Jacqui Walshe

Managing Director


Jacqui grew up in the tourism industry, the Walshe family now has three generations in travel and tourism, as do so many tourism businesses.  The first generation was probably attracted by the glamour and the excitement of discovery, first class cabins and the opening up of new destinations.  As second generation, Jacqui has had to deal with the series of highs and lows, global shocks and challenges which regularly beset the industry.   While 2020 represents the penultimate challenge for the global industry in modern times, she feels confident that the Walshe Group, along with many other well managed airline and tourism businesses, will ultimately emerge strongly.  Tourism will recover but with a more sustainable, balanced contribution to community, culture and personal fulfillment.  People will still need and want to keep moving and connecting across the globe.

As travel and tourism goes through the hardest of times in our lifetime, and our trade distribution partners and airline and destination clients all battle for their corporate survival, Jacqui remains committed to the challenge.  She has always enjoyed being involved in industry affairs, to keep educating herself and maintaining an entrepreneurial mindset.  These current times are an opportunity to really test those skills, to overcome adversity, but to also use the reset as a means of reviewing what the companies and consumers of aviation and travel need to succeed in the years ahead.

Jacqui holds a Bachelors degree in Business and an MBA, she is a qualified Company Director and currently the Deputy Chairman of Australian Tourism Export Council. In 2017 she became Chairman of The Walshe Group and its parent company Southern Travel Holdings.  In 2020 Jacqui was appointed as a member of the Tourism Restart Taskforce set up by the Australian tourism sector, and is the tourism representative on the Ministerial Advisory Council to Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Australian Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment