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2 Dec 2022   /

Te Papa, Tākina & tourism: Jake Downing on new opportunities

Te Papa’s new director of museum and commercial services on the priorities ahead.


On the Job: Wellington Airport’s new chair, Rydges appoints GM, hotel & RTO departures …and more!
2 Dec 2022   /

On the Job: Wellington Airport’s new chair, Rydges appoints GM, hotel & RTO departures …and more!

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 2 December 2022.


Hospitality pioneer passes away
1 Dec 2022   /

Hospitality pioneer passes away

Hospitality pioneer Michael Friend has passed away.


THL unveils new leadership ahead of Apollo merger
29 Nov 2022   /

THL unveils new leadership ahead of Apollo merger

Both THL and Apollo’s executives have all been retained in the new merged entity, albeit some with changed roles or reporting lines.


Rydges appoints GM to Formosa Golf Resort
28 Nov 2022   /

Rydges appoints GM to Formosa Golf Resort

Rydges Hotels and Resorts has appointed Bjorn van Ginkel to general manager of the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort in Auckland.


On the Job:  Changes at TCO, new deputy CEO for VT, board changes at Skyline …and more!
25 Nov 2022   /

On the Job: Changes at TCO, new deputy CEO for VT, board changes at Skyline …and more!

Industry moves for the week to 25 Nov.


THL, Apollo CEOs to join board, C-suite review under way
24 Nov 2022   /

THL, Apollo CEOs to join board, C-suite review under way

Apollo’s CEO will be in charge of finding further M&A, as THL casts an eye over executive role duplication.


On the Job:  Industry moves for the week to 18 Nov
18 Nov 2022   /

On the Job: Industry moves for the week to 18 Nov

New NZSki sales & marketing GM, James Helmore’s new role, Tory Whanau joins WIAL board, IDNZ hire …and more!


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited chair passes away
14 Nov 2022   /

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited chair passes away

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited chair Mark Franklin has died in Australia whilst receiving cancer treatment.


On the Job: New NZ Airports CEO, appointments at ChristchurchNZ, Great Journeys NZ, Go with Tourism …and more!
11 Nov 2022   /

On the Job: New NZ Airports CEO, appointments at ChristchurchNZ, Great Journeys NZ, Go with Tourism …and more!

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 11 November 2022.


Jacqui Lloyd to depart Destination Marlborough
7 Nov 2022   /

Jacqui Lloyd to depart Destination Marlborough

She has been with the regional tourism organisation since May 2017, where she has developed and guided strategic marketing strategies to grow Marlborough’s destination profile.


On the Job: Hires at ABs Experience, TNZ, departures at AIAL, AAT Kings
4 Nov 2022   /

On the Job: Hires at ABs Experience, TNZ, departures at AIAL, AAT Kings

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 4 November 2022.


Auckland Airport’s Cassels-Brown to depart
2 Nov 2022   /

Auckland Airport’s Cassels-Brown to depart

Auckland Airport’s general manager of operations Anna Cassels-Brown is leaving her role in January after seven years with the organisation.


On the Job: New execs at TNZ, Quinton Hall’s new board role, Wētā Workshop and hotel hires
28 Oct 2022   /

On the Job: New execs at TNZ, Quinton Hall’s new board role, Wētā Workshop and hotel hires

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 28 October 2022.


On the Job: New Jet Park GM, appointments at BEIA, Tākina, Te Pae, Trust Tairāwhiti
21 Oct 2022   /

On the Job: New Jet Park GM, appointments at BEIA, Tākina, Te Pae, Trust Tairāwhiti

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 21 October 2022.


BEIA, Te Pae Christchurch appoint managers
18 Oct 2022   /

BEIA, Te Pae Christchurch appoint managers

Business Events Industry Aotearoa and Te Pae owner Ōtākaro appoint new senior managers.


Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations
17 Oct 2022   /

Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations

Tākina Events has appointed Wētā Workshop head of tourism Jake Downing its new director of museum and commercial services.


On the Job: Appointments at QAC, Haka Tourism, WCC …and more!
14 Oct 2022   /

On the Job: Appointments at QAC, Haka Tourism, WCC …and more!

Industry appointments and people moves for the week to 14 October 2022.


Tansy Tompkins takes Wellington CEO role
12 Oct 2022  

Tansy Tompkins takes Wellington CEO role

Tansy Tompkins has been appointed chief executive at Wellington Cable Car.


iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong elected to council
10 Oct 2022   /

iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong elected to council

The operator topped the count in his ward and says he will be ‘the voice of tourism’ on the visitor-dependent district’s council.


On the Job: New Edgewater GM, senior Ngāi Tahu Tourism appointments, BEIA board changes, hotel hires
7 Oct 2022   /

On the Job: New Edgewater GM, senior Ngāi Tahu Tourism appointments, BEIA board changes, hotel hires

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 7 October 2022.


Cordis Auckland appoints GM, HR director
4 Oct 2022   /

Cordis Auckland appoints GM, HR director

Eduard Sarton and Carey White bring international experience to the Auckland hotel.


Hundertwasser, RealNZ lose senior leaders
3 Oct 2022   /

Hundertwasser, RealNZ lose senior leaders

Hundertwasser loses its inaugural CEO and RealNZ’s Legnavsky heads to the US.


Heritage Hotels appoints sales manager
3 Oct 2022   /

Heritage Hotels appoints sales manager

Heritage Hotel Management has appointed Chris Hughes to sales manager based at its corporate office in Auckland.


On the Job: New Jetstar CEO, TIA departure, board changes at Grow Tourism, THL, Skyline
30 Sep 2022   /

On the Job: New Jetstar CEO, TIA departure, board changes at Grow Tourism, THL, Skyline

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 30 September 2022.


Auckland Airport appoints ‘future director’
29 Sep 2022   /

Auckland Airport appoints ‘future director’

Auckland Airport has appointed The Warehouse Group chief digital officer Sarah Kearney to its Future Director Programme.


Skyline chair Hunt to retire, operator restarts dividend, plans online casino
27 Sep 2022   /

Skyline chair Hunt to retire, operator restarts dividend, plans online casino

Skyline Enterprises chair Jan Hunt is retiring from her position on the board at the end of the year.


On the Job: Appointments at RealNZ, STAAH, Haka Tours bolsters team, ex-SkyCity CEO’s board role
23 Sep 2022   /

On the Job: Appointments at RealNZ, STAAH, Haka Tours bolsters team, ex-SkyCity CEO’s board role

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 23 September 2022.


NZICC rebuilds sales strength, Te Pae marks 100 events
21 Sep 2022   / /

NZICC rebuilds sales strength, Te Pae marks 100 events

The New Zealand International Convention Centre is ramping up its sales team as it looks to build up bookings ahead of the long-awaited venue’s 2025 opening.


Air NZ’s new sustainability boss to start earlier
21 Sep 2022   /

Air NZ’s new sustainability boss to start earlier

Air New Zealand says its new chief sustainability officer will start in the post a month earlier than originally expected.


Howlett moves into CEO role at STAAH
20 Sep 2022   /

Howlett moves into CEO role at STAAH

Tony Howlett has been promoted to chief executive at hospitality software provider STAAH.


Steve Chadwick: How Rotorua can reclaim its tourism mecca status
16 Sep 2022   /

Steve Chadwick: How Rotorua can reclaim its tourism mecca status

It is the end of an era for Rotorua’s mayor, but she leaves as the city grapples with social issues impacting the destination’s reputation.


On the Job: Senior appointments at Weta Workshop, Ōpuke Thermal Pools, BE Wellington, SkyCity
16 Sep 2022   /

On the Job: Senior appointments at Weta Workshop, Ōpuke Thermal Pools, BE Wellington, SkyCity

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 16 September 2022.


Let’s work towards decarbonising aviation – new BARNZ boss Cath O’Brien
14 Sep 2022   /

Let’s work towards decarbonising aviation – new BARNZ boss Cath O’Brien

The former head of regulatory affairs at Air NZ takes the reins from Justin Tighe-Umbers.


SkyCity appoints Malta MD to senior leadership team
13 Sep 2022   /

SkyCity appoints Malta MD to senior leadership team

SkyCity Entertainment Group has appointed Steve Salmon to its senior leadership team.


Christchurch Airport CEO Malcolm Johns resigns
12 Sep 2022   /

Christchurch Airport CEO Malcolm Johns resigns

He will leave next year as the operator’s Tarras proposal prepares for potential consent applications.


On the Job: Appointments at Cooper and Co, RealNZ, RotoruaNZ, Rotorua Airport
9 Sep 2022   /

On the Job: Appointments at Cooper and Co, RealNZ, RotoruaNZ, Rotorua Airport

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 9 September 2022.


RealNZ taps Ngāi Tahu’s Bruce to replace Savill
7 Sep 2022   /

RealNZ taps Ngāi Tahu’s Bruce to replace Savill

Steve Bruce has joined RealNZ as general manager of sales in another sign of heated competition for experienced staff in the tourism industry.


On the Job: Invercargill Airport’s new CEO, board changes at TNZ, hires at Great Journeys, EVENT
2 Sep 2022   /

On the Job: Invercargill Airport’s new CEO, board changes at TNZ, hires at Great Journeys, EVENT

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 2 September.


Dunedin Airport CEO resigns, Auckland Airport appoints new GM
1 Sep 2022   /

Dunedin Airport CEO resigns, Auckland Airport appoints new GM

Melanie Dooney will join the airport in early November after finishing up as chief people officer for Te Whatu Ora’s Auckland district.


EVENT appoints NZ marketing director
30 Aug 2022   /

EVENT appoints NZ marketing director

EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment has appointed Lucy Acott as New Zealand director of marketing.


iFLY’s Matt Wong running for council
30 Aug 2022   /

iFLY’s Matt Wong running for council

iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong is running for a spot on Queenstown Lakes District Council.


On the Job: Amos’ new role, hotel GM group co-chairs, board changes at SkyCity, BYATA
26 Aug 2022   /

On the Job: Amos’ new role, hotel GM group co-chairs, board changes at SkyCity, BYATA

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 26 August.


Robertson Lodges owner Julian Robertson dies aged 90
24 Aug 2022   /

Robertson Lodges owner Julian Robertson dies aged 90

The billionaire investor owned three of NZ’s most iconic luxury lodges, including The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.


On the Job: NZCA’s new chair, NZSki departures, hires at TIA, Cooper and Company
19 Aug 2022   /

On the Job: NZCA’s new chair, NZSki departures, hires at TIA, Cooper and Company

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 19 August.


On the Job: Appointments at TNZ, Te Pae, Tourwriter, departures at RotoruaNZ, Edgewater
12 Aug 2022   /

On the Job: Appointments at TNZ, Te Pae, Tourwriter, departures at RotoruaNZ, Edgewater

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 12 August.


Top Wānaka tourism job up for grabs
10 Aug 2022   /

Top Wānaka tourism job up for grabs

The iconic Edgewater resort is losing its GM to the United Kingdom.


Haka Tourism’s Lawrence joins TECNZ board, Black departs
10 Aug 2022   /

Haka Tourism’s Lawrence joins TECNZ board, Black departs

Haka Tourism Group’s Eve Lawrence has been appointed to the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand board.


Former TNZ global manager of business events Lisa Gardiner’s new travel tech role
9 Aug 2022   /

Former TNZ global manager of business events Lisa Gardiner’s new travel tech role

Tourwriter has hired TNZ’s former global head of business events, Lisa Gardiner, to fill the new role of head of growth at the travel software service provider.


Te Pae snaps up global event leader
8 Aug 2022   /

Te Pae snaps up global event leader

Nicolette Elia has joined Te Pae Christchurch as director of event services, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the conference, events and exhibitions to her role.