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 appointments 



 


BRAND USA ELECTS SABRE CEO AS CHAIRMAN

20 OCT 2016: The board of directors of Brand USA has elected Tom Klein, president and CEO of Sabre Corp, as new chair of the board. Klein succeeds Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson. Klein was one of 11 original members of the destination -marketing organization for the US appointed in 2010 by the secretary of commerce.


STRENGTH AT THE TOP
Norwegian Announces Strategic Changes to Brand Leadership Team

20 SEP 2016:  Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has announced strategic changes to its brand leadership team to further align the Company’s organizational structure with its goal to drive sustained growth and profitability.


EXPERIENCE KISSIMMEE APPOINTS MICHELLE MOORE

16 SEP 2016:  Experience Kissimmee (EK) has recently appointed Michelle Moore, as the new director of sales for the destination marketing organization. In her new role, Moore will direct the internal sales team at EK and work with destination industry partners to increase meeting business in the corporate, association and SMERF (social, military, educational, religious and fraternal) market segments.


CTO ELECTS BAHAMAS AS CHAIR
Minister of Tourism Wilchcombe elected for two year term

16 SEP 2016:  The Bahamas has been elected Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe serving for the two-year term.


APPOINTMENT
Trafalgar Announces New Sales Manager for British Columbia

27 JUL 2016:  Trafalgar Canada has appointed Oben Sert as the new Sales Manager for British Columbia. Sert comes to Trafalgar with experience in marketing, sales and management in various industries including education and travel.


APPOINTMENT
John Delaney to Windstar Cruises

08 JUL 2016: John Delaney has been named president of Windstar Cruises effective July 19. Delaney, formerly SVP of Global Marketing and Sales for Seabourn Cruise Line (a Carnival Corporation brand), also has significant tenure with The Walt Disney Company and Holland America Line.


PAUL GAUGER AT VISIT BRITAIN
New interim executive vice president, Americas

08 JUN 2016: VisitBritain has announced the appointment of Paul Gauger as interim executive vice president Americas. The appointment comes on the back of a recent global reorganization at VisitBritain which aims to revitalize Britain’s brand proposition in North America and continue to build growth markets in Latin America.


WORLDVIEW TRAVEL APPOINTMENTS
Renata Grant and Karen Scott Caplice

03 JUN 2016: - Mike Dawson, president of Worldview Travel, has announced two recent appointments. Renata Grant was named general manager of The Travel Network and Karen Scott Caplice was appointed director of Business Development.


MONTAGNESE BACK AT ACV
Platanitis Named VP Sales

02 JUN 2016: As we suggested earlier this week Nino Montagnese has returned to Air Canada Vacations. Montagnese steps into the new role of managing director, Sun Markets, with executive responsibility for the design and delivery of the integrated commercial plan in support of ACV’s core Sun markets.


TOURISME MONTREAL ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

30 MAY 2016: Tourisme Montréal has announced its Board of Directors for the upcoming year during the Annual General Assembly at the Saint-James Club of Montreal. Raymond Bachand will continue to chair the Board of Directors, which is comprised of 15 members.


MONTAGNESE LEAVES TRAVELBRANDS
Travel agents let go. Rumours are flying.

30 MAY 2016: TravelBrands has announced the resignation of Nino Montagnese, senior vice president of sales and marketing. Montagnese began at TravelBrands in early 2015 where he was joined last September by his former boss at ACV, Zeina Gedeon, who is now CEO at TravelBrands.


KRISTIN ERZ JOINS TRAVELBRANDS

12 MAY 2016: TravelBrands has announced the appointment of Kristin Erz as business development manager. Erz has been in the industry for over 10 years starting as an assistant cruise director onboard Princess and transitioned onto land for a few years as a Travel Agent. Recently she was an ASM for Air Canada Vacations.


USVI DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM APPOINTS NEW DIRECTORS

28 APR 2016: Canika John is the new director of marketing for the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, and Frances Williams-Augustin has been given new responsibility as director of visitor experience for St. Croix.


MICHAEL MULLIN TO VOX

11 APR 2016: VoX International Inc. has announced that Michael Mullin has joined the team in a part time position as account executive, Western Canada. Mullin will primarily focus on the Tourism Australia account.


AIRBNB EXEC MOVES TO CELEBRITY CRUISES

08 APR 2016: Celebrity Cruises has just announced a most unlikely new hire. Starting April 15 Peter Giorgio will become the new chief marketing officer of the cruise line; leaving his position as head of advertising and content for Airbnb. He will be involved in the cruise line’s global marketing strategy “Modern Luxury Lives Here.”


ETIHAD AIRWAYS APPOINTS FATMA AL MEHAIRI GENERAL MANAGER FOR CANADA

31 MAR 2016: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed Fatma Al Mehairi as general manager for Canada. Based in Toronto, Al Mehairi will lead the further development of the airline’s commercial strategy in Canada.


ANNOUNCEMENT
Michael Prince at Choice Hotels

17 MAR 2016:  Choice Hotels Canada has announced the appointment of Michael Prince in the role of franchise performance consultant for the Quebec market. His addition reflects the company’s commitment to providing industry-leading support to its franchisees.


APPOINTMENT
Daphne Sword to Managing Director at Sears Travel

15 MAR 2016:  Daphne Sword rejoined Sears Travel in January as director of sales in Ontario. Her talents and management skills have lead to her rapid promotion as managing director. “I am a firm believer that we hire based on attitude first and skill second. Daphne’s drive and passion for the business and her commitment to its success is exemplary. This position was simply a natural fit” said Zeina Gedeon, CEO of TravelBrands.


NEW CEO FOR CLIA

15 MAR 2016: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that acting CEO, Cindy D’Aoust, will move into a permanent position as president and CEO of the trade group.


EDMUND BARTLETT APPOINTED JAMAICA TOURISM MINISTER

10 MAR 2016: Edmund Bartlett has been appointed Jamaica’s new Minister of Tourism, returning to the helm of a portfolio he previously held. This follows the February 25 victory at the polls by the Jamaica Labour Party.


APPOINTMENT
Heidi Lord at Transat

07 MAR 2016:  Transat has announced the appointment of Heidi Lord as business development manager, Toronto, North and East York. She will be responsible for working with Transat’s agency partners those areas.


APPOINTMENTS
Linda Dinsmore at TPI

07 MAR 2016:  Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member, has announced the appointment of Linda Dinsmore as Western Canada regional sales manager.


BEST WESTERN APPOINTMENTS
Tammy Lucas and Bruce Wienberg

01 MAR 2016:  Best Western Hotels and Resorts have announced the promotions of Tammy Lucas to vice president of marketing and Bruce Wienberg to vice president of operations.


VISIT HOUSTON SELECTS VoX

17 FB 2016: VoX International has announced the addition of Visit Houston to their portfolio of clients. VoX will serve as the destinations representation office in Canada, with the overall objective of positioning Houston as a vibrant and exciting vacation destination, a cosmopolitan and cultural city with great appeal to all types of travellers.


SKAL TORONTO APPOINTS NEW BOARD

08 FEB 2016: The Skal Toronto Club annual general meeting was held on January 25th at the Lambton Golf and Country Club, where the new board was announced. Brent Bowes holds the role of President of the club for the second year.

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