David Perks

In over 25 years in New Zealand’s tourism industry David has enjoyed a variety of corporate, public sector, and governance roles.
David's career experience is founded in the hotel and tourism sector having spent a decade with Millennium Hotels.  Managing the Copthorne Hotel at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, David led the redevelopment of the hotel and the significant expansion of its conference and banqueting capacity and business.
In 2008 David took on the leadership of Positively Wellington Tourism as the city capitalized on being named #4 city in the world by Lonely Planet, hosting Rugby World Cup and his team’s establishment of Visa Wellington On A Plate and Beervana. In David’s first tourism strategy for Wellington there was a clear recommendation that the city needed a flagship convention centre.
Since then, David has continued to lead in Wellington, having been General Manager of Venues Wellington, before leading the business, tourism and screen activities of WellingtonNZ as General Manager Regional Development. 
Today David has and continues to lead the commercial development of and around the newly opened Tākina, Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre.
As well as being a BEIA board member David is the Chair of Regional Tourism NZ, is a Board Member of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Chair of the Wellington Cable Car Company and holds several other appointed governance roles in tourism sector organisations. 
Phone: 027 530 4947
David Perks