Pip Close, currently CEO of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, has been appointed to lead Tropical North Queensland through a strong growth phase.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) chair Max Shepherd said Close would take on the role of TTNQ CEO on 3 July.
Her 30-year career in the tourism industry includes general manager of Tourism Fraser Coast, senior marketing and general management roles in several key Australian hotels and resorts, and earlier roles with Captain Cook Cruises, and the Australian Tourism Commission and Northern Territory Tourism Commission in the United Kingdom.
Close has strong experience in the leisure, business and meetings markets and has held board roles in both the meetings industry and regional development in Western Australia.
“Pip’s broad experience in the tourism industry at a regional level and her ability to work with industry and government stakeholders will ensure a smooth transition into the CEO role at TTNQ and a continued strong direction for the region,” Shepherd said.
“The growing investment in tourism infrastructure for Tropical North Queensland and the anticipation of direct flights from China present many opportunities for our destination.
“I am pleased we will have someone with proven experience to work with our industry to develop strategies to carry us forward to a prosperous future.”