ACA ap­points dep chair

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS - with Jill Abel - CEO

I AM de­lighted to an­nounce that long serv­ing mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Cruise As­so­ci­a­tion Julie O’Brien has been ap­pointed to the role of deputy chair. Julie is re­plac­ing Richard Schoonrad who took up a new job in his home state of West­ern Aus­tralia. Julie, who is se­nior ad­viser, des­ti­na­tions and global part­ner­ships for Tourism Events Queens­land (TEQ) has served on our Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee for the last three years, so we are ex­cited that she has agreed to move into ACA’s ex­ec­u­tive team. She is in her six­teenth year at TEQ and pas­sion­ate about the de­vel­op­ment of qual­ity desti­na­tion ex­pe­ri­ences for the cruise lines en­sur­ing that Queens­land’s trea­sures such as the Reef, Dain­tree Rain­for­est and Fraser Is­land are in­cluded in itin­er­ar­ies. Julie also works closely with tourism op­er­a­tors and con­ducts fo­rums and giv­ing prac­ti­cal guid­ance on be­com­ing in­volved in the cruise in­dus­try. She has also fo­cussed on the wel­come ex­pe­ri­ence for cruise pas­sen­gers work­ing with the state’s vol­un­teers. She got to ex­pe­ri­ence this re­cently when Aza­mara Jour­ney made an un­ex­pected re­turn to Bris­bane due to Cy­clone Deb­bie. With the World Sci­ence Fair in the city, there was a short­age of vol­un­teers so Julie and hus­band An­drew jumped in to wel­come pas­sen­gers and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the city! We also look for­ward to Julie play­ing a critical lo­cal ad­vi­sory role in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of our an­nual con­fer­ence this Sep on the Sun­shine Coast.

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