Considered one of New Zealand’s most skilled tourism professionals is retiring and a well-known business stalwart is entering into the function in July.
Queenstown’s Southern Discoveries proprietor, Skeggs Group has introduced the retirement of CEO Tim Hunter and is delighted to substantiate the appointment of former GM Gross sales and Advertising, Kerry Walker to the function of CEO.
Kerry has 25 years of tourism expertise, the final four-and-a-half of which have been spent at Southern Discoveries. Within the earlier 15 years, she labored in a variety of senior gross sales and advertising and marketing roles for Ngāi Tahu Tourism.
Throughout her time with Southern Discoveries her gross sales and advertising and marketing abilities have proved invaluable to the corporate, alongside along with her sturdy business networks.
Southern Discoveries has been owned and operated by the Skeggs Group since 2009 and firm director David Skeggs says he welcomes Kerry into her new function.
“It’s unbelievable that now we have been in a position to make an inner appointment and provides Kerry the chance to showcase her distinctive abilities and expertise that may proceed to drive the corporate ahead,” he says.
Tim Hunter retires after seven years spent as Southern Discoveries’ CEO following in depth expertise within the New Zealand aviation, coach transport and vacation spot advertising and marketing sectors.
These roles have included working as a industrial pilot within the Southern Lakes space, holding airline planning roles with Air New Zealand, and dealing in quite a few senior normal administration roles, together with GM Advertising with The Mount Cook dinner Group in the course of the Nineteen Nineties.
Tim broadened his worldwide market expertise with Tourism New Zealand as Regional Supervisor for Americas & Europe and Basic Supervisor Operations, and in 2010 grew to become Chief Government of Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism (CCT).
“Tim has performed an excellent job of working the enterprise throughout his tenure particularly throughout some very difficult instances throughout Covid,” says David Skeggs.
“He can be the primary to say he couldn’t have performed it with out the assist of all his staff and I’m positive he shall be missed by all.”
Kerry says Southern Discoveries is an business chief that delivers distinctive nature experiences on this “distinctive” a part of New Zealand.
“I’ve at all times labored inside companies that exhibit the easiest of New Zealand’s surroundings, journey and hospitality, and align with my values of preservation and social sustainability.
“Southern Discoveries suits that invoice completely.” Kerry takes up her new function on July 17.