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Fresh Faces: GALTA president Louise Terry

New Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia (GALTA) president LOUISE TERRY loves to run, but it’s a driving experience she treasures most and takes with her wherever she goes.


Where is the last place you travelled and where are you going next?

My last personal holiday was with my partner for her birthday at Suffolk near Byron [Bay] - a quiet little Airbnb near the beach, couple of bikes and a few bottles of bubbles!

My next trip is a work related one to the Tweed region in northern NSW; it’s a gorgeous blend of seaside villages and creative country towns and the famous purple Ink Gin is made there by Husk Distillers.


Besides your passport, what’s one thing you always take with you on your travels?

My running gear. I’ll always try for a run when I land somewhere and take time to explore. It’s such a great way to instantly feel like a local and get your bearings.

I’ve run in snow in Zurich spotting deer in the wild, beside the river Nyhavn in Copenhagen, the Thames in London and along Santa Monica Beach in LA.

I usually set off with no phone or map which is liberating, though one time in Munich I took a wrong turn and inadvertently ended up running a half marathon! 


What excites you most about this role at GALTA?

Working with some incredibly experienced industry colleagues on the board, who bring experience in resort management, hospitality, aviation, retail travel and destination marketing - and engaging proactively with our national members to create opportunities.



Tell us something people might not know about the organisation? 

GALTA has been in existence for quite some time. In 2022, the organisation will celebrate 30 years of working with tourism businesses from across Australia and beyond to connect LGBT+ travellers with great holiday experiences. 


What’s one travel experience that really sticks in your memory?

Solo driving 21,000-plus kilometres around Australia (the big lap!) in my 1976 VW Kombi over 6 months. It was fun, fortifying and energising, and one of those experiences I’ll always revisit when I need to remember that anything is possible and you CAN make your wildest dreams come true!


What’s your top travel tip? 

Travel with care and kindness for people, place, nature and culture.



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Written by: LOUISE TERRY as told to Traveltalk
Published: 17 November 2019

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