Barossa Tourism business development manager, festivals and events, Andrew Dundon has tendered his resignation to pursue a new opportunity in the city.
The announcement was made at this morning’s Barossa Tourism annual general meeting in Nuriootpa.
A constitutional change was also passed at the meeting to rename Tourism Barossa Inc as Barossa Tourism Inc in order to align with a wider regional branding strategy.
Mr Dundon has been with the organisation since 2014, having successfully delivered two Barossa Vintage Festivals, three Barossa Gourmet Weekends and numerous other events and programs.
While he is looking forward to his new challenge as producer of the Adelaide Guitar Festival – working with director Slava Grigoryan, who will appear at the upcoming Barossa, Baroque and Beyond micro-festival – he described his departure as bittersweet.
“I can only dream of having a team that is half as good as the Barossa Tourism team,” he said.
“Their creativity, professionalism and camaraderie – they’re just a wonderful team.”
He said he was leaving the Barossa with a new appreciation and passion for the community.
“(That is) what makes the region so special on the global stage,” he said.
Regional tourism manager Cathy Wills said Mr Dundon would leave a marked affect on the Barossa.
“Andrew has left a profound legacy in the Barossa events landscape and inspired an increase in creativity and professionalism,” she said.
“The outstanding 2017 Barossa Vintage Festival was the result of Andrew’s ability to lead our community in the delivery of a key cultural event.
“We are indebted to Andrew for his great contributions and he will be a great loss to the team.
“Barossa Tourism wishes Andrew all the very best with this exciting opportunity ahead of him.”
Mr Dundon will finish up next Friday, September 29.
Ms Wills said recruitment for the vacant position would commence in coming weeks, after the board had revised what the role may look like going forward.