New big cheese at Queenstown tourism giant

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Ngai Tahu Tourism has appointed a new chief executive.

Quinton Hall will take the reins in July at the tourism giant – which operates Shotover Jet, Dart River Jet and Hollyford Track Guided Walks in Queenstown.

Hall’s chief operating officer at Auckland-based tourism firm Tourism Holding Ltd (THL), where he’s worked for seven years.

Before that, Hall was chief technology officer for NZ Lotteries, promoted from risk and audit manager.

Hall also spent five years with the Department of Internal Affairs as a casino inspector/risk manager, followed by three years with Sydney based GGS, which is state-licensed to test gaming machines.

Ngai Tahu Tourism chairman Ross Keenan says: “We are delighted to have secured Quinton for this pivotal role.

“He brings with him extensive operational experience from the tourism sector and the wider business community, including project management, human resources, asset management, property and information technology experience.

“His wide industry knowledge of distribution systems, with particular expertise in systems development, reflects our current business objectives.”

As chief operating officer in tourism and group support services at THL, Hall has directly responsible for the operation of some of New Zealand’s major tourism attractions.

THL is the largest provider of camper vans across New Zealand, Australia and the USA. It also operates Kiwi Experience and The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

Hall says: “I am looking forward to joining the team at Ngai Tahu Tourism and working with such an exciting portfolio of iconic tourism operations and brands.”

Hall replaces John Thorburn.