If you’re keen on turning your personal passion into a professional pathway, get inspired by the story of Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship alumnus Dom May.
Dom is the Founder and Managing Director of CoastXP. Based in Newcastle, CoastXP offers authentic, exhilarating adventures such as whale watching, sightseeing, and more along the Hunter Coast.
“Each experience is unique,” explains Dom proudly.
“Tours include an authentic interpretation of our coastline, the history of the city and port of Newcastle, the marine life which inhabit our coastline, Aboriginal heritage, as well as unique destination landmarks including cliffs, wrecks, sea caves and ships.”
For Dom, CoastXP is the realisation of a lifelong dream.
“I’m passionate about adventure tourism and the moments we experience along our travels, which I believe are some of the most influential elements of our entire lives” he shares.
“I’m driven to provide innovative experiences to locals and visitors alike through CoastXP, here in Newcastle, and wish to positively influence the destination image of Newcastle and the Hunter Coast through my experiences.”
But it took a lot more than a dream to make CoastXP a reality. While at The University of Newcastle, Dom made the most of the professional relationships and Work Integrated Learning opportunities available to him.
In one Work Integrated Learning opportunity, Dom delivered a report to the Newcastle City Council on how they could shift their digital brand to increase tourism.
“I was placed with the Newcastle City Council tourism department, looking into the digital presence of Newcastle, Australia as a desirable destination to visit,” says Dom.
He also had the exciting opportunity to work with Tourism Australia in Sydney.
“As a large government global marketing agency, Tourism Australia has eleven different international offices. It was an invaluable opportunity to work alongside experienced tourism professionals on large campaigns and projects which have the potential to have a positive impact on a lot of people, from all around the world.”
“The knowledge I learned and connections I gained from my colleagues at Tourism Australia has set me up for a great career in the tourism industry.”
Dom also served as director of several boards at the University of Newcastle, including The University of Newcastle Business and Commerce Association, NUsport, The Faculty of Business and Law, as well as The Student Advisory Council.
“The meetings and decisions made by these boards often directly influenced a student’s experience of studying at the university, if not the friends they connected with or the career opportunities they were exposed to,” says Dom.
Dom is proud to be helping put what makes Newcastle and the Hunter Coast so special in the spotlight.
“My goals for the future are to continue to positively impact the destination image of Newcastle and the Hunter Coast as an aspirational destination for individuals, couples and families to visit, live, and invest,” he says.
And by any measure, he’s well on his way to achieving those goals.