Anthony Hayes, Chief Operating Officer, SeaLink Travel Group

Anthony Hayes is the Chief Operating Officer of SeaLink Travel Group, one of Australia’s largest tourism and travel companies. 

With more than 1600 dedicated team members around Australia, SeaLink serves over 8.5 million customers annually across the maritime, guided holiday, day tour and accommodation sectors. 

In addition to the SeaLink brand, key businesses within the group include Captain Cook Cruises, SeaLink Fraser Island and Stradbroke Ferries.

Anthony was previously Managing Director of AAT Kings, Australia’s largest guided holiday company, and CEO of Fantasea Cruising.

Prior to joining AAT Kings, Anthony was the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Queensland, where he was responsible for setting the overall strategic direction for tourism in Queensland. 

During this period, Tourism Queensland won over 130 national and international marketing and tourism awards, including a large number for “The Best Job in the World”, one of the most awarded marketing campaigns in Australian history.

Anthony also enjoyed a long career at Qantas holding numerous roles in sales, marketing and product development, including Assistant to Managing Director James Strong and regional head of Central Europe based in Frankfurt.

Anthony has sat on numerous tourism boards including the Australian Tourism Export Council, the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau, Events Queensland and the National Long Term Tourism Strategy committee.

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