Paul Davis joined MFAT in November 2018 and is the Ministry’s in-house tourism specialist, providing a dedicated tourism input into the planning, design, monitoring and review of tourism development programmes which the New Zealand Aid Programme supports.
The role provides technical advice, influences the Ministry’s strategy and programming through tourism sector insights and develops policy advice for tourism. For each country where tourism is an identified priority, Paul provides advice to programming divisions on where to focus across the range of potential investments and interventions. Paul is also the Ministry’s contact and liaison point with the New Zealand domestic tourism sector.
Paul has a detailed background in tourism, especially national and regional tourism organisation strategy and operations including destination planning, marketing and development.
During a 20-year career at the New Zealand Tourism Board and its predecessor the New Zealand Tourism Department, Paul had stints in Auckland, New York, Dunedin and Wellington, Paul set-up and was inaugural CEO of New Zealand Regional Tourism Organisation, Nelson Tasman Tourism. He then took up a role as Long-term Adviser and Programme Manager for the Tonga New Zealand Tourism Support Programme based in Nuku’alofa, and prior to joining MFAT was General Manager Regional Promotions and Tourism at Northland’s Economic Development Agency, Northland Inc.