Mantra’s Chief Executive, Bob East, has been appointed as Chairperson to the Tourism and Events Queensland Board.
Announced this week by Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones, Mr East brings some 20 years tourism experience to the group.
Minister Jones credited Mr East for the strengthening of the Mantra brand in Australasia.
In addition to his currently role with Mantra, Mr East has served as a Board Member of the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Limited, Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), Gold Coast Football Club (AFL) and is also Chair of the Tourism and Transport Forum’s Accommodation Sector Panel (TTF).
“Mr East is well respected and highly regarded within the tourism sector.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones
Ms Jones said she had acted on advice from TEQ Board members and industry stakeholders to reduce the size of its membership from 14 to nine.
The smaller Board will oversee high-level strategies designed to draw growth in marketing and events as well as aviation access and creating jobs.
Mr East said it was a privilege to be appointed to the position and he looked forward to working with fellow Directors, the TEQ team and industry stakeholders to support growth in tourism and events in Queensland.
“Queensland has a competitive advantage in the diversity of destinations and experiences on offer, natural assets like the Great Barrier Reef and our proximity to Asian growth markets.”
Bob East, Tourism Events and Queensland Board Chairperson
“There is a sense of optimism and confidence around the industry and we are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities ahead. Our ultimate aim is to get visitors to stay longer, spend more and come back again.”
Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to growing Queensland’s $23 billion tourism sector and the more than 200,000 jobs it supports.
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