New CEO to drive Queensland’s tourism industry

7 Dec 2012 9:24 AMJann Stuckey

Friday, December 07, 2012

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey has announced the appointment of Steven Wright as CEO of Tourism Queensland.

Ms Stuckey said Mr Wright’s role will transition to the position of CEO of the new entity, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ).

“This appointment represents an exciting new era for tourism in Queensland,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Steven has a proven track record of driving successful events and is one of Australia’s most experienced administrators and advisors across the sport, tourism and event sectors with more than 25 years’ experience and I am thrilled he has accepted the position.

“Most recently his move to Queensland has seen him closely involved with Events Queensland and the tourism industry through his private consultancy.

“Steven’s experience will be invaluable as the transition to one ‘super’ tourism entity takes place.

“I have no doubt TEQ will be able to better leverage activities to grow visitor expenditure and achieve the best results and the greatest value for money for Queensland taxpayers.”

Steven Wright said the appointment is a great honour and he is eager to get started in the new role.

“I look forward to working with the Minister and Government to further develop tourism as one of the State’s four key economic pillars,” Mr Wright said.

“A collaborative approach between Government, industry groups and the tourism and events team will be crucial as we map out future strategies to achieve this.”

Tourism Queensland and Events Queensland Chairman Stephen Gregg welcomed Mr Wright on board.
“Steven’s extensive business and events background will be essential in bringing together the talents of both Tourism Queensland and Events Queensland,” Mr Gregg said.

“It will guide TEQ to reach the Government’s goal of increasing tourism expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.
“I’d also like to acknowledge Leanne Coddington, Acting CEO of Tourism Queensland and Kirsten Herring, Interim CEO of Events Queensland for their leadership during this transition and for the important role they’ll play in the new organisation.”

The appointment is effective from Monday 10 December 2012.

[ENDS] 7 December 2012