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Destination Gold Coast’s Annaliese Battista announces resignation
Destination Gold Coast Chief Executive Annaliese Battista has resigned after two years in the role.
While no reason has been given for her departure, Destination Gold Coast Chairman Paul Donovan said the board “wish her all the best in the future”, advising “we thank Annaliese for all she has done for Destination Gold Coast.
“The organisation will continue to do what it has been doing, to try and get as many people to come to the region and spend more money and stay longer.
“I’m still there as chairman, we have a board that’s the best you could put together and all the staff in place doing what they do.”
The Gold Coast Bulletin has quoted sources saying Battista had upset both the Gold Coast City Council and Queensland Government with her strong advocacy for extra funding.
Destination Gold Coast’s most recent plea for extra funding to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic was knocked back by the City despite Battista giving two presentations.
Commenting on her departure, Battista (pictured) stated “I’m incredibly privileged to have led Destination Gold Coast over the past two years.
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together during this time. It is a fantastic organisation with a strong volunteer Board and a dedicated team of professional staff.
“My decision to resign was in close consultation with the board. I am grateful for their support and guidance.”
Destination Gold Coast will launch a search for a replacement but no timetable has been set yet. Deputies Miles Roper and Carla Anderson will head the marketing body in the interim.
City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate added “I would like to thank Annaliese for her service to our city and wish her the best.
“It’s crucial that recruitment for this vital role commence immediately to ensure no opportunities are lost during this important period.”
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