Welcome Gina Scott!
It is with great pleasure we welcome Gina Scott to the great team of contributors at Think Tasmania. As we make the introductions, you’ll realise why we’re so excited to have her on board. Gina has a great deal of experience in the tourism industry, runs her own business and is well versed in all things Tasmanian. Exactly the sort of person able to share quality stories about the state, and in particular, the north east corner.
Who is Gina Scott?
Gina was born and bred in Tasmania. A fifth generation Tasmanian working in the local tourism industry is quite unique. She originally came from the south; has lived on both the east coast and north west coast; and now resides in the north east of Tasmania.
In her younger days, Gina worked in insurance and financial planning but is now self-employed at Platypus Park Country Retreat in Bridport. She and husband Tony* established their rural hospitality business in 1993. The retreat holds the record for the most years of continuous operation in the tourism industry in the north east of Tasmania. So what, I hear you ask? Well she’s definitely done the miles!
Calling Tasmania Home
Having travelled Europe and Asia when they were younger, Tony and Gina Scott returned to Tasmania to settle down. Their dream was to provide true Tasmanian hospitality in a rural location with a coastal aspect; their preference to city living. Launceston became home base until they purchased their ideal rural plot and started to build their dream, brick by brick. Always keen to improve their business, Platypus Park Country Retreat remains a work in progress to this day, and they continue to amass many skills.
Gina has played her part in growing the Tasmanian tourism scene for almost 18 years. She has served as a director of ITOT (Independent Tourism Operators of Tasmania). She has also held many roles with Bed and Breakfast and Boutique Accommodation of Tasmania and its forerunners. Gina is about to retire as a director of Bed & Breakfast Farmstay Accommodation Australia.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Gina will soon take up a position with local group: Bridport Innovations. And of course she has kindly agreed to write articles for Think Tasmania in her spare time! It must be said that Gina Scott is always ready to lend a helping hand to other operators who seek advice. Her extensive local knowledge has helped many tourists plan interesting itineraries for their Tasmanian holiday.
Sharing the Secrets: North East Tasmania
While getting out and about is sometimes difficult when self employed, Gina has a tremendous wealth of local knowledge. She is interested in Tasmanian heritage, its people and places. She hopes to bring you some unique stories about her local region and the people that make it even more intriguing.
Did you know there was a Tasmanian Tiger in Bridport? And did you know you can see whales off Bridport during September and October? See, I told you there were things you overlooked during your last visit, says Gina Scott. Who are we to argue?
If you’re in the north east of Tasmania, Gina would love you to visit Platypus Park Country Retreat in Bridport and say g’day! She’s always ready to listen to your story; loves a glass of Tassie wine and can’t resist the brilliance of local cheese. Who knows, you might even see the resident Sea Eagle or a platypus if you stay a little longer.
A Taste from Gina Scott…
- North East Rivers Festival, an annual event in October
(formerly the Derby River Derby)
- The local region: north-east Tasmania…
from George Town to St Helens and inland
- Other tourism operators from different regions
- Legerwood Avenue of Remembrance
- Ralphs Falls, St Columba Falls & Pyengana Dairy
- Three Hummock Island… interesting and rich in history
- North East – It’s Time to Visit
- Marine Grass (by Tony Scott*)
- Derby – Trail of the Tin Dragon
If you’d like to suggest a topic for Gina (or another contributor) to write about, please leave a reply on this article or contact Think Tasmania.
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