Anthony Hayes is the Managing Director of AAT Kings, Australia’s largest guided holiday company. Specialising in guided holidays, short breaks and day tours, AAT Kings carries hundreds of thousands of guests around Australia and New Zealand each year.
Prior to joining AAT Kings, Anthony was the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Queensland,
where he was responsible for international and national sales and marketing, industry development, airline route negotiations, product development and 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”, the most awarded marketing campaign 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.
In 2014, Anthony was awarded the Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year by CEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year Awards.