Victoria Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula
Janet Whiting Appointed New Chair Of Visit Victoria
Victor P Taffa
Distinguished lawyer Janet Whiting is to become the new chair of the state’s primary tourism and events body, Visit Victoria.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced that Ms. Whiting would succeed Paul Little, who has accepted the position of chair of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.
“Janet Whiting brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this important position and I’m thrilled that she has agreed to take the reins at Visit Victoria.” Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said.
Ms. Whiting is head of the Disputes and Investigations division at Gilbert + Tobin’s practice in Melbourne and has extensive experience in commercial disputes, corporations’ law and regulatory areas.
In addition to her new Visit Victoria role, which she takes up on September 16, Ms. Whiting is president of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, the first woman to hold the position in the gallery’s history.
In 2015, Ms. Whiting was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the community through the arts, health and major events sectors and for her contribution to the law, and in the same year was inducted on to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Ms. Whiting is currently a member of the Visit Victoria board and was previously deputy chair of the Victorian Major Events Company and a director of Tourism Australia while having also served as president of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.
“I greatly look forward to helping grow tourism in our great state this is a privileged role and I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to continue the tremendous work of my predecessors.” incoming Visit Victoria Chair Janet Whiting said.
Tourism is a significant economic driver for Victoria and supports more than 232,000 jobs across the state, including more than 85,000 in regional areas.
Andrews Government has set a target of growing total visitor spending from the current mark of $30 Billion a year to $36.5 Billion by 2025, with an ambition to boost employment in the sector to more than 320,000 jobs over that period.