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Linda Tillman

Toowoomba, Darling Downs South West

Tilma Group is a tourism, marketing and events agency focused exclusively on regional and rural Australia. The business was built on Linda Tillman's love for the country and her determination to attract more people to the beauty of regional Australia.

Hi, my name is Linda Tillman. My business is Tilma Group and we are based in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Tilma Group is a small agency focused on regional tourism and events and we work with a broad range of clients throughout regional and rural communities.

The last 10 years I've been very devoted and focused on the business. Prior to that I did study tourism; highly recommend that to anybody looking at tourism as a career opportunity.

Once I had finished studying, I actually went and spent 4 years traveling around Australia. I guess for me it helped shape my career as well, because we visited some really remote, iconic, and beautiful places.

We're really fortunate these days, and particularly in Queensland, there's quite a few grants and business resources out there. I've been fortunate in the last few years to access the Small Business Digital Grant for a number of my clients, and that has allowed them to improve their digital capability tremendously.

Just to visit a place where you can relax and not have to think about life and meet some great people, I highly recommend Outback Queensland.

Since 2008, Linda has developed her passion into a cutting-edge business that caters to regional and rural areas. Tilma Group provides high-quality and cost-effective strategy, creative and management services for tourism, destination marketing and events.

Based in Toowoomba, Tilma Group use their knowledge, experience and skills to provide a suite of personalised tourism-related advisory services, including destination development, marketing, public relations, training and skill development programs and event strategy and sustainability planning. The business provides these services to tourism industry operators, local government and regional tourism organisations throughout Australia.

As the winner of the Young Achiever in Tourism Award, Linda and her dedicated team have achieved some impressive results for more than 45 regional and rural clients over the last decade. This includes securing more than $1.5 million in grant funding for regional destinations and events as well as tourism awards for clients in every state and territory in Australia.

It is Tilma Group's ability to connect and empathise with their clients, understand their challenges, landscape and culture which sets them apart. Their desire to help regionally-based clients has led to the creation of the rEVENTS Academy. Their online integrated learning program provides regional event committees with the tools, resources and support they need to deliver quality events that drive visitation growth and demand.

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