The Queensland Tourism Industry Council has appointed Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA) CEO, Brett Fraser to succeed outgoing chief executive, Daniel Gschwind.
Announcing the news, QTIC chairman Mr Shane O’Reilly, said after a rigorous recruitment process with over 100 applicants from across Australia, the highly experienced Fraser had been chosen to fill the role.
Mr Fraser has over 25 years’ global experience within the public and private sectors, spanning industries including tourism, international trade and investment, economic development, and mining and resources.
Mr Fraser said that he is excited to join QTIC. After the unprecedented challenges of the last few years, he looks forward to leading the organisation and Queensland’s tourism industry into its new phase of growth
“QTIC has a proven reputation for advocating and advancing the interests of this essential and valuable industry. For more than two decades, the organisation has been at the forefront of delivering exceptional results for tourism and hospitality across Queensland,” Mr Fraser said.
“I look forward to building on QTIC’s excellent reputation and foundational activities to strengthen our industry, serve our members, and ensure the organisation’s continued success well into the future.”
QTIC Chairman Mr O’Reilly said that Mr Fraser’s breadth of experience across numerous sectors, his established business insight and passion for Queensland’s tourism industry positioned him as the perfect candidate to lead the state’s industry moving forward.
“His reputation for excellence and proven track record in delivering quality outcomes in various industries will ensure that he excels at the helm of our state’s tourism industry,” Mr O’Reilly said.
“QTIC is committed to representing the interests of our industry operators and delivering exceptional outcomes for Queensland’s tourism and hospitality sector. Mr Fraser will work with our board and staff to build on QTIC’s collaborative work and to deliver innovative programs and services for our members.
“As we welcome more domestic and international visitors to Queensland, we look forward to reenergising and rebuilding our industry so that it continues to deliver the world-class experiences that visitors have come to expect and love from our state’s destinations.”
Mr Fraser will take up the leadership of the organisation in late April.
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