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Distinguished lawyer Janet Whiting AM is to become the new chair of Visit Victoria, succeeding Paul Little, who has accepted the position of chair of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

A Visit Victoria board member since 2016, Janet is head of the Disputes and Investigations division at Gilbert + Tobin’s practice in Melbourne and has extensive experience in commercial disputes, corporations law and regulatory areas.

She was previously Deputy Chair of the Victorian Major Events Company and a director of Tourism Australia, and is the current President of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Council of Trustees.

“I greatly look forward to helping grow tourism in our great state ­– this is a privileged role and I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to continue the tremendous work of my predecessors.”
Janet Whiting AM

Paul Little AO also joined the Visit Victoria board in 2016 and was appointed Chair in February 2017. He has played a pivotal role in the establishment of the organisation as Victoria’s primary tourism and events body.

In the period of Paul’s chairmanship, total visitor expenditure in Victoria increase 22 per cent to $30 billion, while 13,000 more jobs were created in Victoria’s tourism industry.

Major events highlights include theatre spectaculars Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildCome From Away and Moulin Rouge!, the men’s and women’s final of the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup, Brazil v Argentina, the WWE Super Show-Down in 2017, a rugby league events package and blockbuster exhibitions at the NGV. While business event wins include the 2023 Rotary International Convention, the most valuable business event ever secured for the state.

Visit Victoria congratulates Paul on his appointment as Chair of the Australian Grand Prix Association where he will help shape what he describes as “the the best motor racing event in the world”, and continue to amplify brand Melbourne globally.

Janet Whiting commences as Chair of Visit Victoria on Monday 16 September 2019.