Queenstown jet boat operator KJet is looking to expand into the wholesale markets with the appointment of a new international sales manager.
The firm, which was established in 1958 and operated the world’s first commercial jet boat, has appointed Queenstown local Julie Pine Parker to the new role.
Pine Parker will focus on growing the South Pacific markets, with Australia being a particular focus and other international growth markets such as the United States and the UK will also be pursued.
KJet, which is 50% owned by Kelly and 50% owned by the Skeggs family’s Southern Discoveries, has a current fleet of eight boats with capacity for up to 140 people on its trips along the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers.
Co-owner Shaun Kelly said: “KJet has experienced significant growth in recent times and we’ve been keen to put extra attention into offshore sales”.
He added: “Julie has a strong background in wholesale and the conference and incentives market, and has established strong connections with agents over the years.”
Prior to joining KJet, Pine Parker worked in management for Queenstown’s Hotel St Moritz.
Before that that she had stints in front office and guest services for both the Hilton and Crowne Plaza hotels.
Pine Parker said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for me as KJet has a lot of history in Queenstown, with it being the world’s first commercial Jet boat operator – so there’s quite a legacy to continue”.
“It’s a small, close-knit family-owned company and that appeals to me. I’m looking forward to helping grow the business even more, into off-shore markets, and working with great people in the tourism industry.”