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Vale Keith Williams CMG

Vale Keith Williams

The Williams family recently paid tribute to a husband and father who, through foresight, vision, passion, commitment and determination, was suitably rewarded by seeing people enjoying themselves.

Keith Williams CMG, who passed away on the Gold Coast on October 19 aged 82, was remembered as an energetic pioneer in the development of tourism infrastructure which brought significant benefits to Queensland and Australia.

“Through Dad’s dynamic projects over the decades, he created hundreds of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly, took Australian tourism to the world, generated billions of dollars in turnover and brought pleasure to millions of people,” said his son, Ben. “He was a leader in every sense of the word and totally committed to tourism.”

Keith Williams is recognised as the man who introduced theme parks to Australia with the creation of Sea World on the Gold Coast, and who opened the Whitsundays to the world through the development of Hamilton Island as a world-class tourist destination. He was also a pioneer of waterskiing in Australia.

The family remembers their patriarch as a man who often put everything on the line based on his unshakeable belief in his various projects and grand visions that many struggled to comprehend at the time.

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