At DMS, our driving force is our unwavering dedication to excellence and commitment to innovation. We’re more than an agency; we’re your strategic ally – unlocking your destination’s limitless potential.

In today’s ever-evolving landscape, you need to set yourself apart from the crowd and avoid the ‘sea of sameness’. Together, we can reimagine what’s possible – supported by a team who thrive on pushing boundaries and delivering results.

With DMS at your side, you will be leading the pack. We’re the leading destination agency you’ve been waiting for.

OUR TEAM

Charlotte Prouse, Director

Charlotte is a destination specialist who has been working in regional tourism for over 25 years, starting with Tourism Victoria before landing at the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in 2010, and then establishing DMS in 2012.

Along the way, Charlotte spent time with Hello World, Ramada UK, Destination NSW and Tourism  Australia where she developed the destination positioning and experience strategies for some of  Australia’s most outstanding nature and cultural destinations. Charlotte was also the food and wine consultant for Tourism Australia for several years.

She has developed brand, positioning and marketing strategies for a wide range of organisations and destinations, including the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Victorian Alpine Resorts, Samoa Tourism Authority and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Charlotte also led the award-winning brand strategy ‘Reset Your Senses’ and the ‘Let’s Skip Town Together’ marketing campaign for Mudgee  Region Tourism as well as the highly successful branding of Destination Barrington Coast and subsequent marketing campaign. A number of these projects involved the identification and/or development of products and packages to create experiences that supported the marketing campaigns. She has also delivered DMPs for both Mudgee Region Tourism and Mid-Coast Council (Destination Barrington Coast).

Charlotte was also a board member of Tourism Murray River and Riverina Regional Tourism for 10 years and worked with Mildura Rural City Council on their major waterfront development project.

Charlotte participates in the SKIFT Global Forum, gaining insights into international travel and tourism trends that have a direct impact across all aspects of the tourism sector in Australia and around the world. She is regularly asked to speak at conferences, including on global tourism trends, destination branding, marketing and experience development.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts and Recreation (major in Tourism Marketing), University of South Australia; Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Sydney University; Diploma in Executive Tourism and Marketing, Southern Cross University; Certificate in Design Thinking, RMIT

Carl Solomon, Director

Carl has created and executed award-winning destination brand, marketing, digital engagement and education campaigns. He has achieved significant results in nature, cultural and regional tourism; engaging communities and delivering destination plans and strategies to sustainably grow the visitor economy. 

Throughout his career, Carl has worked across the community, business and government sectors with or for organisations as diverse as the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS), Tourism  Australia, Parks Australia, WWF, Destination NSW, Visit Canberra and the United Nations. He has delivered multiple projects for Destination Country & Outback NSW (DNCO), Destination Barrington Coast and Mudgee Region Tourism, among many others.

Carl was the Director of Tourism & Partnerships for NPWS and subsequently Divisional Director for Customer Experience for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). He served on several sub-committees of the NSW Government’s Visitor Economy Taskforce, including for Nature Tourism,  Cultural Tourism, Accommodation and Investment Attraction, contributing directly to key recommendations of the Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan (VEIAP). He was also a member of Tourism Australia’s national advisory committee on Investment Attraction.

Carl has extensive experience in both destination and cause-related marketing, branding, experience development and community engagement, including stakeholder consultation on complex and politically-sensitive issues.

Qualifications: Graduate Certificate in Marketing, University of Technology Sydney; Masters of International  Studies (International Relations in the Asia-Pacific), University of Sydney; Bachelor of Commerce, University of NSW

Ben Andrews, Head of Digital Experience

Ben has been working in the destination marketing space for almost 10 years. With a keen eye for digital trends, Ben’s focus is to complement traditional marketing activities with a stronger focus on digital channels.

Ben was a driving force behind the success of amalgamated Mid-Coast Council’s destination brand Barrington Coast, managing all their newly created digital channels, including website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, and along the way making them some of the most engaged with destination channels in NSW. He was also the first person to successfully have a regional destination’s social media channels verified by Facebook, Instagram and TikTok (a recognition from these channels that the pages had created a noteworthy and active presence on their platforms). 

He also reviewed, reformed and implemented online booking and ticketing systems and e-commerce functionality to optimise distribution and streamline channel management as part of the implementation of the Barrington Coast Visitor Services Strategy.

Ben also works closely with tourism businesses, passing on his skills through capacity building workshops. From Facebook Basics to Optimising User Generated Content on TikTok, Ben can confidently explain the power of social media and how businesses can best stand out in a crowded space. He has also managed business social media accounts, developing strategies to help increase their reach and engagement with audiences.

Ben has key contacts at Destination NSW and Tourism Australia, working closely with them to best increase a destination’s presence across their digital channels, exposing them to huge online audiences. 

Oliver Batten, Lead - Destination Strategy & Sustainability

Driven by people and places, Oly has worked across a diverse range of roles and found his passion for sustainability and innovation. He has managed teams and programs across the government, not-for-profit and private sectors and enjoys finding solutions that deliver positive social and environmental impacts. 

Starting off his career at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Oly worked in the International Student space developing strategies and programs to enhance student engagement and offer transition support for international students. He later returned to UOW in the capacity of Employer Engagement Coordinator and Business Development Lead, where he forged long-term linkages with industry and honed his skills in stakeholder management and community engagement. 

Oly has held roles including Operations Manager at Government House – Office of the Lieutenant Governor, BC, Canada, and Community Engagement and Programs Manager at Keep Australia Beautiful NSW. He has worked across two roles in Local Government at Eurobodalla Shire Council in Tourism and Events. With a high attention to detail and a diverse skill set, he has successfully delivered projects for several organisations whilst improving business efficiencies. 

Sustainability is what gets Oly really excited. From being a Young Sustainability Ambassador in the Illawarra, to riding his push bike across South-East Asia as part of an environmental documentary called The Peloton Against Plastic. Oly loves weaving travel and adventure with any opportunity to help the environment. As Social Enterprise Manager for a small not-for-profit called Hidden Harvest, he also transitioned the organisation from being a volunteer-run organisation to a thriving social enterprise. 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Tourism Management Major, International Studies Minor), University of Wollongong; Advanced Diploma in Travel and Tourism

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

Our Subject Matter Experts are leaders in their field. And they’re top people too; you can take our word for it. We work with them when we know their expertise will bring a point of difference to making your destination shine.

INGA HLÍN PÁLSDÓTTIR

Branding, industry engagement and crisis management

Inga is the former Director of Visit Iceland. She led brand Iceland as a place and destination, both in crisis and in times of growth. Her expertise spans stakeholder engagement, integrated marketing and regenerative sustainability.

JO MACKELLAR

Research

Jo has twenty years of experience delivering quality research and insights for tourism and event agencies, including Tourism Australia, Arts NSW and local governments in regional Australia.

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