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Destination Gold Coast Chairman - Paul Donovan

Paul’s past roles include; 2014 to 2018 as Executive General Manager Business Development and Marketing - Queensland Airports Ltd in which Paul took a leading role in establishing direct flights between Gold Coast and China amongst other Asia Pacific destinations. In his role as Chief Operating Officer at Gold Coast Airport from 2005 to 2014, Paul was responsible for the day-to-day operations and several key projects: delivery of a runway extension, a $100 million terminal redevelopment; long term car park; 2011 airport master plan; expansion of Tower Road with an increased fuel facility holding; additional apron parking, as well as terminal and apron changes to facilitate the current growth. Paul also held previous roles at senior executive level for Ansett, Qantas and Air New Zealand.

Paul has been a member of the Destination Gold Coast Board since 2005 and Chairman since 2007. Paul was a Board Director at Tourism and Events Queensland from 2015 to 2018, and in 2019 became Chairman of Events Management Queensland.

In 2019, Paul was named ‘Gold Coast Citizen of the Year’ as part of the City of Gold Coast’s Australia Day Awards recognising his outstanding contribution to the community and dedication over the past decade to grow the Gold Coast tourism sector.