Annaliese Battista to relocate from Perth to Gold Coast for new role
Battista comes from the City of Perth where she has led the Directorate responsible for the City’s economic development and activation. She replaces Martin Winter who is stepping down after 10 years in the role.
“Martin Winter for 10 years has led the strategies and plans in marketing of the city domestically and internationally. Battista will build on the current strong position of Gold Coast Tourism and the City of Gold Coast, through a fresh approach with innovative and creative plans,” said Paul Donovan, chairman of Gold Coast Tourism.
“The enthusiasm and passion for the role, proven deliverables in her current role, executive leadership skills and an understanding of the drivers of our city, were key factors in the appointment of Battista.”
Battista says the Gold Coast has the best Australia can offer for local, domestic and international visitors.
“Through the activation of the city we can optimise the contribution of visitors to the economic, social and cultural return on investment,” she said. “Just as important to me is that I will be able to call Gold Coast my home. I had no trouble in convincing my husband, who works in marketing internationally, to relocate to the Gold Coast.”
Battista starts role on August 6. There are several projects Winter is likely to continue with in an executive role on several projects after she begins.