As a result of the Strategic Tourism Asset Protection Fund, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has funded two new positions at DWC.

Destination Development Manager – Patrick Dault.

Patrick joined DWC on Monday 12 October bringing with him a wealth of both commercial and tourism experience.

This position will consider long-term sustainability, visitor demands and a coordinated management of all elements that make up a destination, these include placing a priority on social license, sustainability and carbon impacts, the provision of visitor infrastructure, attracting and managing investment into attractions, amenities, access, marketing and pricing.

MICE (Meetings Incentives, Conferences and Events) Executive – Louise Woodburn.

Louise joined DWC just over a month ago and has been out and about meeting businesses and operators on the Coast and promoting the opportunities that we have here to various Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) around New Zealand.

She is working directly with key decision makers from corporates to PCOs, and marketing the West Coast region to domestic conference delegates, corporates, sporting organisations and the general population.

Both of these positions complement the economic development function at DWC, which includes the Capability and Growth team, Regional Tourism team and Research and Innovation.