TICTs Key Notes Address - Mark Wilsdon
For 15 years, Mark Wilsdon has led a team of tourism and hospitality professionals that have taken David Walsh's bold vision for MONA, and built a modern-day Tasmanian and Australia cultural and tourism phenomenon.
Mark has been at the forefront of many of the driving changes of Tasmanian tourism, through his positions with MONA, senior leadership positions with TICT, and other cultural and tourism representative roles.
Mark will speak about his own extensive career in hospitality in Tasmania and the changes he's witnessed; he will no-doubt share some MONA and Walshy stories, while also outlining his vision for Tasmania's tourism development over the next decade. How we respond to our skills crisis, build a professional and valued workforce, and the importance for Tasmania to continue to be brave, and a destination not afraid to be different.
Mark has over 30 years experience in the tourism and hospitality sector. As Co-CEO, Mark is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of all operations at Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art). Before and while working at Mona, he has owned and operated several successful restaurants. He is currently an owner of The Salty Dog Hotel in Kingston. Mark is a Director of Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia, Director of The Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT), , and a Director of The Unconformity Festival.
Mark has mentored a range of people who have built their own careers as a platform to cementing their place as influential leaders in Tasmania, and Australia's tourism, food and beverage, and cultural attraction sectors. He is passionate about developing authentic career pathways within Tasmanian-based industries, and building frameworks that support real skill development and opportunities in the state.