THE Australian Cruise Association has announced several new interim appointments to its executive committee ahead of the annual meeting which will now be held on 25 November.

The meeting, due to be held in September at the Association’s annual conference in Townsville, was postponed as a result of COVID-19 and resulting travel restrictions.

The role of chairman, held for the past three years by Grant Gilfillan, will be filled by Philip Holliday, CEO of the Port Authority of NSW.

Scott Lovett, executive general manager, industry development for Tourism, NT will take on the role of deputy chair, vacated by Martin Bidgood when he recently left TUI (Intercruises).

Mr Bidgood’s position on the committee will be filled by Intercruises’ James Coughlan.

Matthew Carley, senior manager for port operations at the Port of Brisbane, remains as treasurer.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Grant for his incredible support and commitment” said ACA CEO, Jill Abel.

“Grant has been an incredible mentor to all of us during his time in the chairman’s role and has steered us through a very difficult year consistently demonstrating incredible leadership in these challenging times,” she said.

“We now look forward to working with Phil who, as CEO of the busiest cruise port in Australia, will play a key role in the re-start of the cruise sector in this country.”