New TEQ board to support tourism recovery

Four new appointments have been made to the Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) board to help support the recovery of the tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the appointments to the board were of a high calibre. “Queensland’s tourism industry is a vital contributor to the State’s economy and continues to be hit hard by the global pandemic,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The new members of the TEQ board join at a critical time in the recovery and rebuilding of Queensland’s tourism industry. They bring to the TEQ board an accomplished mix of industry leadership, regional knowledge, and media and marketing expertise.”

Joining the TEQ board are Mr Brian Hennessy, Mr Duane Fraser, and Ms Kylie Blucher. The CEO of Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), Mr Paul Martyn, also joins the board as an ex-officio appointment. Existing members Mr Chris Mills, Associate Professor Sarah Kelly OAM, Ms Brenda LaPorte, and Ms Nancy Bamaga will return to the board for second consecutive terms.

Brian Hennessy is an accomplished, Cairns-based marketing professional with over 37 years of experience in the tourism, travel, and aviation industries. Duane Fraser is a Wulgurukaba and Bidjara man, a Traditional Owner of the Great Barrier Reef and south-central Queensland, with extensive skill in advising government on Indigenous and environmental policy.

Kylie Blucher is the Managing Director of Nine Queensland, Northern New South Wales and Northern Territory and has vast radio and television media knowledge.

Mr Hinchliffe said the new panel members would build on the great work already underway. “I want to thank all outgoing members of the TEQ board for their outstanding contribution to Queensland’s tourism industry, particularly during the challenges of the global pandemic,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

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