The consultancy services of Middle Star Pty Ltd draw on over 30 years of tourism industry management experience. Our principal, Rick Murray, pioneered experience based, minimal impact tours across the north of Australia with Odyssey Tours & Safaris, the company he established and developed into an industry leading operation. Odyssey was eventually acquired by a major national resort operator as their touring flagship.
The recognition of the importance to tourism businesses of sound management skills, accreditation systems and of the development of effective networks, helps to ensure the sustainability of both the business and the industry. We have extensive experience in these matters.
Rick Murray's ongoing personal interest in the development of a sustainable nature based tourism industry has seen him participate over many years in numerous industry organisations in the fields of tourism, training, land management, the environment and research. Rick Murray, holds a number of key board positions in the industry.
Whilst our focus has traditionally been on the tropical savanna region of northern Australia, in recent years Rick has spoken at ecotourism conferences and provided advice in regions as diverse as Sabah Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Tasmania, Alice Springs, Sydney and the Pilbara, commonly on the interaction between government and private enterprise in the development of a sustainable regional economy. Since moving our home to the Clarence Valley in northern NSW in 2012 we are now working with a number of clients in NSW as well.