Matt Stoeckel appointed CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast

Matt Stoeckel is stepping down from his role as Tourism Fiji CEO to lead Visit Sunshine Coast from 2021.

Taking up his new role as CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast at the beginning of 2021, Stoeckel will replace Craig Davidson, who has been Interim CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast since June 2020.

“Matt brings over a decade of high-level tourism expertise to the Sunshine Coast, including executive management roles with national and state tourism organisations,” said Visit Sunshine Coast Chair David Ryan.

“His experience in developing and refining brand identities for destinations will be critical for the Sunshine Coast as we launch and roll-out our new brand for the region over the next year.

“His success in creating a far deeper and more diverse reputation for Fiji’s tourism sector is very relevant to the Sunshine Coast, as we move into a new phase of tourism development on the Coast.”

Stoeckel said it had been a privilege to lead the Fiji’s marketing and tourism promotional efforts over the last four years.

“It has also been a very rewarding destination to work for, with the strategy paying off, with record year-on-year results achieved for visitor arrivals to the country prior to Covid-19,” he said.

“What has attracted me to the role with Visit Sunshine Coast is that it is a destination with huge potential. With the newly inaugurated upgraded airport, plans for new hotels and attractions, and its well-earned reputation for authentic nature-based experiences there are massive opportunities for the Sunshine Coast to be a pace-setter in Australian regional tourism.”