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The Morrison Government has today announced two new appointments and three reappointments to the Tourism Australia Board, to lead the organisation in its major role in tourism recovery by encouraging Australians to see their own backyard and when the time is right, showing the world there is still nothing like Australia. Harvey Norman Chief Executive Officer, Katie Page, and co-founder and proprietor of The Landsmith Collection, Alexandra Burt, have both been appointed for three-year terms. Tourism Australia Chair, Bob East, has also been reappointed to the position, while Board member Jeffrey Ellison has been appointed Deputy Chair. Board member Bradley Woods has also been reappointed for another term.

Tourism New Zealand boss Stephen England-Hall has quit to take the top job at Queenstown’s Wayfare group of tourism businesses. England-Hall said his move reflected confidence in an industry he was bullish about but one that faced big challenges. He said it was a case of jumping ”from a frying pan into a bigger frying pan on the front line” and he looked forward to bringing new blood to Wayfare within an industry that would change, even when borders re-open. ”There is no going back to what was there before, only what we can build tomorrow. It’s not how to get back to what it was,” he said.

A s.158(1) RO Act – Rules of organisations application from the Motor Inn, Motel and Accommodation Association has been allowed by Deputy President Saunders in Newcastle on 27 October 2020.

Cabra-Vale Ex-Active Servicemen’s Club Ltd t/a Campbelltown RSL is facing a s.394 (application for unfair dismissal remedy) in front of Commissioner Riordan by telephone in Sydney (Fisher).

Crown Resorts Melbourne has a s.394 (application for unfair dismissal remedy) to defend before Commissioner Cirkovic in chambers in Melbourne (Dole).

Tourism Fiji CEO Matt Stoeckel will swap one idyllic destination for another at the end of the year, following his appointment as the new CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC). Stoeckel, who announced his resignation from Tourism Fiji just last week, will commence his new role at VSC at the beginning of 2021. He will take over from Craig Davidson, who has been interim CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast since June 2020, following the resignation of Simon Latchford.

Cairns tourism and hospitality professional Fiona Nicholl has put the Far North on the global stage, all through the power of friendship. The managing director of Gateway Media Group was recently elected vice president of Skal International, a global network of clubs that began in 1932 in Paris and is now made up of 13,531 members in 342 clubs across 102 countries. Skal had its origins in Scandinavia and means, fittingly, “cheers”. Now more than 13,000 global tourism professionals will have their eye on the Far North. “There are potentially 13,500 people out there who had never heard of Cairns,” Ms Nicholl said.

Virgin Australia has a s.394 (application for unfair dismissal remedy) with which it must deal before Deputy President Clancy (via Microsoft Teams) in Melbourne (De Vuono).