Visit Sunshine Coast appoints new chair as tourism tops off record year
  • Thursday 01 December 2016
David May and Simon Latchford

A new chair and new director have been appointed to the board of Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC).


David Ryan had been elected as the new chair, replacing Grant Hunt, who stepped down following the completion of his three-year term.


Mr Ryan is a Sunshine Coast resident who brings an extensive history of executive and board positions in major financial organisations and tourism groups.

He was a non-executive director of Virgin Blue and fulfilled a number of roles over a 15-year period with the Virgin Group, culminating in his appointment to the Global Advisory Board of the Virgin Group.

Since joining the VSC board in 2015, Mr Ryan has been chairman of the VSC Risk Management and Audit Committee.


In other board changes, long-serving board member Ian McNicol stood down after six years, and will be replaced by Ashley Howden and Fraser Green was reappointed unopposed in the member-elected director’s position.


The new appointments were announced as Sunshine Coast Airport revealed that it has attracted over one million annual passenger movements for the first time.


New VSC Chair, David Ryan, said the Airport’s stellar performance had contributed significantly to the region’s 2015/2016 tourism success.

With the drive market complementing the growth in air traffic, the Sunshine Coast grew its domestic visitor numbers by 7.8% to 3.1 million for the year, and expenditure grew by 6.2% to $1.9 billion, the region’s best domestic figures in over a decade.

The international market recorded 3.5% growth to 366,000 visitors and expenditure increased by 26.7% to $245.3 million for 2015/16.

To access a copy of the 2015/2016 Visit Sunshine Coast Annual Report go to:

Photo: David Ryan (left) with Simon Latchford