Frank Moore AO

26 November 2008

Award of a Doctor of the University honoris causa
Sir Frank Moore


Sir Frank Moore has been instrumental in advancing the Australian tourism industry, particularly sustainable tourism. He has been a key driving force behind major strategic changes that have helped shape the Australian tourism industry over the past two decades.

He has had a long-time interest in community affairs, in particular the role of the tourism industry in contributing to the growth of national economics and job creation, as well as the social and environmental impacts of tourism. He is especially interested in evolving tourism products and management disciplines that make for a harmony between public demands for jobs and economic security and environmental and social responsibility.

After a distinguished career in property valuation, media and broadcasting, he headed the 1978 Queensland Government Inquiry that led to the establishment of the Queensland Tourist & Travel Corporation. He was chair of the Corporation from 1978 to 1990, a period of great growth and internationalisation for the state’s tourism sector.

From 1984 until 1996, Sir Frank was chair of the Australian Tourism Industry Association, the peak national private enterprise tourism body. As chair also of the Australian Tourism Research Institute, in 1987 he was instrumental in securing the first major investments in tourism research and education at a university level.

Sir Frank was responsible for creating the team and the application for Queensland’s successful nomination to host Expo 88 in Brisbane. This was achieved with very significant support from then Queensland Treasurer, Sir Llewellyn Edwards.

He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1983 and appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1991 for his contribution to the community and the tourism industry.

Sir Frank was chair of a small committee that brokered the development of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism and was chair of the Centre from 1997 until 2007. During his tenure, he oversaw the Centre’s expansion into a major national and international tourism research facility for Australia and was the driving force behind The University of Queensland’s growing involvement in the Centre to become one of its major contributors.

Sir Frank has also served as chair of the Federal Government’s Tourism Forecasting Council, Nature Resorts Limited, Advent Tourism Fund Management Ltd and Great Southern Railway. He was a founding director of Jupiters Limited, a Director of Gold Coast Airport Corporation and a member of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Chancellor, in recognition of his distinguished career, I present to you Sir Frank Moore, for the award of a Doctor of the University honoris causa bestowed by the Senate of The University of Queensland.



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