Rick Murray is based in Darwin where until February 2006 he was General Manager of Odyssey Tours & Safaris, which evolved from the small tour operation he established in 1988. Currently he runs his own consultancy, Middle Star, offering Tourism Business Development Services to businesses across the north of Australia.
He has been actively involved at the ‘coal face’ of nature based tourism for over 20 years and has a detailed knowledge of the interaction between tourism and our natural and cultural heritage right across the north of the continent. His experience covers lands both within Protected Areas and other lands such as Aboriginal Freehold lands and Pastoral Leases.
Over the past decade he has served on a number of tourism industry committees particularly those focussed on issues affecting our natural and cultural environment and on the continual improvement of industry standards among tour operators and guides.
He is Chairman of the Kakadu Tourism Consultative Committee and a member of the Kakadu National Park Board of Management. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Tourism NT and Deputy Chairman of Savannah Way Ltd.