Rotorua Mayor, Kevin Winters has replaced the former tourism advisory board with a new tourism committee chaired by former Pacific Blue Airlines CEO, Tony Marks.
Mr. Marks was excited by the diversity, range, passion and talent of the 22 applicants who vied for a position on the committee.
“The calibre of candidates was so impressive that in the end our selection panel agreed to make five committee member appointments rather than the previously proposed complement of four,” said Mr Marks.
Mayor Winters is confident the fresh-faced committee can work alongside the Council to help boost Rotorua’s international and domestic tourism marketing scheme.
“It will mean a strengthened and more effective direct relationship between the visitor sector and the council,” said Mr. Winters.
Mr. Marks pointed out that amongst the appointees there was a common affinity that Maori culture was important in regards to Rotorua’s cultural heritage.
He went on to say that “they [the new appointees] offer a potpourri of excellent local, national and international knowledge, strong industry and council relationships, strategic and marketing skills, and tourism sector experience.”
Mr. Marks was emphatic that Rotorua was at the leading edge of tourism already but was insistent there was room for development.
“[The appointment of the new committee] signals the council’s absolute commitment to an industry sector which holds significant potential for boosting the Rotorua economy” he said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T