Government turns to tourism guru Gschwind in TIQ reshuffle

The State Government has reshuffled the board of Trade and Investment Queensland bringing in former tourism boss Daniel Gschwind as chair.

Oct 07, 2022, updated Oct 07, 2022
 Daniel Gschwind wil head Trade and Investment Queensland (ABC photo).

Daniel Gschwind wil head Trade and Investment Queensland (ABC photo).

Gschwind, who headed the Queensland Tourism Industry Council for 20 years, replaces former Labor State MP Steve Bredhauer in the role.

Bredhauer has been in the role since 2015 and his departure was an end-of-term decision.

Jim Varghese has also been replaced on the board with Angela Young, a director of startups at BDO Australia.

The Government opted for Gshwind because of his extensive contacts in Queensland and globally and his understanding of what needs to be done. He has also been honorary consul for his country of birth, Switzerland, and speaks several languages.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said he had experience and an understanding of international markets as well as domestic businesses.

“Daniel was one of the leading faces of our tourism industry during the coronavirus pandemic, guiding the industry through an energised response and recovery plan,” the Treasurer said.

“Tourism is all about showcasing Queensland nationally and internationally, and Daniel will now bring his extensive experience, partnerships and networks to further enhance Queensland’s trade and investment opportunities to a global audience.”

Gschwind said he was excited to be joining TIQ.

“Queensland’s engagement with the rest of the world, through trade in our goods and services, is a fundamental driver of our state’s prosperity,” he said.

“There has never been a better time than now to take advantage of Queensland’s growth momentum over the next decade.

“With the skills and resources of TIQ, Queensland’s businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs and indeed the community will have a strong ally in connecting with the world.”


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