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Kelsian Group Chair recognised with 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honour

A close up of former SeaLink CEO Jeff Ellison

Kelsian Group Chair Jeff Ellison has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the tourism industry and to the community.

Congratulations are warmly extended to Kelsian Group Limited Board Chair and former SeaLink CEO and Managing Director, Jeff Ellison, for being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mr Ellison said he felt honoured and thrilled to receive the prestigious award.

“You don’t expect public recognition for something you absolutely love doing.

“I felt very honoured and humbled to be recommended for the award. I believe that this is the greatest honour to receive as an individual, as it demonstrates a lifelong commitment to both industry and community,” he said.

Mr Ellison said the contribution he is most proud of is the continued commitment to invest in the industry and the community.

“I have always believed that our success is directly aligned with the success of the communities in which we service - whether it is sponsorship of local communities, providing the best ferries or transport services, friendly helpful staff or investing in public infrastructure. All of these things combine to contribute to our long-term impact and consistent improvement in the community and industry. This is where I feel we have made a real difference,” he said.

While Mr Ellison will celebrate with family, friends and colleagues, he remains as committed as ever to seeing the industry recover from the lasting impacts of Covid.

“I am very confident that the tourism industry will recover as international borders open, additional flights are added to key routes and visitors prepare their travel arrangements.

“Currently, our industry is being challenged by staff shortages and increasing costs but pent-up demand worldwide, with Australia being a friendly, safe destination - will ensure a bright future for our industry.

“We will proudly continue our commitment to invest in local communities and enhance our environmental outcomes – it’s an exciting time for tourism, sustainability and travel,” he said. And where does an award-winning tourism boss go on holiday in Australia?

“My favourite travel destinations generally require warm weather. I like to head north to escape the depth of winter – Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, Stradbroke Island, or west to Rottnest Island, and stay south during summer, enjoying the likes of Kangaroo Island or Bruny Island, but a beach or a pool is a must!

For brilliant Australian holiday inspiration, visit www.brillianttravels.com.au