Accor Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Simon McGrath AM
Accor Pacific Chief Operating Officer, Simon McGrath, will serve on the NT Taskforce.

Accor Pacific Chief Operating Officer, Simon McGrath, is one of nine industry leaders appointed to consult on another Tourism Restart Taskforce, this one established by the Northern Territory Government.

In addition to the National Taskforce announced last week by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Northern Territory has opted to double-up with its own working group tasked with designing the roadmap to help the territory’s tourism industry recover from the effects of COVID-19.

Joining McGrath on the board is newly appointed AAT Kings Group CEO, Matthew Cameron-Smith; Tourism & Transport Forum CEO, Margy Osmond; Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia CEO, Grant Hunt; Darwin Convention Centre GM, Peter Savoff and Discovery Parks Group COO, Michaela Webster. The committee will be chaired by Tourism NT Chairman of Commissioners, Michael Bridge.

Further consultation will also be provided by Australian Tourism Export Council Director, Denis Pierce, himself part of the national taskforce.

According to Tourism NT, the committee will provide “a national and international perspective on forging a pathway to recovery, bringing together leaders from across the tourism sector with expertise in accommodation and hospitality, drive tourism, aviation and touring”.

The committee is currently in place only until the end of May 2020 and will form its guidance based on government advice and steps taken in loosening social restrictions as and when they occur.