Kingfisher Bay Resort - Fraser Island Accommodation

Sunday, 08 July 2012 12:16

Gary Smith - Managing Director, Tourism Leisure Corporation

Gary has actively been involved, at director level, in the Kingfisher Bay Resort project since its inception in 1987. This included the full project development phase and he has, since the resort's opening in July 1992, guided the establishment of the resort as a leader in the field of ecotourism.

In 1996, Gary formed Tourism Leisure Corporation with fellow Arthur Andersen alumnus David Goodman. The company operates several businesses within the tourism and leisure industries, including Kingfisher Bay Resort and Eurong Beach resorts on Fraser Island; Fraser Explorer Tours; Fraser Island Barges; Palace Adventures - a backpacker touring business based in Hervey Bay; and Twin Waters Golf Course on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

From 2003 to 2007, Gary was an independent director of the then publicly listed Tourism Company S8 Limited, which over time grew to manage more than 20,000 holiday letting apartments in Queensland and acquired a number of Australian and New Zealand icon travel agencies including Harvey World Travel, Travelscene American Express and Gullivers Travel (NZ).  S8 was acquired in January 2007 by MFS Limited.

Gary was appointed as an Executive Director to the Board of Flight Centre Limited in November 2007, one of Australia's Top 100 public companies by market capitalization on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Flight Centre Limited owns Australia's largest wholly owned retail travel agency network.

The company also operates in over than 14 countries, with a total annual transaction value of over $14 Billion, more than 10,000 staff and many different brands encompassing Leisure (including Flight Centre, Escape Travel, Student Flights, Liberty Travel); Corporate (FCM Travel Solutions, Ci Events); Online (flightcentrehotels.com, quickbeds.com) and Wholesale (Infinity Holidays, Travel Spirit Group).

Current Tourism Affiliations include:

  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Life Member. Gary was Chairman from 1996 to 2007 of this Queensland Tourism Industry representative body.  
  • Gary is a past Deputy Chair and Board Member of Ecotourism Australia – Australia's leading industry group representing the nature-based segment of the Tourism industry.
  • In August 2012, Gary was appointed to the board of Tourism and Events Queensland.

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