New tourism boss for Ngai Tahu

Last updated 05:00 10/04/2014

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Ngai Tahu Tourism has appointed an experienced tourism executive to lead the company.

Ngai Tahu Tourism chairman Ross Keenan announced the appointment of Quinton Hall as the new chief executive. He will take up the job in July.

"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", Keenan said.

Hall is replacing John Thorburn who led the company for eight years and is moving to head bus company Intercity.

Ngai Tahu Tourism forms about 9 per cent of Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation.

It's one of the group's main businesses along with the much larger property business, seafood and investments.

"His wide industry knowledge of distribution systems, with particular expertise in systems development, reflects our current business objectives," Keenan said.

He said two months ago with a new chief executive the company would look to have "a significant presence in all the major tourism spots around New Zealand", and was looking at the possibility of investing in hot pools in Queenstown.

Hall is the chief operating officer, tourism and group support services, at Tourism Holdings, with responsibility for the operation of some of New Zealand's major tourism attractions.

"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," he said.

He was not prepared to talk yesterday about the challenges of the new job but said he would once he had taken up the position.

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