Wood, Wotif.com founder
Wood revolutionised the travel industry in Australia
when he created the concept for, and cofounded,
Wotif.com in 2000. From his simple and innovative
idea, Graeme has grown Wotif.com into a global
company with a team of over 145 employees worldwide.
background is in information technology, with
more than 30 years experience in the field of
information systems and software development,
beginning with NCR and later IBM. His career as
an entrepreneur began in the early 1980s with
the first of several technology start-ups.
Wotif.com's inception Graeme and the company have
been awarded several times for contributions to
the industry and excellence in all areas of operation
Overall Winner and Winner of Outstanding Achievement
by an Organisation in the Services Sector - Premier
of Queensland's SMART Awards 2004
- Australian Institute of Management Medal for
Management Innovation - 2004 Management Excellence
- National winner of the Technology, Communications,
E-Commerce and Life Sciences category - 2005 Ernst
and Young, Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
- National winner for a contact centre with under
50 seats CSIA Australian Service Excellence Awards
- Winner of the Inspiration iAward and the Tourism
& Hospitality category AIIA iAwards 2006.
is a graduate of the University of Queensland,
Australia, with a Bachelor of Economics and Master
of Information Systems. He is a frequent speaker
at functions covering topics relevant to the travel
industry as well as entrepreneurship and innovation.
not-for-profit interests through the Graeme Wood
Foundation and the Wot's Next Programme support
youth development programmes in the arts, sailing,
founder wins state gong - Brisbane Times - 1st
website wotif.com founder Graeme Wood has been
named Queenslander of the Year for his remarkable
community work, including the donation of 10 per
cent of his net worth to charity.
Anna Bligh today announced the accolade, sponsored
by Suncorp, at an awards ceremony at Parliament
Bligh honoured Mr Wood for his savvy business
sense in revolutionising Australia's travel industry
in co-founding the website in 2000 through which
hoteliers sell cut-price accommodation.
it was Mr Wood's generous spirit that set him
apart, she said.
his simple and innovative idea, Graeme has grown
wotif.com into a global company with a team of
over 160 employees worldwide but it's his community
generosity that is truly remarkable," she
Bligh applauded Mr Wood for his donation of more
than 10 per cent of his net worth to benefit young
Queenslanders through his charity, the Graeme
charity funds programs including the University
of Queensland Endowment Fund which supports scholarships
and research programs in areas of social need.
also funds programs encouraging young performers
in conjunction with Opera Australia and the Australian
Theatre for Young People.
business success and his philanthropy for the
benefit of young Queenslanders is a real inspiration,"
Ms Bligh said.
Afghan refugee and University of Queensland student
Homa Footan, 21, was named Young Queenslander
of the Year in recognition of her work tutoring
refugee students and speaking at schools to encourage
tolerance and acceptance.
rehabilitation centre Fresh Hope founder Karen
Bartlett was named Community Spirit winner for
her work helping mothers with substance abuse.
live-in, family-orientated centre allows mothers
to stay with their children while receiving treatment.
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