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Tourism NZ’s Tuuta appointed to RDA chair
21 Oct 2019   /

Tourism NZ’s Tuuta appointed to RDA chair

Tourism NZ chair Jamie Tuuta has been appointed as chair of the board for Venture Taranaki Trust.


On the Job: 17 October 2019
17 Oct 2019  

On the Job: 17 October 2019

Tourism industry appointments for the week ending 17 October 2019.


QT Auckland gets new sales and marketing director
15 Oct 2019   /

QT Auckland gets new sales and marketing director

QT Hotels and Resorts has hired Michael Anderson to be its new director of sales and marketing at QT Auckland.


DQ appoints NZ business development and marketing manager
15 Oct 2019  

DQ appoints NZ business development and marketing manager

Sophie Archibald is the new business development and marketing manager, New Zealand, for Destination Queenstown.


Air NZ names Walmart boss as new CEO
11 Oct 2019   /

Air NZ names Walmart boss as new CEO

The Kiwi boss of Walmart’s US business, Greg Foran, has taken the top job at the airline.


On the Job: 10 October 2019
10 Oct 2019  

On the Job: 10 October 2019

Industry appointments, promotions and other people moves for the week ending 10 October 2019


RAL appoints new chief executive
9 Oct 2019   /

RAL appoints new chief executive

The operator has promoted its Whakapapa GM Jono Dean to take over from Ross Copland.


Destination Queenstown fills western markets trade role
7 Oct 2019   /

Destination Queenstown fills western markets trade role

Destination Queenstown has found a new manager for its western market trade channels appointing Kate Baxter from Heli Glenorchy.


On the Job: 3 October 2019
3 Oct 2019  

On the Job: 3 October 2019

Industry appointments, promotions and other people moves for the week ending 3 October 2019


SkyCity unveils leadership team for new hotel management company
3 Oct 2019   /

SkyCity unveils leadership team for new hotel management company

SkyCity Entertainment Group’s Brad Burnett will lead the operator’s new hotel management company, SkyCity Hotels Group.


New chair for DQ, NTT’s Cave also joins board
2 Oct 2019  

New chair for DQ, NTT’s Cave also joins board

Skyline Enterprises director Richard Thomas has been elected the new board chair of Destination Queenstown.


Tourism Bay of Plenty director joins Air NZ board
1 Oct 2019   /

Tourism Bay of Plenty director joins Air NZ board

Tourism Bay of Plenty board director Laurissa Cooney has been appointed to the board of Air New Zealand.


Glacier guide heads to Antarctica in cool new partnership
26 Sep 2019   /

Glacier guide heads to Antarctica in cool new partnership

Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Antarctica New Zealand have entered a new partnership which offers a Franz Josef glacier guide the chance of a secondment at Scott Base.


Last day in post for Air NZ’s Luxon
25 Sep 2019   /

Last day in post for Air NZ’s Luxon

Air New Zealand chief executive Christoper Luxon has his last day in post today.


Tourism Talent expands to Australia, Chris Flynn joins team
24 Sep 2019   /

Tourism Talent expands to Australia, Chris Flynn joins team

Tourism Talent has launched in Australia adding two new directors to its team.


Tourism NZ goes internal after global search for marketing director
23 Sep 2019  

Tourism NZ goes internal after global search for marketing director

After a 16 month global search for a firstly a creative and content director, and then a marketing director, Tourism New Zealand has made an internal appointment to fill the role.


Northland Inc appoints chief executive
20 Sep 2019  

Northland Inc appoints chief executive

Former NZ Maritime Museum chief executive Murray Reade has been appointed Northland Inc’s new chief executive.


Sullivan to take helm at Christchurch Attractions
11 Sep 2019  

Sullivan to take helm at Christchurch Attractions

MD and co-owner Michael Esposito is to step back from day-to-day operations at the business.


Te Papa CEO Geraint Martin resigns
10 Sep 2019   /

Te Papa CEO Geraint Martin resigns

The hunt is on for a new chief executive for the Museum of New Zealand.


Sudima promotes to prep for 2020 expansion
6 Sep 2019   /

Sudima promotes to prep for 2020 expansion

The continued expansion of Sudesh Jhunjhnudwala’s Sudima Hotels group, which will open two more properties in the next 12 months, has led to a wave of promotions as well as new faces joining the business.


DQ appoints new Winter Festival boss
5 Sep 2019  

DQ appoints new Winter Festival boss

Destination Queenstown has appointed Harald Ulriksen to manage the four-day winter showcase.


Hancock signs off from Destination Wairarapa
4 Sep 2019  

Hancock signs off from Destination Wairarapa

Destination Wairarapa’s boss, David Hancock, is stepping down from the tourism organisation after eight years at the helm.


Benton steps down, Dame Julie steps up at DWC
3 Sep 2019  

Benton steps down, Dame Julie steps up at DWC

Tourism West Coast chair Richard Benton has stepped down as the transition of the agency into Development West Coast completes.


Wayfare’s Carmen White lands at Tomahawk
29 Aug 2019  

Wayfare’s Carmen White lands at Tomahawk

Tomahawk has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointment of former Wayfare executive Carmen White to a newly created position.


Air NZ appoints acting CEO
21 Aug 2019   /

Air NZ appoints acting CEO

Air New Zealand’s chief financial officer, Jeff McDowall, has been appointed acting chief executive.


Cordis Auckland snaps up Millbrook’s Almeida
15 Aug 2019  

Cordis Auckland snaps up Millbrook’s Almeida

Cordis Hotels and Resorts has appointed Millbrook Resort’s Adith Almeida to be its new director of corporate sales.


Elgan O’Donnell: Real Journeys’ new head of sales
14 Aug 2019  

Elgan O’Donnell: Real Journeys’ new head of sales

He may have led a globetrotting career but there is no place like home for Elgan O’Donnell.


Te Pae Christchurch unveils executive team
13 Aug 2019   /

Te Pae Christchurch unveils executive team

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has announced its full executive team as the $475m venue counts down the 13 months to opening.


Hollyer to join Bungy NZ as innovations manager
1 Aug 2019  

Hollyer to join Bungy NZ as innovations manager

The former Shotover Canyon Swing GM has taken a newly created role at AJ Hackett Bungy NZ.


Exec reshuffle signals further growth at Touch of Spice
30 Jul 2019   /

Exec reshuffle signals further growth at Touch of Spice

Luxury travel company, Touch of Spice, is positioning itself further growth undertaking an executive reshuffle which sees founder and chief executive, Jacqui Spice, move into a managing director role.


Millbrook Resort founder Eiichi Ishii dies
26 Jul 2019  

Millbrook Resort founder Eiichi Ishii dies

Eiichi Ishii, the founder of Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort, has died in Tokyo following a short illness.


ANZCRO snaps up former Tourism NZ Aus GM
25 Jul 2019  

ANZCRO snaps up former Tourism NZ Aus GM

Tony Saunders is to become the Australasian tour operator’s national sales and marketing manager.


RAL’s Copland to return to Queenstown
23 Jul 2019  

RAL’s Copland to return to Queenstown

The CEO of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts has been hired to lead developer Remarkables Park.


ATEED’s head of major events resigns
18 Jul 2019  

ATEED’s head of major events resigns

Stuart Turner is returning to Scotland for family reasons, says the agency.


STAAH hires Auckland Conventions’ Howlett
18 Jul 2019  

STAAH hires Auckland Conventions’ Howlett

STAAH has appointed Tony Howlett to be its new chief operating officer. 


Could Wizz Air’s Stephen Jones return to Air NZ as CEO?
17 Jul 2019  

Could Wizz Air’s Stephen Jones return to Air NZ as CEO?

An Australian newspaper has named former Air NZ executive Stephen Jones as a possible replacement for outgoing CEO Chris Luxon.


Q&A with HBT’s new GM, Hamish Saxton
12 Jul 2019   /

Q&A with HBT’s new GM, Hamish Saxton

The Hawke’s Bay has lured the former Tourism Dunedin boss back from Toronto.


Saxton takes GM role at Hawke’s Bay Tourism
11 Jul 2019  

Saxton takes GM role at Hawke’s Bay Tourism

The former Tourism Dunedin CEO will fill the role vacated by Annie Dundas.


Akaroa tourism stalwart to check out of sector
11 Jul 2019   /

Akaroa tourism stalwart to check out of sector

An Akaroa businessman who has had a hand in establishing many of the Canterbury destination’s flagship tourism events is looking to exit the sector after more than 30 years.


Aussies poach Christchurch Airport’s Gareth Williamson
11 Jul 2019  

Aussies poach Christchurch Airport’s Gareth Williamson

Christchurch International Airport’s Gareth Williams is heading across the ditch.


Dunedin back in the game with new marketing manager
10 Jul 2019  

Dunedin back in the game with new marketing manager

The long-vacant post spearheading the city’s promotion has finally been filled.


Quickfall: I’ve gone full circle but Skyline is in good shape
9 Jul 2019   /

Quickfall: I’ve gone full circle but Skyline is in good shape

After resigning from Skyline, the former chair is buying back Totally Tourism off the operator.


New faces on first elected EDNZ board
4 Jul 2019  

New faces on first elected EDNZ board

Nine people have been appointed to Economic Development New Zealand’s first ever elected board, including four new faces.


Warrick Low leaves Southland tourism
3 Jul 2019  

Warrick Low leaves Southland tourism

Warrick Low has left his tourism and events manager role at Venture Southland, now named Great South.


Queenstown Airport appoints new GM comms
3 Jul 2019  

Queenstown Airport appoints new GM comms

Queenstown Airport Corporation has appointed a new general manager to head up corporate and community affairs.


CINZ keep Gardner as chair for second term
3 Jul 2019  

CINZ keep Gardner as chair for second term

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand has reappointed Tony Gardner as board chair for a further three-year term.


Henare named associate minister of tourism
27 Jun 2019   /

Henare named associate minister of tourism

The former Labour tourism spokesman’s appointment was one of the changes made in the PM’s Cabinet reshuffle.


DQ seeks new Winter Festival boss as Baker steps down
27 Jun 2019   /

DQ seeks new Winter Festival boss as Baker steps down

Destination Queenstown is soon to be back on the hunt for a new Winter Festival director, with Rae Baker set to stand down after two years at the helm.


Watch: Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon resigns
19 Jun 2019   /

Watch: Air NZ CEO Chris Luxon resigns

Luxon says he will consider a career in “corporate life, politics or a not for profit” after he leaves on September 25.


FWA looks again to fill “Auckland salary” GM role
18 Jun 2019  

FWA looks again to fill “Auckland salary” GM role

After a seven month search for a general manager in 2017 that attracted national media attention, Taumarunui’s Forgotten World Adventures is again seeking to fill the role.