Ex-Tourism NZ country manager to join DQ

Former Tourism New Zealand country manager Kiran Nambiar is joining Destination Queenstown as its new business development director.

Kirin Nambiar

Nambiar is relocating from Canada to take up the newly created role in which he will oversee all channel sales and trade marketing activity including domestic and international travel trade, industry partnerships, business events (C&I) and Study.

This position will also become the director of the Queenstown Convention Bureau (QCB).

He has most recently been working as vice president and country manager United States with Cox and Kings Group, one of the longest established travel companies in the world with operations in 22 countries and four continents.

He has also recently completed an MBA from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada.

Prior to this, he spent nine years with Tourism New Zealand as Country Manager in India before progressing to the position of Regional Manager India & South-East Asia promoting New Zealand as a visitor destination to these key markets.

Nambiar has also held positions with Kuoni Travel and SITA World Travel.

A statement from DQ said that chief executive Graham Budd “is delighted to welcome Nambiar into the business development director position”.

He added: “Kiran has great travel trade and marketing experience as well as a good understanding of DQ, Queenstown and the tourism industry and I know he will be a great addition to the DQ senior management team.”

Nambiar will start with Destination Queenstown on the 8th of January.

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