Jason Dawson, Chief Executive at Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, New Zealand

Jason Dawson is a seasoned management practitioner with over 18 years’ experience in brand, engagement, communications, social media, marketing and customer experience.

He specialised in crisis management and communications, which has come in handy during the collapse of the tourism sector due to COVID-19. 

Jason completed his MBA at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and has extensive experience working in the local government sector, education, investment banking, technology, agriculture and tourism industries.

He has been a strong and passionate advocate for Waikato and its people through education, business support, technology, economic development and lifting the profile of the region’s strengths and opportunities.

Jason is a Trustee of the Hamilton Gardens Art Festival, Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ), Asia-Pacific Board member for the Travel & Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and a director of Kia Puawai Limited – a social enterprise to deliver well-being programmes to those most in need.

Talk Title: “New Zealand tourism sector response to COVID-19”

World Travel Summit – topic outline

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted the world and New Zealand, and one of the key sectors which was effectively shutdown overnight was tourism. The swift and promising way New Zealand has restarted its visitor economy and dealt with COVID-19 is seen as world-leading.

Prior to COVID-19, the visitor economy was injecting $1.571 billion into the Waikato region annually. It is predicted that the tourism and events sector will lead the social and economic recovery for the region.

Jason will share the restart and rebuild plan for Waikato’s visitor sector, and share his thoughts conversations on reimagining tourism in New Zealand. It’s now time to inspire, facilitate collective reflection, share ideas and help define a new global tourism industry.

Kia hora te marino | May calm be spread around you – Jason Dawson

World Travel Summit 2020 “Travel in the New Normal” | September 7th, 2020

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