Destination Gold Coast Chair Paul Donovan calls time after 17 years

Chairman of Destination Gold Coast Paul Donovan has announced he’s standing down after almost two decades at the helm.

Mr Donovan will officially call time at the tourism body’s annual General Meeting on November 24, where the Board will then elect a new Chair.

After 17 years in the role, the respected tourism figurehead said he felt the time was right.


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“It has been a privilege over the years to work closely with the Board and esteemed professionals of Destination Gold Coast to represent the interests of Gold Coast’s 4,400 tourism businesses and the 35,000 people employed by the sector,” Mr Donovan said.

“The Gold Coast is the best place to live, it is a great place to raise your family, what great schools and universities we’ve got, and the great opportunities future generations have here to develop and realise their true potential”.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate praised Mr Donovan for his commitment to the city over the years.

“When we think of fantastic Gold Coasters who have made such an incredible contribution to our city, Paul fits the bill perfectly,” Cr Tate said.

“To him, the role of Chair was never work.

“His passion for tourism, for the staff at Destination Gold Coast and for the thousands of tourism-related businesses shone through in his energy and enthusiasm.

“I’m sure Paul’s name will pop up again given his love for our city.”

Mr Donovan was named the Gold Coast Citizen of the Year in 2019, and continues to be a member of the City Heart Taskforce, Chair of Events Management Queensland and Chairman of the Titans NRL Community Club.