Premium Queenstown and Milford Sound tourism operator Southern Discoveries has appointed industry veteran Kerry Lahood to join their Auckland-based sales team as International Sales Manager – Asia.

Mr Lahood will bring more than 20 years’ tourism experience to the team, most recently as International Sales Manager for Heritage Hotel Group and previously in sales management roles in the rental car industry.

Southern Discoveries General Manager Sales and Marketing Kerry Myers says she’s thrilled to welcome Mr Lahood to the team.

“Kerry comes to us with a wealth of industry knowledge and is extremely well known and liked in the international tourism community.”

“He has facilitated strong growth of international wholesale markets for a number of iconic tourism brands and we are looking forward to having him represent Southern Discoveries.”

Ms Myers says that Mr Lahood’s strengths and experience will complement those of the existing team.

“Kerry will be working alongside our China Sales Manager and Western Markets Sales Manager to focus predominantly on Korea, Japan and India.”

“He has a well-established reputation for building strong relationships across a wide range of markets and these skills will transfer effectively into his new focus on Asia.”

Mr Lahood says he is looking forward to joining Southern Discoveries and applying his sales experience and networks to grow the company’s Asian business.

“The role is an excellent opportunity to join a highly respected and successful company and utilise my extensive international sales experience and contacts to make a significant contribution to the business.”

“Southern Discoveries offers a great range of unique options for international visitors and I’m really excited about the prospect of selling pure tourism experiences to the Asia markets.”

Mr Lahood will begin his new role in January 2020.