Chris Flynn, president and CEO at The World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage and former regional director Pacific for PATA, and Karen Priest, principal of Smart Tourism, a Perth-based tourism consulting firm, join Tourism Talent as Australian directors. Flynn will be familiar to many as he’s been a regular speaker at tourism conferences throughout New Zealand. Priest has 30 years’ experience in the private and public sector and currently serves on the board of Tourism Western Australia.
Tourism Talent New Zealand’s managing director Dylan Rushbrook says Australia is a natural next step. ‘A number of our international clients have asked when we would move into the Australian market as they have similar talent issues to that of New Zealand. We also realise that the right talent doesn’t always live in New Zealand, so expanding into Australia opens up our talent pool, and creates opportunities for professionals to move between the two markets through our services.’ Tourism Talent has also launched a new website this week. The website was developed by Auckland-based Maverick Digital. www.tourism-talent.com