Economic Transitions

Economic Transitions was established in 2011 by Principal, Kim Hewson, who recognised many regional communities globally were establishing tourism development outcomes from a top-down approach without consideration for sustainability.

Economic Transitions approaches all tourism development projects with consideration to the overall triple bottom line and socioeconomic development and benefit of the community.

A community participation approach is utilised as an integral part of the sustainable tourism development. Incorporating a bottom-up approach - community participation, power redistribution, collaboration processes and social capital creation – integrates the benefits of each and provides for the achievement of a healthy environment and society that can continue to be maintained and renewed.

For more information, phone Kim on 0412 884 427.


Kim Hewson has over 30 years' experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, including positions as General Manager of hotels in Western Australia, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for an international hotel chain leading their global offices in South-East Asia, and director of Australian and New Zealand markets with various hospitality and tourism products. With experience in a number of regional and international locations including Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand, Kim has a solid understanding of the global environment and the diversified requirements of tourists. Kim’s strong research background provides tourism businesses with a thorough situational analysis of the tourism business mix, a methodology which is tailored to suit the project requirements, and an outcomes based report to meet the client’s requirements.

In 2010, Kim graduated from the University of Western Australia having completed the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA). With an interest in sustainable tourism, Kim completed her thesis on, 'A Strategic Analysis of the Key Success Factors of Developing a Sustainable Tourism Resort in a Remote Location – Cocos (Keeling) Islands'. Keen to continue her research in the sustainability of regional and remote locations through the implementation of tourism strategies, Kim was accepted through the Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre at Curtin University in 2011 for research in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Her current research focuses on the economic diversification of regional mining communities, and is titled, 'The Development of Sustainable Tourism as an Economic Alternative to Supplement Mining Based Regional Economies – Kalgoorlie, Western Australia'.

Awarded with a scholarship through the Department of Communities and Women, Kim successfully completed the Company Directors Course in 2011, and is currently a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has completed a Certificate in Governance of Not-For-Profits and is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia, and with an extensive financial background, is a Pathways Member of CPA Australia.

Kim is a Committee Member of the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Company Secretary for the Australian Prospectors & Miners' Hall of Fame, and was a voluntary Board member and Treasurer of the Goldfields Tourism Network Association Inc from 2011 until 2016.


Based in Perth (Waikiki) - services available across Western Australia

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