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Marylene Lupien to TRAVELSAVERS

19 AUG 2015: Effective immediately, Marylene Lupien becomes a Business Analyst at TRAVELSAVERS, responsible for the growth, retention and engagement of the licensee’s in the province of Quebec.

Tammy Preeper at Transat

13 AUG 2015:  Transat has announced the appointment of Tammy Preeper as Business Development Manager, Atlantic Canada. Preeper will be responsible for working with Transat’s agency partners in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jordan Botting

11 AUG 2015: itravel2000 has appointed Jordana Botting as the company’s new director of Cruise Product. “We are delighted that Jordana has joined our team,” said Nick Polifemi, vice president of Partnership Development for itravel2000.

Kate McCue

14 JUL 2015: Kate McCue is to be the cruise industry's first ever American female captain. The 37 year old California Maritime Academy graduate and San Francisco native will command the Celebrity Summit, sailing between the eastern US and Bermuda.

Keltie Gilmar

07 JUL 2015:  Sunwing Vacations has announced that Keltie Gilmar, Business Development Manager for Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories, has been promoted and effective immediately will assume responsibility for looking after all the retail travel agencies in Southern Alberta and Southeastern British Columbia.


29 JUN 2015: Following TICO’s Annual General Meeting on June 23, , TICO’s new Board of Directors named Richard Vanderlubbe as Vice Chair. Vanderlubbe is president of Travel Superstore Inc. in Hamilton, Ontario. The term is for one year until TICO’s next Annual General Meeting to be held in 2016.


Royal Caribbean names president for China and North Asia Pacific Region

19 JUN 2015: Royal Caribbean has announced that Dr. Zinan Liu is its new President for the China and North Asia Pacific region. He  joined Royal Caribbean International in 2009 and has been spearheading all of Royal Caribbean's commercial and operational activities in the region.

Wolf Paunic named president

15 JUN 2015:  The Travel Corporation announced Friday that Doug Patterson has decided to step down as the president of Trafalgar Canada. The company said Patterson has been an “integral part” of the company’s various brands for close to three decades and that he will be “greatly missed” and that it wished him “all the best in his future endeavours.”

Joanne Lang at Flight Centre

11 JUN 2015: Flight Centre is pleased to announce that Joanne Lang has been appointed Vice President, Risk and Legal overseeing all of the company's Provincial and Federal regulatory requirements as well as all legal matters for the company including company filings, court claims and collections.


David Whittaker

28 MAY 2015: David Whitaker has been appointed Brand USA’s chief marketing officer. Whitaker brings significant destination marketing expertise to his new position after eight years as president and CEO of Tourism Toronto and 17 years at the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, most recently as its executive vice president and chief marketing officer.


Craig Thomas to GM at Etihad Canada

08 MAY 2015: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed Craig Thomas general manager for Canada. Thomas will be based in Toronto, where he will be responsible for all commercial activity for Etihad Airways, as well as further growing the airline’s relationships with trade and corporate partners. He will report to Martin Drew, vice president of The Americas for Etihad Airways.

MSC Cruises and Hilton Worldwide Properties
Riccardo Casalino and Doug Gehret

MSC Cruises has announced Riccardo Casalino as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Hilton Worldwide Operations has announced that Doug Gehret has been appointed the area vice president of operations for Hilton Worldwide properties in Central Florida and South Carolina.

Judy Wallace at Air Canada Vacations

23 APR 2015:  Air Canada Vacations has announced the creation of a new role, Sandals brand manager. The dedicated role underpins the leading tour operator’s longstanding relationship with Sandals, with their 20 luxury-included Caribbean resorts, and three Beaches luxury-included family-friendly resorts, offered as part of the Air Canada Vacations portfolio. Judy Wallace returns to Air Canada Vacations in the new position, effective immediately.

Gavin Miller at Flight Centre

21 APR 2015:  Flight Centre has announced that Gavin Miller has joined the Canadian executive team as vice president leisure, replacing Brent Novak who has returned to Australia to take a position with Flight Centre Limited in Melbourne.

Stuart Morris at Sunwing Travel Group

07 APR 2015: Sunwing Travel Group has  announced  the appointment of Stuart Morris as general manager, Retail. Effective immediately, Morris will responsible for the Group’s retail division which comprises the full service travel agency, SellOffVacations.com and specialist wedding planners, Luxe Destination Weddings. 

Changes at Flight Centre

23 MAR 2015:   Flight Centre has appointed John Beauvais as its new president for its Canadian business effective April 1st. He replaces Greg Dixon who is moving into the new role of executive vice president, Corporate Brand Development for the Americas. 

Rhonda Stanley atThe Travel Agent Next Door

04 FEB 2015: Industry veteran Rhonda Stanley is joining The Travel Agent Next Door as VP, Talent Development, effective immediately. The role that will see her developing new entrants for the home based division, as well as managing the conversion of agencies who want to join the growing travel agency support services division.

Bryan Klompas new COO at TravelBrands

04 FEB 2015: Frank DeMarinis, CEO of TravelBrands, has announced the appointment of Bryan Klompas to the role of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Klompas has been with the company for the last 18 years.


05 FEB 2015:  Craig Canvin, vice president commercial and Paul Holinaty, director, product development have left TravelBrands. Both were long time executives who had been with Holiday House and Sunquest through the MyTravel and Thomas Cook days and are well known within the industry.  

Nino Montagnese to Sunquest and Holiday House

03 FEB 2015: Effective immediately, Frank DeMarinis, CEO of TravelBrands, has announced the appointment of Nino Montagnese to the role of Senior Vice President, Sunquest and Holiday House.

Robert Reed at Transat

06 JAN 2015: Transat has announced the appointment of Robert Reed to the position of director, National Accounts. Reed will support Transat’s national account partners and oversee their sales, reporting and marketing requirements.

John Kirk goes to Canjet

07 AUG 2014: Industry veteran John Kirk has resigned from Porter Airlines and will join Canjet Vacations' executive team as vice president - sales and marketing effective Monday, August 18.

Nino Montagnese to mywurld

15 JUL 2014:  mywurld has announced the appointment of Nino Montagnese to the company’s executive management team as the Vice President of mywurld.  Montagnese will report directly to mywurld CEO, Riaz Pisani.

Amr Younes to Air Canada Vacations

06 JUN 204: Air Canada Vacations has announced the appointment of Amr Younes to the position of vice president, Independent Travel, effective June 09. He will report directly to Eamonn Ferrin president and chief operating officer of Air Canada Vacations, and will be responsible for the development of the North America, International, Europe and Cruise programme.

Kim Guimaraes, Kris Endreson, Phil Flad

03 JUN 2014: Silversea Cruises has announced key appointments within its sales team. Kim Guimaraes is promoted from director to vice president of national account sales for the Americas, reporting to Kristian Anderson, senior vice president and general manager for the Americas.