Destination Queenstown chairman Mark Quickfall steps down this month after his second stint in the role.
Quickfall says he leaves the regional tourism organisation in good shape after four years this time.
When co-opted onto the board and into the chair in 2009, DQ had just been rocked by the sudden resignation of chief executive Stephen Pahl after only eight months.
Quickfall’s first term as chairman, in 1999/2000, also came after a crisis when a company running the Queenstown Winter Festival went bust.
DQ has stayed on top of its game, despite the global financial crisis, due to a cohesive board and a high-performing team, Quickfall says.
“We’re seeing more and more activity and opportunities as we move out of the recessionary period.”
DQ’s team was delivering on key objectives and has formed strong alliances with major tourism players, he says.
The outlook for tourism is also rosy, he adds: “Australia’s always going to be number one.
“Probably there are a few concerns about its economy but I think there’s some positives – their dollar was so strong they were happy to shoot off to Asia and America whereas I think they might start holidaying more locally and that will help us.
“China just doesn’t seem to be slowing at all, and the middle classes throughout Asia just continue to grow.”
Quickfall – who stands down at DQ’s AGM on September 26 – says he’s busy as a Skyline Enterprises director and on other work but is still happy to help out in any capacity afterwards.
“It’s nice to perhaps have a bit of fresh blood in there.”