Graham Budd, CEO of Destination Queenstown, has been elected incoming chair of Regional Tourism Oganisations New Zealand (RTONZ), taking over from David Perks who is remaining as a North Island trustee.
Mr Budd has held the position of CEO of Destination Queenstown for four years, having joined as the general manager marketing in 2007, after a 25 year corporate career in a variety of businesses. This included the oil industry, fast moving consumer goods, publishing and agriculture.
A RTONZ statement says: ‘He has been an active RTONZ Trustee since 2011, with a strong belief in the critical role RTOs play in the New Zealand tourism landscape.
‘Mr Budd has a strong understanding of the wide scope of RTO ownership, the critical role local government has in supporting regional tourism and the significant changes and opportunities regional tourism organisations face going forward,’ the statement said.
“While representing one of New Zealand’s larger tourism regions I am very mindful that I represent all RTOs equally and fairly at all levels,” said Mr Budd.
“Having strong senior industry and government relationships I believe will allow me to lead the organisation effectively and continue the excellent leadership that David Perks has demonstrated over the last six years.”
RTONZ says Mr Budd has extensive experience in tourism ventures, including;
• Ski Tourism Marketing Network
• Downtown Queenstown Board
• Study Queenstown Board
• Southern Lakes International Marketing Alliance
• Chair Queenstown Winter Festival Advisory Board
He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.