Tourism Tasmania operates under the Tourism Tasmania Act 1996 and is governed by an eight-member Board appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister.
John Fitzgerald is CEO of Tourism Tasmania. He has had an extensive career in senior executive management positions in the tourism industry in Australia, having held positions at national, State/Territory and regional levels. Previous to his appointment, John held the position of CEO at Tourism NT and was responsible for all aspects of the agency's strategy and operations.
Previous to this, John held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC), where he managed the successful completion of the seven- year STCRC program, influencing program design and implementation to ensure sector relevance. In this position John also led the development of a comprehensive online portal to disseminate information on sustainable tourism -Sustainable Tourism Online. Before then, John was CEO at Tourism Sunshine Coast, one of Queenslands major regional tourism organisations.
John has held numerous board, committee memberships and Directorships including with the NT Major Events Company, the Darwin Waterfront Corporation, the NT Aviation Committee, the Indigenous Tourism Working Group and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and is married with two children.
Kimberly Seagram is co-owner and co-developer of the award-winning Stillwater River Café, Restaurant and Wine Bar in Launceston and Black Cow Bistro. Prior to Stillwater, Kim and her husband owned and operated Lalla Gully Vineyard and Ripples Café in the Pipers River region of north-east Tasmania.
In 1997, Kim was elected to the Vineyards Association of Tasmania Committee of Management and she continues a high level of involvement with the wine industry, where she has made a significant contribution to strategy and marketing development. Prior to living in Tasmania, Kim held a number of positions in the Canadian tourism industry in operations, sales and promotion.
Simon Currant is a leading tourism developer and operator. He has developed iconic Tasmanian destinations, including Cradle Mountain Lodge, Strahan Village, Franklin Manor, Peppermint Bay and Hobart Cruises, and is currently developing the unique World Heritage Area site of Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair in Tasmanias central highlands.
Simon also runs a tourism consultancy specialising in remote and natural area tourism, consulting both nationally and internationally on tourism planning, infrastructure and experience development. Simons developments have won 11 state and nine national tourism awards. He has also won national and state Best Small Business Awards, a Churchill Fellowship, was state winner and national finalist in the 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year, and was the 2004 Tasmanian of the Year. In 2006 Simon was honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia Award, for services to the tourism industry.
In February 2013 Simon was awarded the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Australian Tourism Industry. Simon is Chairman of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, is a board member of Tourism Tasmania, and was a board member of TT-Line for 14 years. Under the Federal National Long Term Tourism Strategy, he is Chairman of the Tourism Quality Council of Australia.
Brett Torossi is a respected Tasmanian property developer and business woman. Bretts major tourism project is Avalon Coastal Retreat on Tasmanias east coast. Avalon was awarded the prestigious James Blackburn Triennial Award for excellence in architecture and recognised as Tasmanias best New Tourism Development in 2006, Tasmanias best Deluxe Accommodation in 2007 and 2009 and Australias best Deluxe Accommodation at the recent National Tourism Awards.
Other projects include the completion of Rocky Hills Retreat on 124 hectares in a dramatic setting above Great Oyster Bay and refurbishing a commercial office building in the Hobart CBD. Her current major development project is 'The Green', an innovative and sustainable development that will be home to around 500 families in the northern suburbs of Launceston. The Green was recognised with an Excellence in Urban Planning Award from the Planning Institute of Australia and a Chairmans Award for Excellence in Urban Planning from the Institute's Tasmanian Chapter.
Brett is the founder, owner and Managing Director of New Ground Network. Her board appointments include Wallis Watson Capital Ltd - an unlisted property development company based in Victoria; the Tasmanian Development Board and the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation. Brett is completing her Masters Degree in Sustainability Studies.
Brett is currently the Chair of Tourism Tasmania's Audit Finance and Risk Committee.
Dallas Newton is the owner and Managing Director of APT Day Tours in Sydney and Melbourne, a business he acquired from APT owner and founder, Geoff McGeary in 2006. Prior to that, Dallas was the Director of Sales and Marketing with APT Pacific Touring between 2001 and 2006.
Dallas cut his teeth in the coach touring business, commencing as a trainee accountant with APT Touring in 1980 before moving to rival AAT Kings in 1984 where he eventually became Managing Director. AAT Kings is a company with an annual turnover of $35 million and over 200 employees. It was during his years at the head of AAT Kings that Dallas developed a strong reputation for innovation and leadership in the traditional distribution space, forging strong and lasting relationships with international travel wholesalers and Inbound Operators from all parts for the world.
Dallas holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from RMIT. He has held positions on the Tourism Australia, Western Hemisphere Market Advisory Board; Tourism Australia, Indian Market Advisory Board (2011); and Victoria University Program Advisory Committee Marketing Faculty.
Dallas is currently a member of Tourism Tasmania's Audit Finance and Risk Committee.