Structural changes at TQ

The Queensland budget is forcing Tourism Queensland to reduce staffing levels. In a statement released this week, TQ chairman Stephen Gregg says, “Tourism Queensland, like other parts of the Queensland government, was asked to find cost savings from within its business.

“The decision was regrettably made that several roles within Tourism Queensland were no longer required. These incorporated positions at all levels of the organisation and included the executive director international and executive director business planning and performance. The role of CEO is also currently vacant and the recruitment process to fill this position is underway.

“Over the next two months the Tourism Queensland board and staff will be working towards a fresh direction for the organisation focusing on a new partnership model with regional tourism organisations, major partners and industry as a whole. If we are to achieve our 2020 growth targets we will all need to work smarter and more cooperatively and these are the first crucial steps in this endeavour.

“While I can’t outline any further detail about this new direction at this time, I can tell you that Tourism Queensland’s day-to-day activities will continue under the guidance of acting CEO Leanne Coddington and a core leadership team. We have also established some interim reporting lines, including: executive director of marketing, Steve McRoberts will take over executive responsibility for Tourism Queensland’s international operations; director of inbound, Ross Gregory will look after our eastern hemisphere markets; and director of international operations, Andrew Sinclair will look after our western hemisphere markets. Other areas within Tourism Queensland remain largely unchanged at this stage.”

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