Former Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia CEO Grant Hunt AM will this week begin a new role as Chairman of Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) as the state ramps up a comprehensive promotional strategy in the lead-up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.
Hunt was recognised in 2020 for his decades of service to the tourism sector with a Member of the Order of Australia and is a well-known and widely respected industry leader and staunch advocate of Indigenous and nature-based tourism.
Queensland marks the third Australian state and territory to benefit from Hunt’s stewardship, with both Tasmania and Northern Territory previously enjoying his expertise. Hunt is also on the Boards of the G’day Group and Discovery Parks and has previously been a Chairman of Tourism Australia and industry think-tank, the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse.
Hunt, appointed to the role by Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, replaces Virgin Australia (then Virgin Blue) Co-Founder, Brett Godfrey, who has led the TEQ Board since 2017.
“Grant Hunt joins the TEQ board to drive once-in-a-generation opportunities for Queensland tourism operators ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Minister Hinchliffe said.
“With expertise in First Nations and nature-based visitor experiences, Grant is well-credentialled to back Queensland to shine with an $11 billion international visitor economy by 2032.”
Hunt’s appointment was welcomed by TEQ Chief Executive, Patricia O’Callaghan
“Myself and the team at TEQ are excited to have someone of Mr Hunt’s calibre join as Chair and we look forward to learning from his guidance and leadership in coming years,” O’Callaghan said.
“Our recently released TEQ Blueprint outlines our strategic approach through to 2032 and I’m excited to execute that with Mr Hunt’s guidance as we work to take the state’s visitor economy to new heights.
Speaking of his new appointment, Hunt said he was aware how important the coming years will be to Queensland as the build towards the 2032 Olympics progresses.
“There is a real sense of optimism in the industry, and I’m determined that TEQ capitalises on that through innovative marketing campaigns and a calendar of world-class events which will bring even more visitors to our beautiful state,” Hunt said.
“What Queensland has can be found nowhere else on earth – whether it be the Great Barrier Reef and our ancient rainforests, to the vast Outback, to our pristine national parks and two of the world’s oldest living cultures.
“This is exactly what travellers across Australia and the world are demanding right now, which means we are perfectly placed to capitalise on this decade of opportunity.”
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