Who We Are
Barking Owl Communications is a Sydney-based boutique PR agency specialising in media relations and integrated communications programs for the travel and tourism industry. Our reputation is for creative and strategic advice to help deliver great outcomes for the client and agency.
Barking Owl combines in-depth experience, solid media relationships and an approachable style comprising a team of consultants who share passion for and extensive knowledge of the travel and tourism industry.
Why work with us?
A boutique tourism agency with more than 20 years’ experience in Australia and internationally
Specialise exclusively in hospitality, tourism, destination and lifestyle sectors
Offer comprehensive integrated communications strategies across travel PR and trade communications, social media and partnerships
Specialists in crisis communications and PR rebuilding strategies
Excellent relationships with the travel, trade and news media
Accomplished in delivering valuable and relevant content and leveraging opportunities
Extensive event management experience
Maintain longevity for brands beyond launch
Have a positive outlook, great sense of humour and deliver our work in a friendly, professional style.
Managing Director / Owner
With more than 20 years’ experience in public relations and communications, Jill has held numerous senior leadership roles including heading up the Sydney office of international top tier PR agency, Edelman. Prior to that she spent 11 years in the US managing Edelman’s Consumer PR division in LA, before leading their Tourism Practice for North America out of Chicago. Jill has finessed the art of identifying media opportunities, delivering excellent results, building great rapport with clients, journalists and influencers, problem solving and staying calm in a crisis. In 2003, she established Barking Owl Communications to assist clients in the tourism industry develop and implement strategic communications programs to help them reach their business objectives.
Senior Account Manager
With a career spanning three continents; the UK, Africa and Australia and New Zealand, Katie has worked across a range of tourism and travel clients in the advertising sales, media and PR industry for more than 12 years. Her expertise in media liaison, relationship building and events led Katie to manage the regional communications for Hamilton Island and its sub-brands, including qualia, for more than seven years, where she coordinated and hosted the visiting journalist program, major media events on the island, including the annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, and supported the development of the overall PR program. Her broad experience in public relations, tourism hospitality, publishing, advertising and print media, have culminated in her current role as a specialist travel and tourism PR consultant.
Barking Owl…What’s with the name?
In 1988 agency Managing Director, Jill Collins, was on holidays in Greece with her sister. The pair visited a crumbling temple in Delphi and they were discussing Athena – the goddess of wisdom, courage and inspiration – who was often depicted with an owl on her shoulder. This symbolism struck a chord with Jill and inspired her to collect owls as souvenirs on her travels. She realised she was fast becoming a crazy owl lady and packed them all away.
A number of years later, as Jill was establishing her own PR agency, the beloved owls were resurrected to join her in business. Jill found an affinity with the Australian species, the Barking Owl, which carries uncanny similarities to her. The Barking Owl is beige and grey – her hair colour. It is wise and lives on the east coast of Australia – like Jill. And when it gets excited apparently, it sounds like a mad woman screaming – positively perfect. And she is a BARKING owl after all – what better name for an owl in the communication business!