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Appointments

ROBERT REED JOINS ACV
As manager of National Accounts

18 JUN 2019: Air Canada Vacations announced that Robert Reed would be joining the company as its new manager, National Accounts. Based in the Mississauga office, he will be reporting directly to Erminia Nigro, general manager Sales Ontario, Manitoba and National Accounts.


SAM YOUSSEF PROMOTED AT RLV
Becoming new VP Integrated Marketing

17 JUN 2019: Red Label Vacations has announced that Sam Youssef has been promoted to vice president, Integrated Marketing. Effective immediately, Youssef will lead all marketing activities across all channels that support the strategic and creative direction of RLV.


CAROLYN BUJTAS AT RED LABEL VACATONS

12 JUN 2019: Red Label Vacations Inc. has announced that Carolyn Bujtas has been promoted to director of Sales and Operations for the retail brands redtag.ca and itravel2000.com. Bujtas brings over 14 years of vast experience to this role.


CHARLOTTE ANTILL JOINS TRAVELBRANDS

10 JUN 2019: TravelBrands announced the hiring of Charlotte Antill in the role of Business Development Manager for Ontario. Antill will oversee the company’s partnerships in Ontario’s West and North divisions. “We are very excited to have Charlotte join our TravelBrands sales team,” says Shannon Smith, director of sales for Ontario. 


JANICE SOUSA JOINS GROUPDESK

10 JUN 2019: Groupdesk announced that Janice Sousa has joined the company as co-founder and chief executive officer to refine and expand its growing client portfolio. Sousa is a seasoned executive with almost two decades of business growth expertise.  Prior to joining Groupdesk, Sshe held senior-level roles at multiple companies including Merit Travel, Me to We, and EF Educational Tours.


DIANNE JACKSON NEW VP RETAIL
At Red Label Vacations

04 JUN 2019: Red Label Vacations has announced the hiring of Dianne Jackson for the role of vice president, retail, effective immediately. Jackson will develop and execute strategic initiatives for RLV’s retail brands including nclude redtag.ca and itravel2000.com.


THREE PROMOTIONS AT THE TRAVEL AGENT NEXT DOOR

28 MAY 2019: To meet the needs of its growing number of travel agents - now close to 800 in the group -  The Travel Agent Next Door has announced three promotions within the executive team.


BUREAU, ROUGE PART WAYS

27 MAY 2019: A year after being named president of Air Canada Rouge, Duncan Bureau has left the airline. The airline industry veteran had previously spent four years as vice president of global sales at Air Canada. Details of the departure were not available, but Air Canada CFO Michael Rousseau is said to be taking over as acting president.


LAUREN LAMONDAY JOINS SUNWING
As BDM South Western Ontario

21 MAY 2019: Sunwing Vacations has announced that Lauren Lamonday has been appointed Business Development Manager for South Western Ontario. Lamonday brings a wealth of travel knowledge to the role with more than 12 years of experience working in both sales and marketing within the travel industry.


YVR ELECTS NEW BOARD CHAIR

14 MAY 2019: Vancouver Airport Authority's Board of Directors has elected Annalisa King as Chair of its Board of Directors. King replaces Mary Jordan, upon the end of her term, whose guidance as Chair since 2010 saw YVR through an incredible period that established the airport as a world-class hub.


PATRICE GESKE TO RETIRE FROM GLOBUS

01 MAY 2019: The Globus family of brands announced that Patrice Geske, director of marketing and 10-year employee, has chosen to retire at the end of June this year.


GLOBUS APPOINTMENTS

30 APR 2019: Kim Clarke, director of sales for the Globus family of brands, has announced appointments in two sales roles.  Eva Montenegro is the new BDM for Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley in BC and Ron James has been appointed to the position of supervisor, inside sales.


THE NATURAL
JTB director Bennett at home in Canada

30 APR 2019: Chat with Angella Bennett for more than about 10 seconds and it appears clear that the new regional director of tourism for Canada for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is meant to be here. Funny and engaging, Bennett is a natural, despite having only replaced former director Philip Rose a few weeks ago (on April 8) and having been engaged in a “whirlwind” introduction since then. 


COLIN SKERRITT NAMED BRAND USA REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CANADA

25 APR 2019: Brand USA has appointed Colin Skerritt as its regional director in Canada. In this new Toronto-based position Skerritt’s singular focus is to promote the United States as a premier travel destination to Canadian travellers. A


TRAVELBRANDS NAMES SHANNON SMITH AS DIRECTOR OF SALES, ONTARIO

24 APR 2019: TravelBrands has announce that Shannon Smith has been promoted to Director of Sales, Ontario. Smith brings 19 years of experience and a wide range of expertise to this role.


ACCOR APPOINTS HEATHER MCCRORY
CEO North and Central America

23 APR 2019: Hospitality group Accor has announced the appointment of Heather McCrory as Chief Executive Officer, North & Central America. McCrory will also serve as a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.


NEW BDM FOR WESTJET
Andrei Losinski comes on board

23 APR 2019: WestJet announced the addition of Andrei Losinski to the Agency Sales team as Business Development Manager. Losinski is responsible for the territory of Greater Toronto West and Northern Ontario. Not new to the industry and a familiar face to many, he joins WestJet with 12 years industry experience.


ERMINIA NIGRO JOINS AIR CANADA VACATIONS

16 APR 2019: Erminia Nigro joined Air Canada Vacations as the new General Manager, Sales-Ontario and National Accounts.  In this role Nigro will be responsible for leading a six-person sales team, including five area sales manager and one manager of national accounts.  Her new role includes sales oversight and management of the Ontario and Manitoba regions, including strategic growth and development of this market.


WESTJET ANNOUNCES VP SALES AND DISTRIBUTION

15 APR 2019: WestJet announced Charles (Chuck) Crowder as Vice-President, Sales and Distribution, reporting to Arved von zur Muehlen, Chief Commercial Officer, effective April 29, 2019. Crowder’s qualifications include more than 28 years of experience as a sales leader in the global travel and aviation industry.



CHANGES IN THE EXECUTIVE SUITE

11 APR 2019: Effective immediately, Robert Deluce, Porter’s founding president and CEO, has handed the president and CEO responsibilities to his son Michael and will assume the new role of executive chairman, enhancing his existing responsibilities as a member of the board of directors, while staying engaged in Porter’s core business strategies. He also remains as the company’s accountable executive for Transport Canada.


JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD APPOINTMENT
Angella Bennett to Regional Director Of Tourism For Canada

10 APR 2019: Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism has announced the appointment of Angella Bennett to the position of Regional Director of Tourism for Canada at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). Bennett will be based in Toronto, and will take up her new post this week.


TRANSAT APPOINTS MONIQUE LALONDE AS DIRECTOR

09 APR 2019: Transat has announced the appointment of Monique Lalonde to the position of Director, Agent@Home, for Transat Distribution Canada. She will be dedicated to the development and the maturation of Transat Distribution Canada’s Agent@Home program. 


TRACY VAUGHAN TO FORT LAUDERDALE CVB

04 APR 2019: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) has announced Tracy Vaughan as the new Senior Vice President of Tourism and Travel Industry Sales effective April 22. Vaughan will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the bureau's domestic and international transient sales efforts.


APPOINTMENTS
Scenic Group Canada

28 MAR 2019: Scenic Group Canada, parent organization of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Scenic Eclipse and Emerald Waterways, has announced the hiring of Juna Ueda as general manager – Canada Sales, and Amanda McGregor as brand manager for Ocean Products. Both will work out of the company’s Vancouver office and will report directly to Lisa McCaskill, vp sales and marketing Canada, The Scenic Group.


PASCAL PRINZ APPOINTED VICE CHAIR OF ETC CANADA

26 MAR 2019: The European Travel Commission (ETC) announced the appointment of Pascal Prinz, Director of Switzerland Tourism as the new Vice-Chair of ETC’s Canada chapter. Prinz joins Dana Welch, Manager for Canada at Tourism Ireland and Chair of ETC’s Canada chapter. He takes over the Vice-Chair role from Antje Splettstoesser, former Director of the German National Tourist Board’s representation in Canada.

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