Published on : Saturday, August 12, 2017
Billie, a black Labrador would have been in Western Australia with its owner, Pip Close with her “dream job”.
However, Pip Close, the newly appointed chief executive of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, a trip to abroad was perfectly timed.
“I had been on holiday in Borneo, returned on the Sunday and went into my office on Monday,” she said.
“I read on a newsletter that the job had been open, but because I’d gone away I didn’t know whether it still was.
“A colleague I knew over here said it was available, but I needed to get in quickly. “I put my CV together, sent it in to Max (Shepherd), and within 24 hours had a phone call asking me to come for an interview.”
For Ms Close, it’s been a hectic six weeks as her term started along with the welcoming news that flights between Cairns and mainland China had been secured.
She managed a Parliamentary Inquiry into Northern Australia tourism on her second day of tenure. After that, she interacted with the state’s leaders during their Community Cabinet sojourn in Cairns.
Nevertheless, the special quality of tourism has kept Ms Close in the industry for all these years.