New President for Tourism Council WA

24 July 2017

Long-time advocate for regional tourism, Chris Pye, has been elected as the new President of Tourism Council WA following the resignation of Manny Papadoulis as President and Director.

Mr Papadoulis and fellow long-time Director Karen Priest (Chief Executive Officer of Mandurah & Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO)) both stepped down from the Board last Friday following their successful appointment as Commissioners of Tourism WA.

Mr Pye owns and operates regional accommodation provider Hospitality Inns, The Terrace Hotel, and other leisure operations. Mr Pye is also the Chair of Australia’s Golden Outback.

Crown Perth Chief Operating Officer – Food, Beverage and Entertainment Andrew Hill was elected as the Board’s Deputy Chair, a position formerly held by Mr Pye.  

The Board passed a unanimous vote of thanks towards Mr Papadoulis and Ms Priest for their dedication to the industry and their contribution during their time on the Board of Tourism Council WA.

Under the stewardship of Mr Papadoulis during his four years as Chair, Tourism Council WA has significantly increased membership and strengthened its role as the voice of tourism. Tourism Council WA has driven red tape reduction, such as liquor regulation reform, significantly increased funding for tourism marketing and events, and raised public awareness of the value of tourism through the Tourism Works campaign.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall thanked Mr Papadoulis and Ms Priest for their service.

“We congratulate both of them on their new appointments as Tourism WA Commissioners, where they will continue to serve the industry in the crucial role of promoting Western Australia as a tourism destination.”

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