The board of Marlborough Tour Company has announced that Abbe Hutchins is to take on the position of chief executive.

Hutchins, who has a family background in tourism, took office on December 2.

Abbe Hutchins

"The board is looking forward to working closely with Abbe to implement our strategic plans," said Board Chair Barbara Burkhart.

"It is an exciting chapter for the company amid a positive outlook for Marlborough. Abbe brings the dynamic leadership required."

"The company has a number of great offerings, underpinned by the hard work of staff," said Hutchins. "They clearly want to showcase the best of what the region has to offer while strongly caring for the community and the natural environment."

This month also sees the departure of general manager Scott McKenzie, who led sales and marketing for 18 years. McKenzie described his privilege in watching the company grow from its small beginnings into what it is today.

“It’s been an exciting journey and the company is in great hands for the future but it is time for new challenges and a new adventure," he said.

Scott departs the company on December 20 and the recruitment process will begin for a new marketing manager.