New GM for Tourism BOP

New Tourism Bay of Plenty general manager Oscar Nathan. Supplied image.

Tourism Bay of Plenty have appointed a new general manager.

Oscar Nathan will take over the position fulltime, after temporarily stepping into Kristin Dunne’s shoes when she stepped down in April.

Chair of the board, Laurissa Cooney, says Oscar has been chosen for his extensive background and expertise in domestic and international tourism including roles as the head of Tourism Rotorua and Destination Rotorua respectively.

“Oscar is an incredibly strong leader with a superb reputation both within and outside the industry,” says Laurissa.

“His experience will be invaluable as we seek to galvanise the interests of stakeholders, industry and the community to achieve mutual outcomes.

“Oscar is known for being an approachable, on the ground communicator, with an ability to lead teams and bring strategies to life and we are extremely excited about his leadership of the team as we move into the next phase of Te Hā Tāpoi | The Love of Tourism.”

Oscar has worked in the New Zealand industry for more than two decades. He is also a previous winner of NZ Young Executive of the Year, with an extensive consulting background and roles in the private sector as chief executive for Tamaki Tours, business advisor for Māori Business Trust Poutama, and as acting chief executive for Tourism Industry Aotearoa in Wellington.

Governance roles include the boards of Regional Tourism NZ, The Moko Foundation, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Waiariki Institute of Technology (now Toi Ohomai), Hospitality NZ, and Te Puia | NZ Māori Arts and Crafts Institute to name a few.

His whakapapa links are Te Aupōuri | Te Rarawa in the Far North, with strong networks and experience in the Māori SME and operator spaces across the central north island and wider Bay of Plenty regions.

“We have a regenerative strategy that so many are excited about and would like to see what this looks like in action,” Laurissa adds.

“With Oscar leading the incredible team we have, we look forward to collaborating with our stakeholders and host communities to bring this vision to fruition, not just for us in the Coastal Bay of Plenty, but for Aotearoa and the world to see.”

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