September 3, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: Tourism Australia website

Business Events Perth has appointed major tourism figure Bradley Woods as chair of the bureau’s board.

Woods will replace Kevin Skipworth, who is retiring, when he takes up the position on September 28.

Woods has been the CEO of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA for over two decades, sits on Tourism Australia’s Board and is the Chair of the Commonwealth Government’s Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Reference Committee.

“For nearly 30 years Bradley has been one of Australia’s leading advocates for the tourism, hotel and hospitality industries. With extensive leadership and expertise at Board level, including as a current Board Member of Tourism Australia, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome Bradley back to the Board of BE Perth, now as Chair,” said Skipworth.

Woods said he was delighted to be returning to the BE Perth Board and that Western Australia offered a world-class destination for national and international business events.

“Acknowledging current challenges, Western Australia is poised to make a strong recovery due to WA’s ability to suppress and manage COVID-19 over the past 18 months. Working collaboratively across the industry provides a strong foundation for job growth and economic recovery of which BE Perth is a key contributor,” he said.

“Bradley is highly respected with experience across the tourism industry, including business events, government relations, media and communications, board chairmanship and not for profit management,” said BE Perth’s chief executive, Gareth Martin.

“Having twice held Director positions on the Board of BE Perth (formerly Perth Convention Bureau), Bradley will significantly profile the value of business events toward the visitor economy, supporting jobs and growth for Western Australia.”