Darryl Courtney-O’Connor AM is the Chairman of Touraust Corporation and founded Constellation Hotels (CH) in 1986 with just 12 country motels. In 1996, he established the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS). 26 years since Touraust’s inception, the company had grown to employ more than 1,000 people with an annual turnover of more than $80 million.
In 2011, divesting CH and its 60 hotels across Australia and New Zealand, the focus turned wholly to education, on being the leading provider of professional services management in higher education; degrees specialising in tourism, hospitality, events, sports, property and retail management.
ICMS, an accredited and well-respected institute of higher education in Sydney, has won national and state export, tourism and education awards. More than 1,000 students are enrolled in the College’s programs at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The College has established international partnerships with leading education institutions, including the world renowned hotel management school, Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland and Queenstown Resort College in New Zealand.
Darryl’s most recent academic qualifications include graduating from the specialised Owners and Presidents Executive Program at the Harvard School of Business. In 2013, Darryl was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services within the tourism and hospitality sector, and to the development of industry education.