The shining light in a remarkable cavern

Jordan Wheeler, Assistant General Manager of the Capricorn Caves has just been named as one of two Emerging Tourism Professionals for Australian Regional Tourism (ART) across Australia.

Identified as an emerging leader and advocate of the industry with the potential to make a significant contribution to regional tourism, Jordan will kick off a six-month mentoring program with Ali Uren from Kiikstart Business Coaching during the first week of May.

Joining one other Queensland constituent, Lisa Woolfe from Townsville Enterprise, our two young Queensland leaders will be mentored to greater personal and professional success, striving for best practice and continuing as key futurists within the regional industry.

Despite being closed to the public, Jordan has maintained his work at our destination’s premier nature-based attraction and was delighted to hear this good news amongst the emergency currently faced by several tourism operators across the region.

“While I am missing the flow of friendly faces of discovery and chatter through the doors of our spectacular limestone caverns, I was thrilled to hear of my selection as an Emerging Tourism Professional,” said Jordan.

“To be supported and recognised by ART in this way is an awesome compliment and I look forward to learning as much as I can throughout the professional tourism development program so that I can continue advocating for this incredible industry.”

Targeting professionals aged 30 and under who are striving for best practice in a role that primarily focusses on regional tourism, the program recognises excellence, achievements and innovations, and encourages young practitioners to remain in the industry.

For more than eight years, Jordan has developed his career at the Capricorn Caves. Prior to COVID-19, his role included the coordination of daily operations, tour guide training, social media, product development, budget management and assisting with human resources. Jordan also worked with principals and teachers across regional Queensland to deliver school camps and education programs both in classrooms and amongst the Caves.

“My career in tourism has provided the opportunity to meet new people, travel around Australia and explore the world. I am passionate about sharing the uniqueness of the Capricorn Caves and the Capricorn region with domestic and international visitors and can’t wait for the day that we re-open the doors to our iconic attraction,” said Jordan.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll extended her congratulations to Jordan upon hearing his success.

“Our region is so very lucky to have budding young managers such as Jordan revitalising our region and showcasing the professionalism and passion of the entire industry,” said Mary. “Eloise Chaffers from Great

Keppel Island Hideaway successfully took part in the program back in 2018 and we are proud to have Jordan taking the reigns and continuing to represent our destination.”

“We look forward to following Jordan’s journey through this program and learning from his experiences and observations.”

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