Premium Queenstown and Milford Sound tourism operator Southern Discoveries has appointed industry leader Kerry Myers as General Manager – Sales and Marketing, as the company looks to further expand and optimise current operations.

With nearly 20 years of experience at leading travel and tourism operators both in New Zealand and abroad, Ms Myers will head up the sales and marketing functions of Southern Discoveries from the company’s Queenstown base.

Southern Discoveries CEO Tim Hunter says he’s delighted to welcome Ms Myers to the team.

“Kerry brings a wealth of industry knowledge, familiarity with the Southern Lakes tourism environment and current marketing experience relevant to our sector,” he says.

“Over the past 15 years, she’s worked in a range of senior sales and marketing roles for Ngai Tahu Tourism and most recently held the position of Marketing Manager for Shotover Jet, Dart River Adventures and Dart Stables.”

Mr Hunter says Ms Myers’ digital and physical marketing experience will prove vital as Southern Discoveries looks to grow its range of cruise, farm tour, cycle tour and day trip products in the Southern Lakes region.

“With strong analysis skills and extensive experience in sales management, Kerry is also very passionate about tourism in the area, and the strong network of industry relationships she’s developed will be highly valued within the company.”

Ms Myers says she’s excited about being part of the Southern Discoveries team.

“I’ve long considered Southern Discoveries to be an industry leader, delivering exceptional nature experiences in this unique part of New Zealand,” she says.

“Throughout my career I’ve always chosen to work with businesses that not only show off the very best of New Zealand’s scenery, adventure and hospitality, but also align with my values of preservation and social sustainability.

“Southern Discoveries fits that bill perfectly, so I’m very excited to be joining their proud and passionate team.”