Tākina Events appointed Jake Downing as director museum and commercial services.
In his new role, Downing will also be in charge of the operational team for the new convention centre Tākina, scheduled to open in mid-2023.
He was previously the head of tourism at Wētā Workshop, a position he has occupied since 2014. Before joining Wētā, Downing was commercial channel manager at Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation, where he created and implemented a national strategy for DOC’s 23 visitor centres, among other responsibilities.
With a career in tourism dating back to the late 1990s, he also currently holds positions with the TIA (Tourism Industry Aotearoa) board, Business Events Industry Aotearoa, and the Tourism Export Council.