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Mice Net : June 2009
young gun “ further fuelled an enthusiasm for more worldly pursuits. ” gold coast convention bureau’s globetrotter Aimee’s yeArs AbroAd have brought a depth of knowledge and experience to the Gold Coast’s new bureau. None the least has been my appointment, four months ago as business development executive heading up research with Gold Coast Tourism. When I was younger I loved to travel and was lucky enough to have parents that willingly brought me along for the ride. I dreamed of being a travel writer for Lonely Planet and hoped one day I too would travel to exotic places, immerse myself in the culture and teach other people about it. I still maintain that very same dream! By sheer coincidence in 2000 my Japanese teacher at school passed around a brochure for an International University in Japan and on the very same day my mum brought home the same brochure – carrying with it the same message – “why don’t you apply?’’. Amazingly the day before the start of my year 12 exams I was accepted which meant the pressure of finals soon subsided and I could look forward to the wonderful experiences that lay ahead. My time spent in Japan further fuelled an enthusiasm for more worldly pursuits - I wanted to work and produce large–scale events and what better way to do this than to be involved in one of the largest on the planet, World Expo held in Nagoya, Japan. I was one of the lucky 60 people out of 6000 applicants selected to work at the Australian Pavilion. Following a brief sojourn to my hometown of Melbourne I continued to roll with the wave of opportunity and found myself fulfilling a hotel reception and Japanese language guide position in the very heart of Australia, Ayers Rock. Here I worked crazy hours in line with the peak sunrise and sunset tours but was soon offered a position in the resort public relations team – conducting site inspections, organising community events and writing for the weekly resort newsletter and magazines. This was again a very fulfilling time of my life; however my yearning for so much more soon had me boarding a plane to the UK, first stop London. This move proved a total contrast of cultures and a real shock to the system to the say the least but I soon settled into a position with an international association as their conference I 48 mice.net could best describe my life to date as very rewarding and a virtual whirlwind of occurrences that have assisted me towards achieving some of my lifelong goals. manager. After spending two worthwhile years managing events throughout Australia, Austria, USA and South Korea the call of home became too strong. Upon my successful appointment as business development executive – research within the Business Events unit of Gold Coast Tourism, I boarded a plane and headed for Australia’s tourism capital. My position has been newly created in line with the refreshed direction of the organisation and I look forward to the challenges ahead. I strongly feel that what I am doing here is making a real difference and have already created a number of strong leads for our sales team. I spend most of my day on association and company websites sifting through multitudes of important information that ultimately assists in identifying potential business! I like to think I have my little head in everything, using every bit of information to find a lead and help secure business for the Gold Coast. I acknowledge that my dreams - to travel and write about my experiences, to promote Australia as the ultimate business events destination and to do this through organising major events may be a big one. That is why I always stick to my overriding motto towards life. ‘Dare to be wise, dare to be different’! SUPERVISOR’S COMMENT: In only four months, the difference Aimee has made to our team and the destination is outstanding. She has already exceeded my expectations and has added a support system and depth of research the destination has been waiting for to step confidently into the international conference bidding arena. This is a big step forward for our destination and Aimee is to be congratulated on her achievements to date. Aimee leaves no stone unturned when researching business opportunities and has set up a newly created business operating system that I am sure will be used by the team for many years to come. Aimee has worked hard to build her local business events networks. She is a friendly and well respected member of the team and I am sure she will have a long career in the business events industry. Jacqui Taylor - Director – Business Events Gold Coast Convention Bureau/Gold Coast Tourism My time spent in Japan Aimee Kugel Age: 26 CompAny: Gold Coast Convention Bureau/Gold Coast Tourism position: Business development executive – research – business events