Date: 22 August 2013
Tourism industry manager Geoff Ensor has been appointed to lead the Department of Conservation’s Commercial Partnerships team.
Geoff Ensor has worked for the past eight years in the executive team at the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) and is currently TIA’s Advocacy Manager. He will start his new position as DOC’s Director Commercial Partnerships in October.
DOC’s commercial partnership team is focused on working with businesses across New Zealand to deliver new benefits for conservation.
During his time at the TIA, Geoff Ensor has worked closely with DOC at a national level on a wide range of tourism related issues. These have included developing frameworks for commercial operations on conservation land, reviewing safety standards for adventure tourism operators and leading work on responsible camping protocols.
He has recently played a key role in working with tourism operators and DOC to lift safety standards on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
DOC’s Director General Al Morrison says Geoff Ensor brings a strong understanding of the commercial sector to DOC’s on-going drive to grow its conservation partnerships.
“DOC needs to work more effectively with groups and organisations right across New Zealand if we are to meet the conservation challenges the country faces.
Geoff knows the importance of conservation to the tourism industry and he and his team will play a key role in building strong conservation relationships throughout the business sector.”
Herb Christophers, Media Advisor
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