A NEW Chair of Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) has been appointed with Experience Co Limited chief executive officer John O’Sullivan set to take over the role after a recent annual general meeting.
Mr O’Sullivan has been a Director of TTNQ since May 2021 and is a regular visitor to Tropical North Queensland where Experience Co Limited operates Great Barrier Reef cruises, sky diving and a rainforest high ropes course.
The former managing director of Tourism Australia replaces Chair Ken Chapman who has completed his three-year term.
Chief executive officer Mark Olsen welcomed Mr O’Sullivan as Chair and thanked Dr Chapman for his three years of service during the toughest time the tourism industry had ever faced.
“The $10 million in Federal Recovery Regions Funding secured to support our domestic recovery in 2021 through TTNQ’s advocacy not just for our industry, but for our regional economy, has helped to deliver record after record, culminating in $4.3 billion expenditure last financial year.
“After much lobbying TTNQ then became the only regional tourism organisation in Australia to get the support of the Federal Government for our international recovery.
“TTNQ has already generated publicity worth nearly $30 million in just three months to assist our international recovery after receiving $15 million from the Australian Government’s International Tourism Recovery Program administered by Austrade.
“Thank you, Ken, for your insight and guidance.”
Dr Chapman paid tribute to Mr Olsen, the TTNQ Board, staff and members who had worked together to tackle the most challenging three years in the history of the organisation.
“Despite this adversity, it has also been a time of great achievement with exceptional outcomes,” he said.
“I leave the Board knowing the organisation is in the best shape it has ever been and confident that our best times are still ahead of us.”
Mr O’Sullivan said he looked forward to chairing the TTNQ Board through the next three years to achieve the organisation’s goal of $5 billion in visitor expenditure by 2025.
Nikki Giumelli was elected to the Board and retiring Director Ben Woodward was re-elected.
Ms Giumelli is a tourism project manager through her business Green Arrow Consultancy and Mr Woodward is the Director of Sales and Marketing for The CaPTA Group.