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 appointments 



 


APPOINTMENT
Bronwyn Hodge to General Manager, IslandEscapes at Goway

24 APR 2014: Goway Travel has announced the appointment of Bronwyn Hodge to general manager of IslandsEscapes by Goway. IslandsEscapes is an exclusive division of Goway Travel that specializes in vacations to Tahiti, Fiji, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Bali.


LOOKING GOOD IN RED
Dina Bertolo joins Air Canada Vacations

11 FEB 2014: Air Canada Vacations has announced the addition of Dina Bertolo to its executive team as vice president, product. Well known and popular within the industry, Bertolo's knowledge, understanding of strategic Hotel relationship building, and 30 years of experience will make her a great asset to the tour operator.


TRAVEL BRANDS
Alejandro Gonzalez Molina and Kim Uno

04 FEB 2014: Brad Miron,vice president, Marketing and Business Development, has announced the appointment of Alejandro Gonzalez Molina to the role of director, Mexico for TravelBrands and Kim Uno to the role of director of Strategic Partnerships.


NICE CATCH
Brad Miron goes to TravelBrands

10 DEC 2013: Frank DeMarinis yesterday announced the appointment of Brad Miron to the role of vice president, Marketing and Brand Development for TravelBrands Inc. The highly regarded Miron brings with him an exceptional amount of experience to the TravelBrands organization.


ONE MORE TIME
Al Budhwani back on familiar ground

18 SEP 2013: If Al Budhwani looks comfortable in his new position, it's probably because he is on familiar ground. The long-time executive vice-president of sales and product at itravel2000 will head up Thomas Cook Canada's Retail Division.


EXODUS ON EGLINTON
Moore, Butchart and lots more

24 JUN 2013: The industry was barely catching its breath after last week's announced departure of Thomas Cook Canada's CEO Dean Moore, and large numbers of staff, when came word that vice president of mainstream product, Steve Butchart, had also left the building.


APPOINTMENT
Adam Hodge at Goway

12 JUL 2012: Goway Travel has announced the appointment of Adam Hodge as the new product coordinator for their Latin America division. Hodge will work closely with the Latin American general manager, Don Forster.


TRANSITION
Nicole DeWilde to leave Scenic Tours

15 Feb 2011: Popular industry insider, Nicole DeWilde has announced she will step down as vice president sales and marketing for North America for Scenic Tours effective March 31. “I’ve got a great team and I will miss them but the business is on a really solid footing so it’s a good time for me to move on.” Said DeWilde


HUNTINGTON TRAVEL WELCOMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER
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Huntington Travel welcomes Rose Cosentino as their new General Manager. Huntington Travel is one of Canada's leading airline and hotel consolidator's. Rose has been in the travel industry for over 25 years in various leadership roles in retail and wholesale travel companies. Her vast experience in the travel industry will prove helpful in her new role. Rose can be reached at 905-820-2266 extension 2299 or via email at rose@huntingtontravel.net

DISCOVER THE WORLD MARKETING ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL SALES MANAGER FOR ALMOND RESORTS
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Discover the World Marketing announces the appointment of Monique Gironda as National Sales Manager for Almond Resorts in Canada. Monique (formerly Monique Lalonde brings with her a vast knowledge of the travel and tourism industry after working for more than 20 years in various leadership roles including Sunquest Vacations, American Express Travel, Radisson Hotels and most recently, at Itravel2000. Her valuable and extensive travel experience will be greatly valued in her new role.

NEW SALES MANAGEMENT AT MONDIAL ASSISTENCE CANADA
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Mondial Assistance Canada has announced the appointment of Dianne Jackson, CTC, to Director of Sales for their Canadian operation. Mondial is a Kitchener-based provider of specialty travel insurance and assistance services and is pleased to have Jackson on board. Jackson has more than 22 years experience in the Canadian travel industry and will bring a wealth of knowledge to her new role. She previously worked for Frontline Travel Agent, Agency Owner, Director of Sales with Tour Operator - Signature Vacations and most recently Director of Business Development for First Choice Canada – Retail / SellOffVacations.com. Jackson will play a key role in helping Mondial Assistance Canada to meet its aggressive growth objectives. Jackson can be reached at 1-800-461-1079 ext. 2002 or by email at dianne.jackson@mondial-assistance.ca.

MYRTLE BEACH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU APPOINT DIRECTOR OF CANADA
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The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Hartley as the Director of Canada for the Myrtle Beach area. Kimberly has more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian travel industry. Her strong relationships with travel agents, tour operators, wholesalers, meeting and incentive planners, airlines and both trade and consumer media will help her in her new role. Kimberly's goal will be to increase awareness in Canada about Myrtle Beach. With the new twice-weekly, direct service from the Toronto Island Airport to Myrtle Beach on Porter Airlines, hopefully more and more Canadians will be flocking to this destination. Kimberly can be reached at 905.339.0913 or Kimberly@travelsolutionsbydesign.com .

GOWAY ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
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Goway Travel has announced the appointment of Wendy Schaber to the position of Business Development Manager for Alberta and Saskatchewan, based in Alberta. Wendy has 22 years of travel industry experience that she brings to her new role, including managing a small independent agency, a top producer with American Express Vacation Travel specializing in luxury, customized and International destinations. Wendy is responsible for conducting Goway Expos in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and working with the trade to grow business to Downunder (Australia and New Zealand), the World's Most Idyllic Islands, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Goway’s Adventure product. Wendy can be reached at 800-387-8850 extension 6310 or via email at wendys@goway.com .

VISITENGLAND APPOINTS NEW PR MANAGER FOR CANADA
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VisitEngland is continuing its expansion by appointing a new PR manager for Canada. Emma Thomas will be based in New York and will be responsible for all media relations activity in both Canada and the USA. Emma brings to VisitEngland a wealth of travel and tourism PR experience, having worked at PR companies specializing in travel and hospitality both in London and New York City. Emma can be reached at emma.thomas@visitengland.org.

TRAVELSAVERS EXPANDS BUSINESS TRAVEL SERVICES TEAM
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TRAVELSAVERS announced today that it has expanded its travel agency business travel services team with the appointment of David Thorne as Vice President, Business Travel Resources. With over 25 years of travel industry experience, David has served the travel agency community in many capacities including program development, agency consulting, training, process management, account management, operations and sales. David will be responsible for enhancing the scope of business travel services currently available to TRAVELSAVERS members and developing new products in this market segment.

ANDERSON VACATIONS ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF MEMBER
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Anderson Vacations is pleased to announce the addition of Brenda Eggett as the new Custom Group Manager as of November 2nd. Eggett has 25 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry including long term stints with Princess Cruises and Grand Circle. Her extensive travel and tourism knowledge will assist her in her new role of planning and running all of Anderson Vacations custom group tours, as well as the Alaska Yukon, Canadian Rockies and Eastern Canada Series. She also helped to plan and implement a nationally recognized customer service plan.

INTREPID TRAVEL ANNOUNCES NEW SALES AND RESERVATION MANAGER
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Steven Larkin, vice-president North America for adventure travel specialist Intrepid Travel, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mick Phelan to the position of sales and reservations manager. Most recently a Latin America and adventure travel specialist at Goway Travel, Phelan will be based in Intrepid’s Toronto office.

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES APPOINTS NEW CEO
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Caribbean Airlines is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Brunton as the new CEO of the company. He takes over from Philip Saunders, who, some six months ago, gave notice of his intention to resign his position to return to the UK. Captain Brunton started his aviation career some forty-seven years ago in the British Royal Air Force. He has also been the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Caribbean Airlines since the airline's inception in January 2007. Brunton previously was a former Board Director of BWIA and a former Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Airline Pilots’ Association.

ARMSTRONG GROUP APPOINT PRESIDENT RANDY POWELL TO CEO
Owners and operators of the Rocky Mountaineer, the Armstrong Group, recently announced the appointment of Randy Powell to President & Chief Executive Officer. Powell takes over the helm of the Vancouver , BC based organization after serving two years as the first outside President in Armstrong Group’s history. Powell has over 25 years of extensive consumer product and service business leadership. Prior to joining Armstrong Group, he was President of Maple Leaf Fresh Foods, President & CEO of Second Cup and President of S.C. Johnson and Sons.

APPOINTMENTS AT INTREPID TRAVEL/NORTH AMERICA
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Intrepid Travel/North America is pleased to make two announcements. Kate Rosen (pictured above) has recently been named business development manager, Western North America. Rosen's background includes roles as marketing and sales coordinator for West Trek Tours and B.C. sales representative for Hostelling International, and, most recently, as BDM for Intrepid for Eastern North America. Rosen will be based in Vancouver and can be reached at (778) 960-2686 or krosen@intrepidtravel.com.

Replacing Rosen in her old position as BDM for Eastern North America is Katie Olsson (pictured below), whose background includes working as an adventure specialist for Intrepid and as an Intrepid tour leader in and (garnering a nomination for Intrepid Tour Leader of the Year award). Olsson will be based in Toronto and can be reached at(647) 808-2686 or kolsson@intrepidtravel.com.

JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD APPOINTS EMMA BOWERS AS WESTERN CANADIAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
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The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) announced the appointment of Emma Bowers as the Business Development Manager for Western Canada. Her role will be to continue the development of Jamaica’s presence in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Bowers will be based in Calgary and brings 12 years of travel industry experience. Prior to joining the JTB, she was Business Development Manager for Sunwing Vacations and for Sunquest/Holiday House.

KIMBERLEY COTTER APPOINTED AS REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF TRANSAT DISTRIBUTION CANADA
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Transat Distribution Canada has announced that Kimberley Cotter is the new  Regional Director of Operations and Member Services for the Western Region.

Cotter brings 25 years of travel industry experience to her new position. She has worked with American Express in Canada and the U.S., and advanced to National Relationship Manager in Western Canada overseeing both franchise development and company-owned profitability. In her new role, Kimberley will assume responsibility for the Marlin Travel franchise and company-owned offices in Western Canada from her virtual office in Sidney, B.C.

Kimberley can be reached at 250-656-8878 or at Kimberley.Cotter@transat.com.

KARIN VIERA JOINS VACATION.COM
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Vacation.com has recently announced that Karin Viera will be joining their team as General Manager of Sales, where she will oversee the organization’s U.S. field and inside sales teams.

Viera joins the team with a wealth of experience. She previously held the position of vice president of sales – Southeast region for Carnival Cruise Lines, managing the company’s largest sales region. During her nearly three decades with Carnival, she had a variety of sales-related positions, including inside sales manager, director of sales and national accounts –Western region, and vice president of sales – Eastern region.

AIRLINERS WELCOMES AJAY TANDON TO ITS EXECUTIVE TEAM
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Airliners/ATOURZ are pleased to announce that Ajay Tandon will be joining the company as the Vice-President of Sales and Operations. His new role means that Tandon will oversee the entire operations of Airliners and ATOURZ. Tandon has 20 years of experience in the travel industry and previously worked with Jet Airways Canada and has focused on increasing sales throughout his career. With all his experience, Tandon will be your new point of contact for all resources Airliners/ATOURZ has to offer. Tandon can be reached at 416-485-6342 or by email at ajay@airliners.ca


GRENADA BOARD OF TOURISM ANNOUNCE NEW HEAD OF MARKETING
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The Grenada Board of Tourism made a new appointment in their marketing department. They have announced Raelene Lazarus as the new Head of Marketing in an endeavour to grow Grenada’s international marketing presence. Lazarus holds a Masters’ Degree in Marketing, and has experience in marketing management, having worked with Digicel and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Grenada. Her new role will include spearheading the Board’s efforts in executing more innovative marketing strategies, particularly with respect to e-marketing and tactical promotions. For more information, please call 416-595-1339, or e-mail at tourism@grenadaconsulate.com

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