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24 May 2010
Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett today announced the appointment of Mr John King as the new tourism representative on the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Board of Management.
“I am very pleased that Mr King has agreed to serve on the Uluru Board, ” Mr Garrett said.
"Mr King brings extensive expertise in tourism marketing and management at a time when the Board is keen to build quality new visitor experiences at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
“Mr King has a long commitment to the development of Indigenous tourism. His distinguished career over 35 years in Australia and overseas includes groundbreaking work on Kakadu National Park’s Shared Tourism Vision and with Indigenous Business Australia.”
Mr King has served as a senior executive in the Australian Tourism Commission directing its operations in the South Pacific, the Americas and Europe including strategic management of the much acclaimed Paul Hogan marketing campaign in the US.
Since 1995, as Managing Director of Global Tourism & Leisure, Mr King has undertaken a wide range of tourism projects such as the Bali Tourism Recovery Strategies.
He has served on numerous boards and is currently chair of the Australian Tourism Export Council, representing the $24 billion tourism export sector.
“Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is embarking on an exiting new tourism era, with a new management plan offering great opportunities for fresh activities and Indigenous partnerships,” Mr Garrett said.
“I have every confidence that Mr King will strengthen the Board’s capacity to build strong relationships between the Indigenous, conservation and tourism sectors across the entire Red Centre National Landscape."
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Board of Management oversees the joint management of the park with its traditional owners. The majority of the Board members represent the park’s traditional owners. The tourism representative is nominated by the Australian Government Minister for Tourism.
For more information on Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park see http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/uluru/index.html