Tourism Queensland’s new face on the Gold Coast is returning to her childhood roots, Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes said today.
Ms Mourgelas replaces former Gold Coast and Hinterland Zone Director Denise Deveney, who is Tourism Queensland’s new Director Business Attraction.
Mr Hayes said former Tourism Australia trade development manager Mary Mourgelas would be charged with developing tourism opportunities for the region and had hit the ground running since starting in the role earlier this month.
"Ms Mourgelas is Tourism Queensland’s newly-appointed Director for the Gold Coast and Hinterland Zone," Mr Hayes said.
"She’s had a busy start to the job, meeting with key industry contacts on the Gold Coast and learning more about the current state of the local industry.
“Already she has met with a number of major Gold Coast tourism stakeholders, including Gold Coast Tourism, Gold Coast City Council and key operators such as Gold Coast Airport, Q-Deck, Dreamworld and Sofitel.
“She also attended the launch of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s new surf safety video at Currumbin recently, which was a significant event for tourism on the Gold Coast.”
Mr Hayes said Ms Mourgelas had over 14 years’ experience in the tourism industry, both in Australia and in the UK, and had also lived on the Gold Coast as a child.
“Ms Mourgelas has a solid background in international distribution and spent a number of years working for Tourism Australia in the UK, servicing the Irish and Nordic markets,” he said.
“She also has strong development and operational management experience in both Sydney and London through her work with international travel group, The Travel Corporation.
“She has also worked for Townsville Enterprise and, most recently, gained experience in the Queensland tourism sector in a senior management role with Cruise Whitsundays.
“I’m very pleased to welcome her to this role.”
Ms Mourgelas said she was enjoying reacquainting herself with the region and was already feeling at home on the Coast.
"It’s been a great start to the role, getting to know many of my tourism colleagues and understanding more about what’s important to the industry here on the Coast," she said.
"The Gold Coast tourism industry is passionate and enthusiastic and everyone has been very welcoming, so the Gold Coast has certainly lived up to its friendly reputation!
“I lived on the Gold Coast for two years as a child and also visited the region for annual family holidays, so I’m really excited to be back here now in this role.”
Source = Tourism Queensland