Gold Coast tourism boss resigns without warning

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista has resigned suddenly after two years in the role.

“I’m incredibly privileged to have led Destination Gold Coast over the past two years,” she said.

“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together during this time. It is a fantastic organisation with a strong volunteer Board and a dedicated team of professional staff.

“My decision to resign was in close consultation with the board. I am grateful for their support and guidance.”

Destination Gold Coast chairman Paul Donovan said the board “wish her all the best in the future”.

“We thank Annaliese for all she has done for Destination Gold Coast,” he said.

“The organisation will continue to do what it has been doing, to try and get as many people to come to the region and spend more money and stay longer.

“I’m still there as chairman, we have a board that’s the best you could put together and all the staff in place doing what they do.”

Destination Gold Coast will launch a search for a replacement but no timetable has been set yet. Deputies Miles Roper and Carla Anderson will head the marketing body in the interim.

“I would like to thank Annaliese for her service to our city and wish her the best,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

“It’s crucial that recruitment for this vital role commence immediately to ensure no opportunities are lost during this important period.”

A report by The Gold Cost Bulletin quoted sources saying Battista had put both the city council and state government offside with her strong advocacy for extra funding.

Destination Gold Coast’s most recent plea for extra funding to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic was knocked back by council despite Battista giving two presentations.