Philip Todd

Philip Todd - Southland Accommodation Sector Group Chairperson

Philip comes from a varied background of including dairy farms, picking fruit, truck driving, a term in the NZ Army and a few other things before arriving in Invercargill in 1979 where he worked for the Automobile Association for 20 odd years.

Back in 1999 together with his wife Diane, Philip had the crazy idea to develop a camp ground on their 12 acre hobby farm on the edge of Invercargill City as a bit of a lifestyle change - and a lifestyle change it was. Philip and Diane soon had to adapt from working for a salary and going home at night to switch off to working seven days a week and never switching off. From when the camp ground first opened they started getting requests for self-contained accommodation and in 2002 first motel units were opened. From what was once a bare paddock was now two houses, 18 accommodation units as well as powered and unpowered camp sites.

From there on Philip started to become aware of things like industry bodies and his interest in issues affecting the sector grew. A major concern of Philips is the need to reclaim the leadership role for the industry back from OTA’s and not sit and let them dictate conditions and commissions to us. He believes that we need to push councils to engage at the local level with the industry and that we need to find strategies for dealing with the many online booking platforms pushing private homes out in competition with the commercial sector.

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