Sharing tourism profit pie

11-07-2018 by admin

Tourism industry leader, Clint Walker has been appointed as the vice chairman of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania (TICT), and for the first time will be one of two vice chairman, ensuring equal representation around the state.

“Clint’s contribution to the industry has been significant and this is a great step to elevate his input to a state level,” Cradle Coast Authority regional tourism manager Ian Waller said.

ON THE JOB: Mr Walker’s appointment as vice chairman of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania is a part of a plan to ensure the board’s focus remains state wide.

“He has always been close to the industry as an operator of two accommodation properties in Stanley and Burnie.”

Mr Walker served as President of the Circular Head Tourism Association for four years, a member of the Cradle Coast Tourism Executive for two years and has served on theTourism Industry Council Tasmania board for six years.

“He understands the challenges and he knows what visitors want to experience –he will be a great advocate for the North-West,” Mr Waller said.

Cradle Coast Authority chief executive officer Brett Smith reiterated support for Mr Walker in his new role and said that he has been recognised as a well respected industry leader in the region.

Mr Walker said that one of the biggest challenges for the tourism industry is in determining “the shape” of visitors to the state in terms of where they come from, where they go and what they spend.

“We are quite confident that we will be seeing a significant increase in visitors and reach our strategic goal of 1.5 million visitors by 2020, but determining the shape of that 1.5 million is what we need to turn our attention to,” he said.

Mr Walker said that industry leaders in Hobart are very cognizantof the challenge of spreading the good fortune, so regional tourist operators are not in isolation in their plight to capture business.

“By having directors and representatives from around the regions that will hopefully strengthen the collaboration so we can strategically ensure some of these 1.5 million visitors get to all parts of the state,” he said.

Appointed for his fourth two year term on the TICT, Mr Walkersaid the duration of his position as deputy chairman is at ‘no fixed term’ and will depend on the discretion of the board.

TheTICT board meet eight times a year around the state to help guide the industry.

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