Tribute to Tony Mayell Fri 31 August 2012 Scott Bacon Minister for Tourism The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, has paid tribute to outgoing Tourism Tasmania Chief Executive Tony Mayell, who announced his resignation today. Mr Bacon said Mr Mayell was leaving to take up a position interstate. He said Mr Mayell had come to Tasmania at a challenging time both for tourism operators and Tourism Tasmania. "Tony has provided strong leadership for Tourism Tasmania during his tenure, and has also been a passionate advocate for our tourism operators," he said. "He came to Tourism Tasmania at a critical time for the industry, overseeing the restructure of the organisation to refocus its priorities on marketing the state both locally and overseas. "Tony recognised our capacity to better sell our tourism experiences locally, nationally and internationally - and has worked tirelessly to deliver innovative marketing campaigns that tell the rest of the world what we have on offer in Tasmania in new and exciting ways." Mr Bacon said Mr Mayell had also played a key role in the establishment of four new Regional Tourism Organisations, which are helping local operators have a greater say in how their region is marketed. "Tony has travelled around the state extensively, meeting operators face to face and developing strong links with them during the formation of the Regional Tourism Organisations," he said. "He has done exceptional work during his time with Tourism Tasmania, and I have enjoyed working with him. "Tony is very well respected by the industry and staff at Tourism Tasmania, and I wish him all the best in his new role." Mr Bacon said Mr Mayell has also played an important role in the Tasmanian Access Working Group, and working with the major airlines to help deliver more air services in and out of Tasmania. Mr Mayell is expected to leave Tourism Tasmania in November. The recruitment process for a new Chief Executive will commence straight away.