Visit Victoria chief executive Peter Bingeman will step down from his role next month.
He has overseen the state’s tourism organisation since its establishment in July 2016, with the Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s Presidents Cup next month being his last event in the job.
Minister for tourism, sport and major events Martin Pakula thanked Bingeman for his service, under which the state’s visitor economy has reached a record expenditure of $31 billion — a growth of $11 billion over the past five years.
“Peter has done a fantastic job guiding Visit Victoria in its crucial first years, helping to build our state’s very important visitor economy, and the government thanks him for his hard work and leadership,” he said.
Recently appointed Visit Victoria chair Janet Whiting also farewelled Bingeman on behalf of the agency board.
“As its first CEO, Peter has steered Visit Victoria to become a leading tourism and events company that has delivered record growth in Victoria’s visitor economy,” she said.
Bingeman officially steps down on December 17. His replacement has not yet been announced.
“I am honoured to have led a team that has made a significant impact on Victoria’s visitor economy and reputation as a global events state, and I’m confident that the future of tourism is bright,” he said.
Visit Victoria was established alongside the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy in 2016, following a review into the state’s visitor economy.