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New Chief Executive for Ecotourism Australia

New Chief Executive for Ecotourism Australia
February 4, 2013

Ecotourism Australia has appointed Rod Hillman as its new Chief Executive.

Explaining the appointment, Ecotourism Australia Chair Cameron Kerr stated "Rod Hillman brings a great depth of experience across industry and government to the organisation and the ecotourism industry.

"Rod is a pioneer of the adventure and ecotourism industry in this country. He has seen the industry from all sides and played an important part in the development of ecotourism, from its formative years through to the substantial industry it is today."

Rod Hillman began his career with Top Deck Travel in the 1980s, leading tours throughout Asia and Europe, then with his own company Therion Adventures in Africa. He later headed the tours division and interpretive ranger program at the award winning eco-resort, Kingfisher Bay Resort, before taking up the role of General Manager Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk another multi award winning eco attraction.

More recently Rod was the Chief Executive of the Kokoda Track Authority, rebuilding the organisation using local staff and setting it up for long term sustainability.

Speaking after the announcement of his appointment, Hilman stated "I look forward to working with the ecotourism operators, members and the Board, to continue the Australian ecotourism industry's leadership in bringing sustainable high quality and engaging experiences to visitors.

"I'm proud to be joining Ecotourism Australia who for the past 22 years has led the way in improving the quality of tourism through certification, marketing, training and in providing a strong industry voice in policy making and advocacy."

Kerr also thanked outgoing Chief Executive Kym Cheatham, who oversaw strong growth in certification and new product development during a difficult economic climate for the tourism industry, adding "we wish her well with her PhD as she continues her contribution to the ecotourism industry."



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