New CEO for Tourism and Events Queensland announced
Wednesday January 7th 2014
Former Executive and Acting CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland Leanne Coddington was today announced as CEO of the tourism body.
Making the announcement, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said Ms Coddington brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of delivery to the role.
“Ms Coddington has played an important part in the reinvigoration of the tourism industry that suffered years of neglect under the Labor Government,” Ms Stuckey said.
“Leanne has worked hard to engage regional tourism organisations in a bid to assist in achieving this Government's 2020 targets.
“Having worked closely with her as an Executive and as Acting CEO of TEQ, I have every confidence she will maintain the momentum and continual drive for change which has seen confidence and growth return throughout Queensland’s tourism sector.”
Ms Coddington said she looked forward to continuing TEQ’s strong partnership focus to further grow tourism and events in Queensland’s destinations.
“We recognise the need to be agile and responsive, to make the most of emerging growth opportunities, and work closely with industry stakeholders to ensure Queensland is in the best position to achieve the industry’s 2020 growth target,” Ms Coddington said.
“We have a clear vision and strong plan for the future that puts destinations at the heart of everything we do.
“With a strategic approach including a new destination tourism planning framework, investment in major events, strong destination marketing campaigns and an increased focus on commercial partnerships, TEQ is well placed to support our thriving industry into the future.”
Tourism and Events Queensland Chairman Stephen Gregg welcomed Ms Coddington to the role.
“The Board welcome the appointment and are excited about working with Leanne to implement the DestinationQ strategy to create new opportunities into the future,” Mr Gregg said.
“TEQ will continue to drive the Government’s goal of increasing annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.