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Appointments

NEW PRESIDENT AND CSO AT AIMIA
28 AUG 2018: Aimia Inc. has named Nathaniel Felsher as president and chief strategy officer, less than a week after announcing a deal to sell its flagship Aeroplan loyalty programme to a consortium led by Air Canada. Felsher is from Deutsche Bank, where he co-headed the firm's aviation corporate and investment banking group. MORE

COLLETTE ANNOUNCES NEW HEAD OF SALES IN CANADA
27 AUG 2018: Collette, international tour operator with more than 100 years of experience, announces the appointment of George Christakis to Head of Sales for the Canadian office. MORE

LEANNE HILL JOINS MSC CRUISES
23 AUG 2018: MSC Cruises has named Leanne Hill Business Development Manager for Western and Central Canada. Based in Vancouver, Hill will be responsible for all agencies and operators from Manitoba to British Columbia. MORE

TRAFALGAR HIRES NEW SALES MANAGER FOR ALBERTA
16 AUG 2018: Trafalgar has announced the appointment of Kaylyn Skulski as Sales Manager for Alberta.  

Skulski joins Trafalgar with many years of experience in sales and marketing, and has been in the travel industry for the past two years working on a cruise ship followed by a travel agency. MORE

TIM MORGAN TO VIRTUOSO
Director of Business Strategy
01 AUG 2018: Global luxury travel agency network Virtuoso announced that Tim Morgan has been appointed as its new director of Business Strategy for Canada. As part of Virtuoso’s Global Member Partnerships team, Morgan will assist Virtuoso in continuing its development of the luxury leisure travel market in Canada. MORE

CLIA PRESIDENT AND CEO TO STEP DOWN
20 JUL 2018: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that CEO and president Cindy D'Aoust will be stepping down from the association at the end of the year in order to focus on family priorities. She will remain in her role until a successor is found and will help oversee the transition of the new leader, said the cruise association today. MORE

MARYLAND REACHES OUT
Reach Global Marketing will represent Maryland Office of Tourism
12 JUL 2018: Maryland Office of Tourism named Reach Global Marketing LTD as their agency of record in Canada. Reach will be responsible for managing public relations, sales, and marketing activities in Canada with a special focus on Ontario.  MORE

NIKLAS ANDREEN TO CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL
26 JUN 2018: Carlson Wagonlit Travel has appointed Niklas Andreen as executive vice president and chief traveler experience officer, effective September 2018. Based in London, Andreen will report to Kurt Ekert, president and CEO of CWT, and serve as a member of the CWT Executive Leadership Team. MORE

JACLYN LEIBL-COTE NEW COLLETTE PRESIDENT
26 JUN 2018: Collette chief executive Dan Sullivan Jr has named his daughter, executive vice president Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, as the new president of the family-owned escorted tours company. Sullivan announced Leibl-Cote's promotion at a Future of Travel Global Forum, in Rhode Island to celebrate the firm's 100th anniversary.   MORE

AN AFFLAIR TO REMEMBER
Tait takes off
17 MAY 2018: Here’s the shocker announcement: “Flair Airlines is delighted to announce that David M. Tait OBE has joined the Kelowna BC based low fare carrier in the capacity of Executive Chairman.” What? Our David Tait? Yes. It’s no joke folks – he’s crossed to the other side. MORE

TPI APPOINTMENT
Caroline Hay to Director of Sales for Ontario
Travel Professional International (TPI), has announced the appointment of Caroline Hay as director of sales, Ontario.  Hay will report directly to Zeina Gedeon, chief executive officer, and in this newly defined position, will be responsible for all sales channels while ensuring continued development and growth of its member-based business. Hay will be based in the Greater Toronto Area. MORE

A GAIN FOR AIR CANADA VACATIONS
17 APR2018: Air Canada Vacations has appointed Dana Gain to the role of senior director Sales, Groups and Partnerships effective April 23. Gain will be responsible for the development of the national sales strategy, as well as supporting and growing all the B2B lines of business and increasing distribution channels. She will also continue to forge strategic partnerships and will manage all partnership agreements. MORE

MAKING A CHOICE
St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority selects VoX
28 MAR 2018: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA) have announced that they have selected VoX International as their public relations and communications representative in Canada. VoX will be managing media relations and day-to-day operations for the Canadian market. MORE

Adam Goldstein
Vice Chairman at Royal Caribbean Cruises
21 MAR 2018: Adam Goldstein joined RCL way back in 1988 and has held a variety of posts including CEO of Royal Caribbean International. Currently serving as RCL's president and chief operating officer as of May this year he becomes vice chairman of the cruise line.   MORE

NEW CEO FOR PUERTO RICO DMO
20 MAR 2018: Brad Dean has been named as CEO of Puerto Rico's new destination marketing organization. Dean takes over next month and joins from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce where he was president and CEO. MORE

CHANGES AT WESTJET
Gregg Saretsky retires. Ed Sims takes over.
12 MAR 2018: WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s announcement of a new chief executive, effective immediately, marks an abrupt end to an eight-year run for outgoing CEO Gregg Saretsky, who is retiring just months before the airline is expected to unveil its new ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop, which has been the source of labour disputes between unionized pilots and the company. MORE

ERICK GARNICA TO DISCOVER THE PALM BEACHES
O6 MAR 2018: Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB) announced that Erick Garnica has joined its leisure sales staff as senior director, Leisure Travel Industry Sales. With 17 years of sales success, Garnica brings a wealth of experience and firsthand knowledge of Florida to the team. In his new role, he will provide strategic direction and leadership for leisure travel industry programmes and oversee development of worldwide leisure markets.   MORE

SWOOP AND WESTJET
Appointments and Changes
05 MAR 2018: Swoop has announced that Steven Greenway will take over as president of WestJet's ultra-low-cost-carrier starting today. WestJet also announced that Bob Cummings, who was in charge of the Swoop launch, will move into the role of WestJet executive vice-president, strategy and guest services. Both men will report directly to WestJet Group president and CEO, Gregg Saretsky. MORE

CHOOSE CHICAGO CHOOSES FATHOM
12 FEB 2018: Fathom Communications announced a partnership with Choose Chicago, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, effective February 1. The Oakville, Ontario, based company will be supporting the Choose Chicago team with strategic media relations, event management and media missions targeting consumer and trade outlets across Canada. MORE

NICK LONGMAN LEAVES TUI
06 FEB 2018: TUI managing director UK and Ireland Nick Longman is leaving the company after 20 years to 'pursue new business challenges'. In a statement TUI said, "Under Longman's leadership, TUI UK and Ireland has achieved commercial success, launched two new cruise ships, seen developments in the Retail estate, the e-Commerce programme, Contact Centre operations and he led the business through the rebrand to TUI."   MORE

TRANSAT APPOINTMENT
Jordi Sole as President of new hotel division
O5 FEB 2018: Transat has announced the appointment of Jordi Sole as President of its new hotel division, effective February 20. Sole, who has worked for major international resort chains, will lead Transat's entire hotel development operations in the Caribbean and Mexico.   MORE

AMA WATERWAYS DUAL APPOINTMENTS
01 FEB 2018: AmaWaterways announced the promotion of Alex Pinelo and Donna Cook. Both recently joined the company in other senior roles and have been appointed as directors of national accounts. MORE

APPOINTMENT
Donovan White to Director of Tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board
30 JAN 2018: Donovan White has been selected to fill the position of Director of Tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), after an extensive local and international search. His appointment has been announced by Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.   MORE

GLOBUS APPOINTMENT
Patrice Geske Director of Marketing
25 JAN 2018: Stephanie Bishop, managing director of the Globus family of brands in Canada, has  announced the promotion of Patrice Geske to the new position of director of marketing. MORE

ALFREDO TAN TO WESTJET
Former Facebook executive to lead digital transformation
23 JAN 2018: WestJet has announced Alfredo Tan as chief digital and innovation officer. Tan will join WestJet on March 5. Reporting to Ed Sims, executive vice-president, commercial, Tan will head the further development and rollout of WestJet's digital strategy as the airline transitions from a low-cost, point-to-point carrier to a fully-fledged network airline.   MORE
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