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Jane brings with her a wealth of tourism and destination marketing experience across Australia and New Zealand, as well as experience in strategy development and relationship management with key stakeholders across the industry. Jane has also been involved in tourism business development and developing the marketing and communications strategy and capability for these businesses.
"The number and quality of candidates that put themselves forward for the position was very high, which reflects well on the attractiveness of the destination and state of tourism in the district. It is very pleasing to make an appointment of this caliber to the vital General Manager role," says Ray.
Jane has a long-standing connection with the Taupo district and is well placed to contribute a tourism perspective to the range of destination management issues that are likely to face the industry and district in the coming years.
“Today’s visitors are looking for experiential holidays and the Taupo region offers an abundance of hands-on authentic Kiwi experiences that reflect our unique culture, history, region and people. We live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet which certainly makes our job a lot easier.
“I feel excited and privileged to have the opportunity to work with the DGLT Board, the team, our industry stakeholders and the community to not only grow visitation but continue to drive our long-term strategy around what the Taupo region will look like as a tourism destination in the next 10-15 years” says Jane.
Jane will take up her role at Destination Great Lake Taupo on 18 March 2019.
The Destination Great Lake Taupō board provides governance and support to management. As a stand alone legal entity, the board has significant autonomy and responsibility to make decisions that deliver better outcomes for the Taupo region's visitor industry and community.