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New Chairman To Drive ATDW’s Future!

August 19, 2015 Appointments No Comments Print Print Email Email

Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) and our owners, all the State and Territory government tourism organisations, are very pleased to announce theappointment of Grant Hunt, as our new Chairman of the Board.

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“This new appointment of an independent Chairman, reflects our owners’ desire to continue reviewing ATDW’s achievements and strengths, how it benefits the industry and how it can provide the best possible services in the future,” said Mark Williams, CEO of ATDW.

“The ATDW Board is aiming to ensure ATDW remains relevant in the face of rapid changes and is equipped to support the industry’s efforts to grow their businesses, now and into the future.  The ATDW model is world leading in the tourism industry, but we know that we can never stand still. We are going through exciting times with the development of our new state of the art technology platform which is in the process of being built. Operating on one centralised database, this platform will enhance the online marketing capacity of Australian tourism businesses and reduce costs for development and maintenance over time.  This is a great time for Grant to join the Board ,” continued Williams.

Hunt has an impressive resume with over 20 years experience in travel, tourism, hospitality and conservation, having held senior leadership roles in numerous commercial and tourism organisations in Australia.  Notably, he was the creator and driving force behind two of Australia’s leading nature based tourism and travel brands – Voyages Hotels and Resorts (1996 to 2006) and Anthology, the travellers collection (2007 to 2015).  Hunt is also an experienced board director and Chairman with strong governance and risk management skills.  He has sat on a number of Industry, Government and Corporate Boards, including Tourism Australia, Tourism Tasmania and Tourism Northern Territory.

Most recently Hunt served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s iconic Sites Taskforce which has been instrumental in shaping and informing current heritage, cultural policy and programming.

“We are very pleased to welcome Grant on board and are delighted with the valuable commercial and industry perspectives that he is well positioned to contribute to our forward strategy,” Williams added.

The directors who will support Hunt include:
• John Fitzgerald, CEO, Tourism Tasmania
• Tony Mayell, CEO, Tourism NT
• Stephanie Buckland, CEO,Tourism WA
The board is also in process of appointing two additional directors which will be announced in the next few weeks.

“We would like to recognise and thank our outgoing Chairman, Paul Scurrah, who has provided quality leadership and advice throughout his two year tenure and under whose direction ATDW has achieved excellent outcomes,” said Williams.

Lastly, we want to take this opportunity to thank the industry for their continued support and we look forward to continuing to provide a valuable service that assists the tourism industry to grow.,” concluded Williams.

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