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Heavyweights Join Tourism Queensland Board

By James Wilkinson

It’s the state with the Australia’s best marketing campaign and now Queensland is set to continue that tourism winning-streak, following Sunday’s (Jul 19) appointment of five heavyweights to the board of the state’s peak tourism body.

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Appointed to TQ board: Peter Savoff

Appointed to the Tourism Queensland board were Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry, Quicksilver Group GM Tony Baker, Lillydale Host Farm director Pamela Hardgrave, Emporium Hotel general manager Peter Savoff and business consultant Peter Lynch

“We need the best we have at the helm of this vital industry,” said Queensland premier Anna Bligh. “The calibre of these appointees speaks for itself and this completes the dream team for Tourism Queensland.

“These are industry people, who understand the importance of creating and supporting tourism jobs during these tough financial times,” Bligh said.

The new members have joined Tourism Queensland chairman Don Morris and deputy chair Julie McGlone on the board.

Capricorn Tourism chairman and Central Queensland tourism and hospitality owner/operator Grant Cassidy and managing director of National Park Pty Ltd Shane O’Reilly were also re-appointed to the board.

“What these appointments show is just how determined the state government is to support this vital industry and protect the 119,000 jobs it provides in Queensland,” Bligh said.

Bligh said the new members brought many years of outstanding business experience to the table.

“We have cherry picked the best from different sectors,” she said. “That will ensure that Tourism Queensland continue to provide the high-profile creativity and leadership so essential for the well-being of the State’s tourism industry.

Tourism Queensland continues to ride high on the back of the ‘Best Job in the World’ campaign, which two weeks ago won a record three grand prix awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France.

Still on Queensland, SpiceNews will have a special Whitsundays edition live from Hamilton Island next Thursday, July 30.