The appointment of John Hartigan as Chair of Destination New South Wales will ensure the organisation continues to deliver great outcomes for the state’s visitor economy, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said Mr Hartigan is a tremendous choice for the position.
“John Hartigan brings decades of experience in the business world to the role of chairman which will ensure Destination New South Wales is led in a strategic fashion,” Mr Morrison said.
“His long career in the media has given him an outstanding ability to read public opinion and the public mood – skills which will be invaluable in helping to guide Destination New South Wales (DNSW).
“Mr Hartigan’s insights and acumen will be of enormous value to DNSW as it seeks to double overnight tourism expenditure to $36 billion a year by 2020.
“Attracting more visitors and increasing yield are critical to achieving that target and having a chairman with the commercial nous of John Hartigan will ensure the good work already done by DNSW will continue.
“The organisation has gone from strength to strength under the chairmanship of John Conde AO and CEO Sandra Chipchase, delivering growing domestic and international visitor numbers and expenditure, as well as building an outstanding events calendar.
“The industry thanks John Conde for his contribution, along with that of Acting Chair Russell Balding, and looks forward to working with John Hartigan.
“Tourism is an economic development strategy for Australia, capable of providing job and business opportunities and economic prosperity in the future.
“The appointment of John Hartigan as Chair of Destination New South Wales shows the O’Farrell government understands that potential and wants to make the most of it.”