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DQ grabs Lake Wānaka Tourism chair Mat Woods to be CEO
19 May 2022   /

DQ grabs Lake Wānaka Tourism chair Mat Woods to be CEO

Lake Wānaka Tourism’s chair has been appointed Destination Queenstown’s new boss.


Skydive Queenstown appoints national sales manager
18 May 2022   /

Skydive Queenstown appoints national sales manager

Skydive Queenstown has appointed Martin Langford to the role of national sales manager.


QT Hotels appoints QT Wellington GM
17 May 2022   /

QT Hotels appoints QT Wellington GM

QT Hotels & Resorts has appointed Chris Greening as its new general manager, QT Wellington.


On the Job: Senior sales hire at CPG, changes at Skyline, TIA, KiwiRail
13 May 2022   /

On the Job: Senior sales hire at CPG, changes at Skyline, TIA, KiwiRail

Tourism industry appointments and people moves for the week to 13 May.


Millennium & Copthorne appoints BK Chiu replacement
6 May 2022   /

Millennium & Copthorne appoints BK Chiu replacement

Harrison will commence the handover process in the coming weeks with retiring managing director BK Chiu.


On the Job: Senior hires at Pro-invest, new CEOs at Northland Inc, KiwiRail
6 May 2022   /

On the Job: Senior hires at Pro-invest, new CEOs at Northland Inc, KiwiRail

Tourism industry appointments for the week to 6 May.


Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO
4 May 2022   /

Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO

Linton is currently Callaghan Innovation’s chief innovation expertise officer.


KiwiRail goes back to the future with Reidy’s return as CEO
2 May 2022   /

KiwiRail goes back to the future with Reidy’s return as CEO

Peter Reidy returns to the rail and ferry operator as chief executive, four years after leaving the role.


Trustees sought for Te Araroa walking trail
2 May 2022   /

Trustees sought for Te Araroa walking trail

Te Araroa Wellington Trust is on the hunt for two new trustees to help govern the section of the Te Araroa walking track running from near Levin to the South Coast of Wellington.


On the Job: Sperring’s new role, hires at Pro Invest, QT Hotels, Capstone and GwT
29 Apr 2022   /

On the Job: Sperring’s new role, hires at Pro Invest, QT Hotels, Capstone and GwT

Tourism industry appointments for the week to 29 April.


On the Job: Hires at The Carlin, RealNZ, Te Puia, DOC, Destination Marlborough
22 Apr 2022   /

On the Job: Hires at The Carlin, RealNZ, Te Puia, DOC, Destination Marlborough

Tourism industry appointments for the week to 22 April.


Tourism NZ restructuring: Sue Parcell resigns
20 Apr 2022   /

Tourism NZ restructuring: Sue Parcell resigns

The CFO is understood to have resigned and departed on Thursday.


Graham Budd’s life to be celebrated
20 Apr 2022  

Graham Budd’s life to be celebrated

A celebration of the life of Great South chief executive and former Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd will be held at Lake Hayes Pavilion, 1/ 710 Gibbston Highway, Queenstown, at 1.30pm Saturday 23 April.


Forest & Bird appoints new chief executive
20 Apr 2022   /

Forest & Bird appoints new chief executive

Forest & Bird has welcomed Nicola Toki as its new chief executive Kaiwhakahaere.


Tributes flow for tourism’s “invaluable” Graham Budd
19 Apr 2022   /

Tributes flow for tourism’s “invaluable” Graham Budd

The Great South CEO and former Destination Queenstown boss passed away on Friday.


Fouth senior departure in a month for Tourism NZ
19 Apr 2022   /

Fouth senior departure in a month for Tourism NZ

Tourism New Zealand’s global manager of trade marketing, Tansy Tompkins, has left the agency.


On the job: Zac Watson’s new role, Ritchies’ new CEO, senior hires at Sudima, Waikato EDA
14 Apr 2022   /

On the job: Zac Watson’s new role, Ritchies’ new CEO, senior hires at Sudima, Waikato EDA

Industry appointments for the week to 15 April.


Ritchies Transport appoints CEO
13 Apr 2022   /

Ritchies Transport appoints CEO

Michele Kernahan has been appointed chief executive officer for Ritchies Transport.


Sudima Hotels grabs Jucy GM
11 Apr 2022   /

Sudima Hotels grabs Jucy GM

Alexandria Appelman has been appointed the new hotel manager for Sudima Queenstown Five Mile hotel.


On the Job: QAC grabs Air NZ GM, new WIAL boss, promotions at Sudima, DOC
8 Apr 2022   /

On the Job: QAC grabs Air NZ GM, new WIAL boss, promotions at Sudima, DOC

Industry appointments for the week to 8 April.


Wellington Airport taps Matt Clarke for CEO
5 Apr 2022   /

Wellington Airport taps Matt Clarke for CEO

The former Rotorua Airport boss will take over from Steve Sanderson on 1 May.


On the job: Changes at RealNZ, Tourism NZ, Great South, Qualmark and Cathay Pacific
1 Apr 2022   /

On the job: Changes at RealNZ, Tourism NZ, Great South, Qualmark and Cathay Pacific

Industry appointments to the week of 1 April 2022.


Another senior departure at Tourism New Zealand
30 Mar 2022   /

Another senior departure at Tourism New Zealand

Another senior staffer has departed Tourism New Zealand – the fourth change to come to light in the past two weeks – although none are due to its current restructuring, says the agency.


Tourism NZ seeks new GM international
29 Mar 2022   /

Tourism NZ seeks new GM international

Tourism New Zealand is on the hunt for a new general manager of international , who will be based in Auckland or Wellington.


Great South appoints Bluff tourism plan lead
29 Mar 2022   /

Great South appoints Bluff tourism plan lead

Great South has contracted Bluff Community Board member Tammi Topi to lead the Bluff Motupōhue 2020 Tourism Master Plan.


On the Job: Frood’s move south, another TNZ departure, changes at RealNZ, HBT
25 Mar 2022   /

On the Job: Frood’s move south, another TNZ departure, changes at RealNZ, HBT

Industry appointments and people moves for the week to 25 March.


Pukaha Wairarapa tour appoints event manager
23 Mar 2022   /

Pukaha Wairarapa tour appoints event manager

The Pukaha Wairarapa Garden Tour has named Jen Butler as its new event manager following the departure of Rachael Dell, who managed the tour for the last four years.


New CEO for Hawke’s Bay Airport
22 Mar 2022   /

New CEO for Hawke’s Bay Airport

Rob Stratford returns to New Zealand after more than 20 years in senior executive roles in Australia.


Tourism NZ undergoing restructuring, senior changes in store
18 Mar 2022   /

Tourism NZ undergoing restructuring, senior changes in store

The agency is reshaping following a review but is yet to reveal publicly its final structure, although one senior departure has been confirmed.


On the Job: Hires at CODC, Air NZ, RealNZ, Tourism Talent, ACB, Travel Corp
18 Mar 2022   /

On the Job: Hires at CODC, Air NZ, RealNZ, Tourism Talent, ACB, Travel Corp

Industry appointments for the week to Friday 18 March.


Tourism Talent Australia appoints NSW GM
17 Mar 2022  

Tourism Talent Australia appoints NSW GM

Tourism industry stalwart Mark Taylor has joined Tourism Talent Australia as general manager – New South Wales, adding greater depth to the company’s extensive local and international recruitment networks.


Former DQ boss Kennedy to lead RealNZ’s International Antarctic Centre
14 Mar 2022  

Former DQ boss Kennedy to lead RealNZ’s International Antarctic Centre

David Kennedy has been appointed chief executive of RealNZ’s International Antarctic Centre.


On the Job: Changes at Fable,  Hanmer Springs Attractions, Swiss-Bel, Te Puia and SkyCity
11 Mar 2022   /

On the Job: Changes at Fable, Hanmer Springs Attractions, Swiss-Bel, Te Puia and SkyCity

Ryan Crocker is the new general manager for the newly launched Fable Terrace Downs Resort.


Hanmer Springs Attractions appoints new ops manager
9 Mar 2022   /

Hanmer Springs Attractions appoints new ops manager

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On the Job: Todd Schmidt’s new role, changes at The Rees… and more 
4 Mar 2022   /

On the Job: Todd Schmidt’s new role, changes at The Rees… and more 

Reefton Distilling Co gets International Antarctic Centre’s former boss, changes at The Rees, departures from RealNZ and Auckland Unlimited, and a Jucy hire.


New GM at Delamore Lodge
1 Mar 2022   /

New GM at Delamore Lodge

Nathan O’ Reilly has been named the general manager at Capstone Hotel’s luxury lodge, Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island.


On the Job: Changes at ChchNZ, Kauri Museum, MTC,  Go with Tourism
28 Feb 2022   /

On the Job: Changes at ChchNZ, Kauri Museum, MTC, Go with Tourism

Tracey Wilson has been named the new acting GM of destination and attraction at ChristchurchNZ.


“A giant has fallen” – tourism pays tribute to Jeroen Jongejans
23 Feb 2022  

“A giant has fallen” – tourism pays tribute to Jeroen Jongejans

He will be remembered for his infectious enthusiasm, tireless advocacy, and his pioneering work with Dive! Tutukaka.


Dive! Tutukaka’s Jeroen Jongejans passes
23 Feb 2022  

Dive! Tutukaka’s Jeroen Jongejans passes

The tourism industry stalwart and award-winning advocate died unexpectedly on Monday evening.


On the Job: Changes at Tairāwhiti, Hilton, DQ, Great South, INFLITE
18 Feb 2022   /

On the Job: Changes at Tairāwhiti, Hilton, DQ, Great South, INFLITE

Adam Hughes has departed his general manager of tourism role at Trust Tairāwhiti to lead Waimangu Volcanic Valley in Rotorua.


“We’re not a one trick pony” – CEDA’s new boss on Manawatū tourism
17 Feb 2022   /

“We’re not a one trick pony” – CEDA’s new boss on Manawatū tourism

CEO Jerry Shearman lays out his tourism priorities for the region.


Kāpiti Coast sets up tourism advisory board
15 Feb 2022   /

Kāpiti Coast sets up tourism advisory board

A new tourism advisory board has been assembled at the Kāpiti Coast to focus on increasing tourism activity and visitor numbers to the district, led by former Tourism NZ chief executive George Hickton.


Destination Queenstown’s Paul Abbot resigns
11 Feb 2022   /

Destination Queenstown’s Paul Abbot resigns

The CEO will depart in March after just nine months in the role.


On the Job: Changes at Enterprise Dunedin, IHG and Auckland Unlimited
11 Feb 2022   /

On the Job: Changes at Enterprise Dunedin, IHG and Auckland Unlimited

Changes at Enterprise Dunedin, IHG, and Auckland Unlimited


New global MD for Corporate Traveller
8 Feb 2022   / /

New global MD for Corporate Traveller

Tom Walley is the new global managing director of Corporate Traveller, the SME specialist divisiom of Flight Centre Travel Group.


On the Job: Senior appointments at Marsden Group, Maverick, Haka Tours
4 Feb 2022   /

On the Job: Senior appointments at Marsden Group, Maverick, Haka Tours

Industry moves for the week to 4 February.


Hobbiton chair Colin Harvey passes
1 Feb 2022   /

Hobbiton chair Colin Harvey passes

Hobbiton Movie Set’s long-serving chair, Colin Harvey, has passed away.


New tourism boss for MBIE
31 Jan 2022   /

New tourism boss for MBIE

Heather Kirkham has been appointed to the role of general manager of tourism at MBIE.


On the Job: Senior hires at Accor, TAANZ, Qatar, Hind and CPG
28 Jan 2022   /

On the Job: Senior hires at Accor, TAANZ, Qatar, Hind and CPG

Chief executive appointments at Accor and TAANZ, and senior hires at Qatar, Hind Management and CPG Hotels.


Air NZ appoints heavy hitter from US as new COO
26 Jan 2022   /

Air NZ appoints heavy hitter from US as new COO

Air New Zealand has appointed Alexandra Marren, president of ABM Aviation in Atlanta, USA, as its new chief operating officer.