The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

New Chief Executive for Hospitality New Zealand

Hospitality NZ President Nick Keene has today Steve Armitage as the organisation’s new Chief Executive, effective from August 14.

Artimatage takes over from Julie White who has held the position for the past five years.

Keene says Armitage’s proven track record, deep understanding of the industry, and alignment with the organisation’s strategic goals made him the ideal candidate to lead the organisation.

“Steve brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, and his forward-thinking mindset aligns perfectly with Hospitality NZ’s vision for the next three to five years,” he says.

“With a strong background in the hospitality industry, Steve has consistently demonstrated his leadership abilities and strategic thinking throughout his career.

“His extensive knowledge of the sector, combined with his passion for innovation and growth, will be instrumental in driving Hospitality NZ forward and seizing exciting opportunities in the industry.”

Armitage’s career has spanned the public and private sectors, most recently specialising in tourism, major events, business attraction, communications and public affairs.

He was GM, Destination, at ATEED for eight years, until 2021, and since then has Chaired the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and consulted to the events and tourism industry.

“Hospitality has always been close to my heart, providing a strong foundation for my career,” says Armitage.

“I look forward to combining my experience and passion with that of the wider membership to advance the interests of the sector.”

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