Record visitor numbers, a returning Chairman, two new Board Directors and a vision for the Gippsland visitor economy were the highlights of Destination Gippsland’s Annual General meeting held in Wonthaggi on Thursday.
Sue Smethurst was unanimously re-elected as Chairman and welcomed two new Directors to the Board. Neil Travers, owner of Waratah Hills Winery near Fish Creek and Nick Murray, the former CEO of Gippsland Ports were both appointed by the Gippsland Local Government Network member Councils.
They will be joining Sue and Destination Gippsland’s other appointed Board Directors Richard Longmore, Cam Johns, Michelle Dickson, Nicola Pero, Damien Gannon and Paul Ashton. Leigh Kennedy (Regional Development Victoria), Tim Tamlin (Gippsland Local Government Network), Will McCutcheon (Parks Victoria), Paul Matthews (Visit Victoria) and Kylie Johnson (Finance) also contribute to the Board as Observers.
After a strong year for the industry we look ahead to 2019 with confidence. We will be launching our 10-year Gippsland Destination Management Plan, a new brand campaign and a new consumer website. We remain focused on Gippsland continuing to be a leading destination in Australia.