DestinationQ Working Group announced

11 Jul 2012 11:07 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Newman Government has moved quickly to deliver outcomes from the landmark DestinationQ Forum, with a Post-Forum Working Group now established.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the new group will help implement agreed actions signed off at the inaugural industry Forum held in Cairns last month.

“More than 300 tourism delegates from across Queensland had input into the 12 month Key Action Plan, which aims to revive the struggling industry,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Post-Forum Working Group is a top level industry and government led body that will ensure those pledges are carried forward.”

Minister Stuckey said Tourism Department Director-General Dr Richard Eden and Queensland Tourism Industry Council Chair Stephen Gregg will Co-Chair the important working group.

Other members include:

•Daniel Gschwind- QTIC Chief Executive

•Martin Winter- Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Chief Executive Officer

•Ron Chapman- Caravanning Queensland Chief Executive Officer

•Laura Younger- General Manager Australian Timeshare & Holiday Ownership Council

•Mary Carroll- Capricorn Enterprise Chief Executive Officer

•Agency representatives determined by the Director-General

The working group will advise the Tourism Cabinet Committee on the progress of key issues identified at the DestinationQ Forum.

Ms Stuckey said it will also provide guidance on the 20 year tourism plan, to get the industry back on track.

“The Newman Government signed a partnership agreement with the Queensland tourism industry, promising a new deal that would re-invigorate the sector,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Together, we will build tourism into one of the four pillars of the economy and achieve the Government’s target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.

“This Post Forum Working Group will help us to build stronger partnerships, as we re-position Queensland as Australia’s number one tourist destination.”

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DestinationQ Post-Forum Working Group Bios

•Dr Richard Eden is the Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. Dr Eden has had a long and distinguished career in the public sector and sees great opportunity through partnering with industry and small business to revitalise tourism in the state.

•Mr Stephen Gregg has over 30 years’ experience in the aviation and tourism sectors. He is Chair of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and a Director on the Events Queensland Board. Mr Gregg has also been CEO of North Queensland Airport Limited, CEO of Tourism Queensland and served as Managing Director of the Northern Territory Tourist Commission.

•Mr Daniel Gschwind is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and also sits on the boards of the National Tourism Alliance and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. Mr Gschwind is a member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and is the Honorary Consul of Switzerland for Queensland.

•Mr Martin Winter is the CEO of the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation. Mr Winter is also a member of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council Board, Chairperson of the International Congress and Convention Association Asia Pacific and Director of the Australian Associations of Convention Bureaux.

•Mr Ron Chapman is the Chief Executive Officer of Caravanning Queensland and has more than 45 years of industry experience under his belt. Mr Chapman has been recognised with a Marie Watson-Blake Award for his outstanding contribution to tourism.

•Ms Laura Younger is the General Manager of the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council. Ms Younger is a member of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council Board of Directors, Chair of the Surfers Paradise Alliance and Vice President Surfers Paradise of the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce.

•Ms Mary Carroll is the Chief Executive Officer of Capricorn Enterprise. Ms Carroll has extensive experience in destination marketing, membership and corporate governance in the private and public sectors.