Ben Woodward – the director of a pioneering family tourism group, and Brian Arnold – the managing director of an Indigenous trust with investments in the Daintree and Savannah Way were elected to the Board of Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) in The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held yesterday.
CaPTA Group Sales and Marketing Director Ben Woodward has been elected Chief Executive Officer. Woodward is well connected to the inbound tourism sector which will be vital for the industry’s return to international travel. As the director of his family’s business, he was a voice representative for the destination’s suppliers during the pandemic.
Elected Director of Tropical Highlands and Remote Areas, Brian Arnold is the Group Managing Director of the Aboriginal Development Benefit Trust representing Doomadgee Roadhouse. Established under the Gulf Communities Accord, the Trust provides strategic and development support for its investments, including the Daintree Discovery Center, Burketown Pub and Ancient Journeys.
TTNQ President Ken Chapman thanked outgoing trustees – Sam Ferguson of Destination Cairns Marketing, Paul Fagg of Skybury Coffee and Mark Evans of Paronella Park – for their contributions.
Speaking at the AGM, Chapman said TTNQ seized the opportunity of adversity during the worst trading conditions for tourism businesses in history, noting “we have increased our market share over the past year. quarter with a record number of domestic visitors in May and June, continuing an upward trend in the share of domestic visitors to the region over the past decade.
“Our advocacy and lobbying has been stepped up like never before for government support to tourism businesses and their staff, resulting in unprecedented financial support from the federal government and strong support from the State and the Regional Council of Cairns.
“This allowed the TTNQ team to put together the most comprehensive integrated consumer marketing campaigns we’ve ever had. “
Chapman pointed out “but there is no point in marketing to people who cannot travel and that was the saga of the last year with big campaigns ready to go but pulled at the last minute due to another lockdown or border closure.
“Where we have had clean air, we have achieved good results. This region has become the most googled in the country after Sydney and Melbourne.
“The way forward is vaccination and I urge everyone to take advantage of the growing number of vaccination clinics to protect against COVID-19 and ensure our community does not enter another lockdown.
“I have no doubts that we can all come together and come back stronger, but we will need continued financial support for destination marketing from all levels of government to regain our air routes and rebuild our relationship with trade in the world. whole world.”
Image: Daintree Discovery Center. Credit: Destination Daintree
June 11, 2015 – A pillar of the tourism industry named president of the TTNQ
September 16, 2013 – TTNQ appoints a professional from the tourism industry as new general manager
July 20, 2013 – TTNQ’s Rob Giason steps down as tourism grows
June 3, 2021 – Tourism Tropical North Queensland welcomes John O’Sullivan to its board of directors
October 23, 2020 – A new leader in tropical tourism in northern Queensland to guide the region’s recovery
July 31, 2019 – Tourism Tropical North Queensland Partnerships Help Chinese Visitors Better Understand Green Island
July 15, 2015 – Tourism Tropical North Queensland launches new Ride Cairns app and makes key appointments
September 30, 2021 – World Heritage listed Daintree National Park returned to traditional owners
July 30, 2020 – Ferry fees waived for Daintree Day tour operators
August 2, 2016 – Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust acquires Daintree Discovery Center
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