Julie White has been announced as CEO of leading industry body Hospitality New Zealand.
The appointment follows her interim appointment to the role since September, before which she was Hospitality NZ’s chief operating officer for 18 months.
White has more than 20 years’ experience in hospitality and tourism and has been vociferous in her advocacy on industry issues, from OTA practices to Airbnb, since joining the organisation.
She is a respected figure in both the New Zealand and Australian industries and an adviser to government and policy teams on tourism and hospitality.
“It is a great honour to represent New Zealand’s peak hospitality body,” she said of her new role.
“I feel privileged and proud to lead the voice of hospitality and advocate on behalf of our members and New Zealand’s leading industry.”
Under Ms White’s stewardship, the organisation was among the lead voices which successfully lobbied the Productivity Commission to change its position on the proposed accommodation levy.
She says an urgent ongoing priority for the association is ensuring governments remain pro-hospitality and tourism, whatever their political persuasion.
“’By industry, for industry’ is the main focus for Hospitality NZ for 2020,” she said.
“We are determined to keep dialogue between local and central government on point, to achieve a ‘fit for purpose’ industry; one where collaboration achieves greater common-sense business practices, efficiencies and a fair playing field for our members.
“We will be seeking greater support for small businesses through the easing of labour force supply and temporary work visas that are again ‘fit for purpose’.
“We’re also keeping our focus on the duty and responsibility of government to regulate the currently unregulated short-term accommodation sector.”
White says she will work with the Hospitality NZ Board to drive the organisation forward and deliver “solid value” for members.
“It is always our privilege to support and represent the industry, in its unwavering commitment to deliver world-class, Aotearoa-inspired hospitality to our own people and global friends,” she said.