A new chapter for Destination Fiordland is to begin after Tourism Manager Sharon Salmons tendered her resignation from the organisation.

Venture Southland Chief Executive Paul Casson, who is responsible for the management of the tourism organisation, said Salmons had brought extensive knowledge of the tourism industry to the role.


“Although disappointing for Destination Fiordland, I am supportive of Sharon’s decision and wish her all the best for the future,” Casson said.

Salmons was appointed to the role in December 2017 and relocated to Te Anau with her Husband, Mark.  

Sadly Mark passed away in an accident on Boxing Day last year while the couple were on holiday.

Salmons said this had influenced her decision to step down from her role as Tourism Manager at Destination Fiordland.

“I have decided to move back to Queenstown, where I had previously lived for 19 years and where I have a strong support network,” Salmons said.

Salmons did not have any immediate employment plans and would be taking a few months off to take some important time out.

Venture Southland will be supporting Destination Fiordland during the process of recruiting an appointing a replacement manager.