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21 June, 2022

Recruiting for a new tourism leader

TOURISM and Events Queensland (TEQ) has begun searching for its next Chief Executive Officer.

Tourism and Events Queensland current CEO Leanne Coddington

The recruitment search follows a decision by current CEO Leanne Coddington to step down late this year after leading TEQ for nine years.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk thanked Ms Coddington for her contribution to Queensland’s tourism industry. 

“Leanne Coddington has skilfully supported Queensland tourism operators through the once-in-a-lifetime challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Premier said. 

“As CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland, Ms Coddington has overseen many innovative marketing campaigns to champion Queensland holiday destinations to Australia and the world. 

“Ms Coddington’s decision follows the remarkable domestic recovery of Queensland tourism and the industry’s relaunch in key global markets.” 

An extensive search for a new CEO at TEQ began this week after Leanne Coddington recently informed Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe of her decision to finish up at the end of 2022. 

Mr Hinchliffe said Ms Coddington had worked with Tourism and Events Queensland for over 25 years. 

“Leanne will leave a wonderful legacy not only within Tourism and Events Queensland but also the wider Australian tourism industry,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

“I admire Ms Coddington’s enthusiasm, expertise and the many first-class tourism industry relationships she has built in Queensland, Australia and globally. 

“Mr Coddington is the driving force behind our It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar that will this year alone deliver more than a half-a-billion dollars to the State’s visitor economies. 

“The inspirational images of Queensland visitor experiences and destinations you’ve seen on TV and social media are the work of a terrific team at TEQ, led by Leanne Coddington. 

“Ms Coddington has successfully guided TEQ through some of toughest conditions ever faced by the industry, which is now emerging for the pandemic stronger than ever.

“Through it all, Leanne has ensured everybody knows there’s no better holiday destination in the world than Queensland. 

“Leanne’s successor will have big shoes to fill.”

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