Andrew McEvoy to bring significant tourism experience to new role
McEvoy has held numerous senior management and director roles as part of his 25 year stint in the tourism industry, including at the Melbourne Convention Bureau, Tourism Victoria and the South Australian Tourism Commission, and is a former Managing Director of Tourism Australia.
He is also experienced in the media, most recently as the managing director of Life, Media and Events at Fairfax. He is currently the Chairman of the Sealink Travel Group and sits on the Boards of Ingenia, and the Lux Group, owner of Luxury Escapes.
Tourism & Transport Forum CEO Margy Osmond said McEvoy is a real asset to the tourism industry.
“Mr McEvoy has a solid record of achievement in the tourism industry and will bring excellent skills and experience to the job,” Osmond said. “His longstanding commitment to tourism means he will provide strong leadership to the industry more broadly.
“Having worked at state and national destination marketing agencies, Andrew has a sound understanding of the issues facing the sector, and how the approach to dealing with these issues needs to be innovative and adaptable across the country.”
McEvoy said he saw significant short term challenges for the industry after almost a decade of growth.
“I am motivated to Chair the organisation to ensure Governments of all persuasions genuinely value and support this growth sector,” he said. “I get a sense there has been some complacency given Australia’s strong performance. Now is the time for the industry to get behind TTF and other peak organisations to form a common platform for future growth.”
McEvoy replaces outgoing Chair Katie Lahey, who held the role for four years.