses, Jenny has been involved in a number of corporate planning, strategic tourism planning, tourism development, marketing and tourism policy orientated projects for national, state and local governments as well as the private sector. Jenny has worked extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Asia.