Jake Downing is Head of Tourism at Weta Workshop, managing the award-winning facility’s tourism division, Weta Studio Tours.
Jake’s extensive experience includes seven years at Bridge the World in London, managing the successful Asia & Africa Tailor-made department, and a role as both Director of the Falkland Islands Development Corporation and General Manager of the islands’ Tourism Board.
At Tourism Auckland, Jake managed operations for eight i-SITEs, before becoming Director of i-SITE New Zealand.
Prior to Weta, Jake worked in the Commercial Business Unit at the Department of Conservation as Commercial Channel Manager, growing distribution for DOC’s large array of tourism products.
Appointed Weta Workshop Head of Tourism in 2014, Jake steers the development of Weta Studio Tours; a role encompassing all aspects of tourism management including sales and marketing, operational delivery, and HR. Under Jake’s leadership, the division has experienced year-on-year growth, welcoming over 160,000 visitors last season.
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