Two giants of the tourism industry are stepping down from
their leading roles this month and will be missed, says the Tourism
Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).
Air New Zealand Deputy Chief Executive Norm Thompson and
Christchurch Airport Chief Executive Jim Boult are leaving their
pivotal positions after dedicated service to New Zealand's $23.9
billion tourism industry.
"Both Jim and Norm have made huge contributions to growing
our tourism industry over many decades. On behalf of TIA's 1500
members, I thank them for their efforts," TIA Chief Executive
Martin Snedden says.
Mr Thompson is retiring after 45 years with Air New Zealand.
During his career, he has held numerous roles that have raised New
Zealand's profile with international travellers, including Group
General Manager Short Haul Airlines (with accountability for
domestic, Tasman and Pacific operations), Group General Manager
Marketing, Network and Sales, Regional General Manager The Americas
and Regional General Manager New Zealand and Pacific
Mr Boult has been in his Christchurch Airport role since
February 2009 and was a crown appointee to the CIAL board for six
years before that. He was named 'Airport Personality of the Year'
by the NZ Airports Association in both 2010 and 2013. In 2011, CIAL
was awarded the Jim Collins Award for an Outstanding Contribution
to Aviation Safety, recognising CIAL's actions before and after the
He is a former Director and Deputy Chairman of Tourism New
Zealand and has been Director, Managing Director and Chairman of
several substantial public and private companies. For 16 years, he
was the Managing Director of Shotover Jet, which offers one of New
Zealand's most famous tourism experiences.
"Both Norm and Jim will continue to take an active
interest in tourism and its progress, and that the industry will
continue to benefit from the enormous knowledge and skills. We wish
them all the best for the next stage of their careers," Mr Snedden