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Destination Queenstown Chief Executive Resigns

Destination Queenstown chief executive Paul Abbot will be stepping down from his position from March 2022 due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and border restrictions between NZ & Australia.

Mr Abbot was appointed to the role in early 2021 and moved from Australia to take up the position in July. His family were due to join him in late 2021, however with significantly obstructed borders between NZ and Australia this has not been possible.

Destination Queenstown Chairman Richard Thomas says Paul has had to make this difficult decision due to the incredibly challenging and ongoing conditions brought about by COVID-19, border restrictions and the need to put his family first.

“The DQ Board is very sad to see Paul go but can empathise with his extremely difficult position having his family stuck on the other side of the Tasman. We understand his decision to put his family first. That’s the right call for Paul and his family.

"He has had an impact on the organisation and made a strong contribution to Destination Queenstown and the evolving destination management plan. On behalf of the Destination Queenstown Board, I would like to wish Paul all the very best for his future." said Mr Thomas.

DQ itself is in strong position, with a stable leadership team that has been in place for many years and a committed team continuing to work hard to promote and support Queenstown businesses. There is significant ongoing work to keep the Queenstown brand top of mind with both consumers and trade, with well-developed plans ready to go once there is some certainty around international visitors to the region.

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