March 22, 2023

Roberts to step down from TIA seeking new challenge

Chris Roberts speaking at NZHIC in 2018.

Roberts service to the market will be formally recognised closer to his departure date, the Association stated.

Tourist Industry Aotearoa (TIA) President, Chris Roberts, has revealed he will step down from the top task in pursuit of a brand-new expert difficulty and to recharge his batteries after an “extreme 18 months”.

TIA Chairman Gráinne Troute commemorated Roberts for a long list of accomplishments, including the Tourism Sustainability Commitment, the Associations 2025 and Beyond framework and the Go With Tourism effort created to stimulate the labour market and encourage competent and eager employees to consider and establish a profession in the sector.

Troute stated TIA-managed occasions such as TRENZ, Tourism Summit Aotearoa and the just recently reintroduced New Zealand Tourism Awards have been lifted to a brand-new requirement, while the markets integration of Maori cultural values have been commonly adopted and commemorated throughout the sector.


Roberts will leave the CEO chair reliable from 30 January 2022 after 7 years with the organisation. Preparations have begun by the Board of Directors to seek a replacement CEO to begin right after Roberts departure.