Tourism New Zealand Names Stephen England-Hall New CEO

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Tourism New Zealand Chair Kerry Prendergast recently announced the appointment of Stephen England-Hall to the position of CEO at Tourism New Zealand.

England-Hall will join Tourism New Zealand's Auckland office in April after three-years as CEO at Loyalty New Zealand. 

He has previous work experience in the United Kingdom and North America as chief marketing officer with Syncapse Corporation and CEO for Razorfish in London. Razorfish is Tourism New Zealand’s global media agency.

“He will be stepping into the organization at a time of significant growth and success," said Prendergast in a written release. "He inherits a high performing team successfully delivering integrated marketing communications that has supported the tourism industry to become New Zealand’s number one export earner."

The latest international visitor arrival figures show continued growth with total arrivals up 11.7 percent for the year ending November and another successful spring. The 2016 spring shoulder season growth was strong with a 16.1 percent increase in holiday arrivals across the September-November months.

The results come as the tourism industry heads into what promises to be the biggest New Zealand summer on record.

Earlier this year tourism was confirmed as New Zealand’s top export, pumping over $14.5 billion into the economy and directly employing over 188,000 people.