Pip Close announced as CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland
Pip Close, who is the current CEO of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, will take on the new role from July 3, bringing with her more than three decades of experience in management and marketing.
Her career in the tourism industry includes general manager of Tourism Fraser Coast, senior marketing and general management roles in several key Australian hotels and resorts, and earlier roles with Captain Cook Cruises, and the Australian Tourism Commission and Northern Territory Tourism Commission in the United Kingdom.
TTNQ chair Max Shepherd said Close has strong experience in the leisure, business and meetings markets.
“Pip’s broad experience in the tourism industry at a regional level and her ability to work with industry and government stakeholders will ensure a smooth transition into the CEO role at TTNQ and a continued strong direction for the region,” he said.
“The growing investment in tourism infrastructure for Tropical North Queensland and the anticipation of direct flights from China present many opportunities for our destination.
“I am pleased we will have someone with proven experience to work with our industry to develop strategies to carry us forward to a prosperous future.”
Close said she is excited to live and work in a beautiful part of the world.
“Tropical North Queensland is such a strong brand that is both innovative and dynamic,” she said.
“Given the challenges of global tourism, I’m really looking forward to working with a great team of people to take Tropical North Queensland to even greater heights.”