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Career Changes

MARIE ANNICK LALANDE
Sr Communications Advisor for Transat Distribution Canada
12 NOV 2019: Transat has announced the appointment of Marie-Annick Lalande as Senior Communications Advisor for Transat Distribution Canada. Lalande is based in Montreal, where she will be responsible for all internal and external communications of this Transat subsidiary.    MORE

NEW DISNEY DESTINATIONS DISTRICT SALES MANAGER
11 NOV 2019: Disney Destinations has announced Jason Stremble as District Sales Manager for Ontario. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Stremble has more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry starting his career as a reservations and documentation associate for the Globus Family. He worked as a Sales Manager for Trafalgar in the GTA for the last 7 years and joined Disney in October 2019.  MORE

COCONUT BAY BEACH RESORT HIRES BLUE WAVE MARKETING
11 NOV 2019:  Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa and Serenity at Coconut Bay have announced the appointment of Blue Wave Marketing as their outside sales representative in Canada with Managing Director Suzanne Fleming at the helm. After not having a permanent presence for almost two years in the Canadian market, Blue Wave Marketing will conduct agency visits and training, tour operator training and represent both resorts at consumer and trade events.    MORE

APPOINTMENTS AT INSIGHT VACATIONS AND LUXURY GOLD
Heidi Schnitker and Megan Debarros
08 NOV 2019: Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold has announced a transition of roles for Heidi Schnitker, who returned to The Travel Corporation at the end of last year, from Sales Manager of Southwestern Ontario (SWO) to Sales Manager of Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Megan Debarros, who has been with the brands working in the Contact Centre for the past five and a half years, has now been promoted to Sales Manager for Southwestern Ontario.   MORE

DUNCAN BUREAU TO ETIHAD
08 NOV 2019: Duncan Bureau has joined Etihad as senior vice president Global Sales and Distribution. He will be based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Bureau was president of Air Canada Rouge, prior to leaving in May this year. The airline industry veteran had previously spent four years as vice president of global sales at Air Canada. MORE

SEAWORLD APPOINTS SERGIO RIVERA AS CEO
Neha Jogani Narang to Board of Directors
08 NOV 2019: SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has announced the appointment of Sergio (Serge) D. Rivera to the position of Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, effective November 11. The Company also announced that Neha Jogani Narang will be appointed to its Board of Directors, effective November 11, 2019. These appointments will increase the size of the Board of Directors to nine members.   MORE

BILLY GRIFFITH LEAVES BTMI
28 OCT 2019: The Board of Directors of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) has announced that its CEO, William ‘Billy’ Griffith, tendered his resignation effective December 31, 2019, to give the organization an opportunity to recruit a new leader and ensure a smooth transition as his contract comes to an end. MORE

G ADVENTURES APPOINTMENT
Billy Stewart new Western Canada GPS
25 OCT 2019: small-group adventure operator, G Adventures, has announced the appointment of Billy Stewart to the position of Global Purpose Specialist, Southern BC & The Island. He joins the company from Topdeck Travel where he spent eight years supporting agency sales. MORE

SABRINA CENDRAL TO SVP MARKETING AND SALES AT CLUB MED
24 OCT 2019: Club Med has announced today the promotion of Sabrina Cendral to senior vice president of marketing and sales, effective immediately. In her new role, Cendral will unite and oversee US sales and marketing, while also driving marketing strategies for North America as a whole (including Canada and Mexico). MORE

KAREN SCOTT CAPLICE AT TRAVEL EDGE
17 OCT 2019: Karen Scott Caplice has been promoted to director, Advisor Relationships – Canada for Travel Edge Luxury Agency. With over 30 years of travel experience, Scott Caplice is a key part of the vision in securing Travel Edge as a luxury travel agency in North America, focused on customized support and benefits to help professional travel advisors grow their business. MORE

TIM CROYLE TO RETIRE FROM WESTJET
07 OCT 2019: WestJet announced that Tim Croyle, vice-president, WestJet Vacations and Cargo has decided to retire. Croyle joined WestJet in 2003, as manager-airports projects holding a variety of roles before moving to WestJet Vacations in 2010 where he was subsequently promoted to his current position. MORE

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES APPOINTMENT
New country manager for Canada
01 OCT 2019: Ethiopian Airlines announced Samson Arega as the new Country Manager for Ethiopian Airlines Canada as of Sept 20, 2019. Arega started his career with Ethiopian Airlines and has been with the company since he graduated from university. MORE

ASHTON MARCUS AT REACH GLOBAL MARKETING
27 SEP 2019: Reach Global Marketing Ltd. has announced Ashton Marcus as the new director of public relations and marketing. In her new position, Marcus will lead the Reach Global communications team and will report to president and owner Charmaine Singh. MORE

Kathleen Cormier to COO at Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing
26 SEP 2019: Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing has announced the promotion of Kathleen Cormier to Chief Operating Officer. Cormier joined the company earlier this year as Vice President, Mergers. She will now assume responsibility for all operations for the company, as well as for the newly acquired Gray Line Niagara Falls/Buffalo, New York working with their local team.   MORE

MOVING ON UP
Travel Industry Today makes changes
25 SEP 2019: Effective immediately Michael Baginski, who has served as editor at large at Travel Industry Today for the past year, will take the role of editor and become a partner in the company. Senior partner Jen Savedra moves to editor in chief. Travel Industry Today has been an integral part of the Canadian travel trade media since 2007 and these changes strengthen the company as it looks forward to new challenges and an exciting future.   MORE

NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO FOR TOURISM TORONTO
17 SEP 2019: Tourism Toronto has announced the appointment of Scott Beck as president and CEO. For the past 14 years, Beck has served as the president and CEO of Visit Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will begin his new role on October 15. Beck served on the Executive Committee of Destinations International for six years and served as the organization's International Board Chair from 2014-2015. MORE

SEAWORLD CEO RESIGNS
17 SEP 2019: The CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment stepped down Monday, just months into his tenure leading the theme park company. Gustavo “Gus” Antorcha resigned from his job as the top executive at SeaWorld as well as his position on the company's board of directors. MORE

MICHAEL UNGERER JOINS MSC GROUP
12 SEP 2019: MSC Group has announced that industry veteran Michael Ungerer joined its cruise business as CEO of MSC’s new luxury brand. He will be based out of the Company’s global headquarters in Geneva and will report to Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Group’s cruises business and broader passenger division.   MORE

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
Maureen Barnes-Smith Celebrates 25 Years with Unique Vacations
12 SEP 2019: September 2019 marks a major milestone in the career of Maureen Barnes-Smith, director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada Inc., affiliate of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, as she celebrates 25 years with the company. MORE

SANDRA JOAQUIM JOINS RED LABEL VACATIONS
10 SEP 2019: Red Label Vacations has announced Sandra Joaquim as the organization’s account manager, Strategic Partnerships. Joaquim will support and develop strategic partnerships along with key preferred suppliers for RLV’s retail brands. MORE

MAJOR CHANGES AT CLUB MED CANADA
05 SEP 2019: Club Med Canada wishes to inform its business partners of a significant change to its teams. Carolyne Doyon has been named president and chief executive officer of Club Med North America and Amélie Brouhard is named vice president, Canada and Mexico MORE

MARNI OTIS TO RED LABEL VACATIONS
05 SEP 2019: Red Label Vacations Inc. (RLV) has announced the hiring of Marni Otis who joins the team as RLV’s director of e-commerce and marketing for its retail divisions. MORE

THE AGENCY SOLUTION
A conversation with Flemming Friisdahl and Louise Gardiner
05 SEP 2019: The Travel Agent Next Door has a new division - The Agency Solution. Louise Gardiner has signed on as vice president and will oversee the strategic development and sales of the new storefront agency services network. She will recruit smaller store front agencies in the $3 million and under range that are seeking relief from the cost and workload of their admin and back office functions.   MORE

NEW CEO FOR APPLE LEISURE GROUP
04 SEP 2019: Apple Leisure Group announced the appointment of Alejandro Reynal as chief executive officer. In a planned transition, Reynal will succeed Alex Zozaya, who will serve in a full-time capacity as executive chairman and lead the Board of Directors. Both appointments were effective September 3, 2019. MORE

ROBIN DANES JOINS TRANSAT
04 SEP 2019: Transat has announced the appointment of Robin C. Danes, sales manager, Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Danes joined the Transat commercial team on September 3 and will be based in Toronto. She will be responsible for managing the team of Business Development Representatives in Ontario and Atlantic Canada and for the execution of commercial actions in the region.  She will report to Nicole Bursey, Commercial Director Ontario, West, Atlantic. MORE
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