Career Changes

CHRISTIAN ROUSSIN TO PLAYA HOTELS AND RESORTS
01 NOV 2018:  Playa Hotels & Resorts has announced the expansion of their Canadian sales team with the addition of Christian Rousssin as Business Development Manager of Quebec and Atlantic Canada as of November 5. MORE

DEAN DACKO REGIONAL PRESIDENT UNIGLOBE EASTERN CANADA
25 OCT 2018: UNIGLOBE Travel (Eastern Canada) has announced the appointment of Dean Dacko to the position of Regional President of the UNIGLOBE Eastern Canada Region effective immediately. In his new role Dacko will be directly responsible for the continued growth and success of the region with a primary focus on new business development, brand marketing, and building relations with all stakeholders domestically and internationally. MORE

AMERICAN EXPRESS GBT APPOINTMENT
New VP and GM for Canada
18 OCT 2018: American Express Global Business Travel announced the appointment of Patrick Doyle to vice president and general manager for Canada. Doyle oversees the commercial relationships in the region, and manages a team of professionals that help serve key Canadian clients. MORE

SUNWING APPOINTS LYNE CHAYER AS GM IN QUEBEC
02 OCT 2018: Sunwing Travel Group has announced the recent appointment of Lyne Chayer as general manager, Quebec. A seasoned professional in the travel and aviation industry with over 20 years’ experience in directing marketing campaigns across both consumer and trade channels, Chayer’s strategic knowledge and commercial acumen will play a strong part in the next phase of Sunwing Travel Group’s exciting growth in the Quebec market. MORE

SHERRI BOURNE AT TRANSAT
25 SEP 2018: Transat has announced the appointment of Sherri Bourne as business development manager, Atlantic Canada, responsible for representing Transat’s Sun, Europe and Cruise package product. MORE

CARLO RINALDI TO UNIWORLD
19 SEP 2018: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced the appointment of Carlo Rinaldi as district sales manager for Eastern Canada effective immediately. Rinaldi comes to his new role with over 15 years of experience in the Canadian hospitality and travel industry, most recently at Porter Airlines as one of the founding members of its sales team. MORE

ROYAL SCENIC APPOINTS ROBERT DUNGAN AS PRESIDENT
17 SEP 2018: Ivy Yeung, CEO of Royal Scenic, has announced the appointment of Robert Dungan as President. Dungan has considerable airline and industry experience having worked at Air Canada for over five years in a multitude of roles with increased responsibility. MORE

CHANGES AT WESTJET
07 SEP 2018: WestJet announced changes to its sales leadership. Effective immediately, Lyell Farquharson, Vice-President, Sales, has left WestJet. The airline will be recruiting a permanent replacement for this position, but in the interim, the following members of our Commercial Leadership team will cover all key sales areas:  MORE

CRYSTAL JONES AT GLOBUS
05 SEP 2018: Kim Clarke, director of sales for the Globus family of brands, has announced a new appointment to the company’s Canadian sales team. Crystal Jones has been promoted from Call Centre to Inside Sales, covering GTA North and West, 613 area code, South and Northwestern Ontario and Atlantic Canada.   MORE

DISNEY DESTINATIONS ANNOUNCES
District sales manager Western Canada
30 AUG 2018: Tanya Idzan has joined the Disney Destinations sales team as District Sales Manager, Western Canada, covering a one year maternity leave for Angela (Stecca) Cain. Tanya has over 20 years of experience in the Travel Industry as a District Sales Manager and in travel agency sales.    MORE

UNIQUE VACATIONS CANADA ADDS TO SALES TEAM
30 AUG 2018: Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada has announced the appointment of two new members to her Outside Sales team, effective immediately.  Both new team members will be based in Western Canada to work closely with travel agents, tour operators and tourist board partners in their respective regions.  MORE

NEW SALES AND BUSINESS MANAGER FOR CONTIKI
29 AUG 2018: Contiki has announced the appointment of Brad Weiler as its new Sales and Business Development Manager for the Greater Toronto Area and Northeastern Ontario regions effective immediately. Weiler comes to his new role with extensive knowledge of the travel trade business from his time based in Australia at Unleashed Grad Trips. MORE

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

BAGINSKI TO TRAVEL INDUSTRY TODAY
18 JUN 2018: Travel Industry Today is pleased to announce that effective immediately Michael Baginski is joining the team as Editor at Large. Mike is well known and respected within the industry across Canada, the US, in the Caribbean, Mexico and many other destinations outside North America.  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
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