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Tourism Board appointments announced

Tourism Board appointments announced

Minister of Tourism Mark Burton today announced the three-year appointment of two new members, Sean Murray and Kathy Guy, to the New Zealand Tourism Board (NZTB), the governance body of Tourism New Zealand. The Minister also announced the reappointment of Mike Tamaki as a member and the reappointment and promotion of Peter Stubbs to the position of Deputy Chair, also for a period of three years.

Mark Burton said that Tourism New Zealand’s governance needs would be best met by balancing stability with new appointees. The quality of nominations for these positions was outstanding, and the level of interest, both from stakeholder groups and the wider community, was pleasing.

“Peter Stubbs promotion to the position of Deputy Chair is a reflection of his strong contribution as a member of the NZTB. Mr Stubbs is a partner at Simpson Grierson, the immediate past President of the Events and Sponsorship Association of New Zealand, and Chair of the Hamilton City Council’s Event Fund Allocation Team.

“Mike Tamaki, currently a member of NZTB, is a Director of Tamaki Maori Village, a multi-award winning Rotorua business with a turnover of $12 million per annum and a staff of 123. Mr Tamaki has two additional businesses in development, both which promise to be significant additions to New Zealand’s tourism sector. His reappointment will ensure that the Board continues to benefit from his unique range of commercial and cultural tourism skills over the next three years.

“Sean Murray, a veteran of 25 years in the tourism industry, currently holds the position of General Manager—Commercial of Tourism Holdings Limited. I appointed Mr Murray to the position of Chair of the Tourism Research Council in 2000. Under his focussed leadership, the Council has driven a challenging work program, gaining Mr Murray wide-ranging respect across the sector. His strong skills in marketing, strategic planning, and public policy will be an excellent addition to the NZTB.

“Kathy Guy’s tourism career spans 23 years, giving her an in-depth understanding of the sector, both locally and globally. She is currently the General Manager of The Grand Chateau, Mt Ruapehu, and has extensive international experience in conference management and co-ordination. She has served as the Chair of Tourism Lake Taupo, and was involved in setting up the Ruapehu Marketing Group.

“I know that the calibre of the Board will ensure good governance and prudent management for the whole of New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry.”

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