Leaving travel for fitness

Thursday, 04 April 2019 23:58

After 11 years at STA Travel, New Zealand country manager Sarah Bedford has resigned to take up a global marketing role for Les Mills International.

Familiar airline face joins TN

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 01:19

Air Tahiti Nui has appointed well known aviation professional Grant Sinclair as sales and marketing manager.

Inspiring Vacations' NZ BDM

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:11

Inspiring Vacations has appointed Alka Thapar as national business development manager. Inspiring Vacations is 100% Australian owned and has operated since 2017.

Woods to Jet Park

Monday, 18 March 2019 23:27

Steve Woods has started a new role at Jet Park Hotels as director of marketing, distribution and sales.

Bain joins South Sea Cruises

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 01:53

South Sea Cruises has appointed Chris Bain as business development executive to its Australian-based team.

New BDM with Scenic

Friday, 08 March 2019 00:53

Scenic Hotel Group has appointed Michelle Geale, nee Weir, to the Auckland based role of business development manager.

New GM at Hotel Indigo Bali

Monday, 18 February 2019 22:41

Jean Hélière is the new general manager at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach.

Familiar face to lead global DMC here

Monday, 18 February 2019 22:15

Multinational destination management company, Liberty International Tourism Group has launched into the Pacific region, naming Eugene de Villiers as its CEO for Australia and New Zealand.

New faces with Fuzion

Monday, 28 January 2019 22:49

Five experienced consultants have recently joined the ranks of Fuzion Travel.

New at Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

Friday, 18 January 2019 01:11

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism (HWT) has two new directors – Steve Gow and Richard Leggatt on the board.


Tony Laskey to Service IQ

Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:53

Tony Laskey has resigned from his position as director of marketing and communications in New Zealand with The Travel Corporation – 21 years after he started with Contiki in the UK.
His last day will be Friday 25 January and he will start his new role as general manager industry engagement with Service IQ, the industry training organisation for aviation, hospitality, museums, retail, travel and tourism, soon after.
Laskey began his career with Contiki UK/Ireland early in 1998 and continued as a European trip manager before moving back to New Zealand. He became Contiki NZ's general manager in 2007 and subsequent roles included heading up the Contiki Asia sales and marekting team and establishing the mutli-brand TTC NZ marketing and communications team.

New faces at Tempo, Bentours

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:59

The Auckland team at Tempo Holidays and Bentours has a fresh look, with three new team members joining over the past few weeks.
One, Jo Rees, is a ‘returnee’ who worked with the company for some eight years before stints at House of Travel and Viva Expeditions / Chimu Adventures.
Sarah Beedell has joined after three and a half years at Flight Centre, while Yvette McKinnon is also in the Auckland office having had an airline background with Japan Airlines and Singapore Airlines, and a stint in retail travel before that.

Basham on the go

Monday, 05 November 2018 22:22

On The Go Tours has announced Dennis Basham as new global head of Industry Sales.


FCNZ’s GM product

Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:29

Flight Centre NZ Ltd has appointed Victoria Courtney to the position of general manager product.


Melanie moves on from QR

Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:51

Melanie Watson is moving on from her role as commercial manager New Zealand in the Auckland office of Qatar Airways.


SeaLink appoints CMO

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:21

SeaLink Travel Group has appointed Donna Gauci in the newly created position of chief marketing officer (CMO).


Outrigger appointment

Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:33

Outrigger Enterprises Group has appointed Scott Miyasato as senior vice president and general counsel, reporting to Outrigger Hotels and Resorts’ CEO Jeff Wagoner and serving as a member of the company’s executive team. Miyasato will head Outrigger’s legal department and support the company by representing its interests in a portfolio of legal matters. Miyasato comes to Outrigger from Hawaiian Airlines, where he served as its associate general counsel with a focus on commercial transactions

Walker runs with new role

Friday, 05 October 2018 01:49

Flight Centre (NZ) Ltd has appointed Heidi Walker to the position of Peopleworks Leader.


New Tourism Fiji MM

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:03

Sarah Atkinson is the new marketing manager New Zealand, in the Tourism Fiji Auckland office.


New face for PAL

Friday, 28 September 2018 02:08

Israel Fontanilla is the new area manager New Zealand with Philippine Airlines.


New face at GO C&I

Monday, 24 September 2018 21:00

Sandy Botterill is the new general manager at GO C&I. Among other things, she will be focusing on growth strategies for the business, further meeting clients’ needs and innovations.


Exotic welcomes new BDM

Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:34

Janet Shankland joins Exotic Holidays as its new Auckland based business development manager.


New at SeaLink

Thursday, 13 September 2018 23:34

Danae Schmid is the new national sales and key account manager at SeaLink Travel Group.


New for Maher

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:15

With a relocation to Wanaka, a newly appointed business manager, and a selection of new tours and destinations Maher Escorted Tours reports it is gearing up for an exciting 2019 tour programme.

New at Rocky Mountaineer

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 22:38

Rocky Mountaineer has appointed Ben Gorman as sales manager, Australia and New Zealand.

Wins for TTC NZ

Friday, 31 August 2018 03:31

The Travel Corporation NZ has returned home from last week’s global conferences as ‘top of the class’ amongst worldwide colleagues of Insight Vacations and Contiki.

Dan new man at CI

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:06

Dan Khanna is the new account manager with China Airlines.

New face at FJ in NZ

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:44

Sheryn Ambler has recently been appointed business development manager for Fiji Airways in New Zealand, working alongside Kate Adams.

Thomas takes the Back-Roads

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:00

Thomas Gentz, well known for a long stint at Air New Zealand, is now business development manager – New Zealand at Back-Roads Touring.

House of Travel Taupo 20 years on

Monday, 13 August 2018 20:12

A move by clients back to travel agencies is one of the trends being shared by House of Travel Taupo.

New to World Journeys

Thursday, 09 August 2018 23:07

World Journeys has added Emma McCormick to its team of travel designers, to specialise in South and Central America.

On the move

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:30

Cheryl Dunleavy is now with Sutton & Turner Travel Associates. She was previously with Flight Centre Hunters Corner, Flight Centre Manukau & Flight Centre Howick.

New GM in Nelson

Monday, 06 August 2018 21:59

Alexander Siebentritt is general manager of Rutherford Hotel Nelson – A Heritage Hotel.

BDE for South Sea Cruises

Thursday, 02 August 2018 22:53

South Sea Cruises has appointed Hannah Jones as business development executive – New Zealand to its Auckland based team.

From Telex to TAAP...

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:11

Having Ruth Dixon recall her time in the travel industry can sometimes sound like a ‘who’s who’ in the airline sector.

New GM at Coronet Peak

Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:35

Matthew Christensen is the new general manager for Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak.

People moves at Haka

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:07

Toby Butland is now head of marketing, Haka Tourism Group. Butland kicked of his career as both marketing manager and guide for Franz Josef Glacier Guides, before heading up marketing for tour operator TrekAmerica in the UK. Coming back home to NZ, he had a stint as brand manager at Avis Budget Group, before joining Haka Tours.


Meantime, Chris Bain, sales manager, Haka Tourism Group has moved to Brisbane with the company. Before joining Haka he was with Flight Centre NZ and following that spent two years with Coconuts Travel Marketing. He is tasked with the expansion of Haka Tourism Group’s wholesale and retail global partnerships.

New MD at Best Western

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:03

Graham Perry has been appointed managing director of Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Australasia. He was most recently chief executive officer, Inland NSW while previous roles include CEO See Australia, CEO Traveland, managing director Classifieds at Fairfax Media and managing director Utell International.

New face at FTM

Monday, 16 July 2018 21:05

Tracy Harris is the new business development executive for Francis Travel Marketing.


Residing in Ashburton, she has worked for the past five years with Ballance AgriNutrients as an On Farm Sales Representative and Social Media Ambassador. Harris will be covering the South Island and lower North Island.

Waikato agent retires

Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:39

Well known Waikato agent Lynne Moore is retiring from travel after 18 years of owning and operating Harvey World Travel Dinsdale and The Travel Directors.

Globus names MD Australasia

Monday, 09 July 2018 22:54

The Globus family of brands has announced that long-time travel industry executive, Gai Tyrrell, will take the helm as managing director for the company’s Australasia office in mid-August. Tyrrell most recently held the positions of regional director for Australia and New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines and Vice President and CEO, Sabre Pacific.

Rocky Mountaineer appoints director

Friday, 06 July 2018 00:57

Rocky Mountaineer has announced the appointment of Amber Wilson as director of sales for the Australian and New Zealand markets.

WRD's eco-conscious CEO

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:46

World Resorts of Distinction has announced the appointment of sustainable travel advocate and industry virtuoso, Tess Willcox, as owner and CEO.

TTC’s new appointments

Thursday, 28 June 2018 23:05

The Travel Corporation has announced the appointment of a new sales manager for the South Island, Tracey Brown. Brown brings with her a vast amount of on road, travel retail and leadership experience.

World Resorts appoints MM

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:38

World Resorts of Distinction (WRD) has appointed Nina Richards to the role of resort marketing manager.

Make sure self drive clients’ licenses current

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:20

Travel agents are being urged to remind self driving clients to ensure their NZ driving licenses are not past expiry date and also to check whether these clients need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Sarah Hunter GM of GO Holidays

Monday, 18 June 2018 21:27

Sarah Hunter has been appointed general manager, GO Holidays in New Zealand. Hunter recently returned to New Zealand after nearly seven years in the UAE where she completed her MBA with Strathclyde University, before taking up a senior leadership role within dnata’s B2C Middle East and India travel business.


Reporting to head of wholesale & inbound, Cinzia Burnes, Hunter will be charged with maximising GO Holiday’s B2B relationships to position them as the wholesaler of choice for New Zealand’s retail travel industry. For Hunter, there will be a ring of familiarity to the role, having previously headed up GO Holidays and worked with the business through the mid 90’s up until 2010. Hunter says however that this is ‘very much a new chapter, as opposed to a return.’ Hunter will commence her new role on 16 July based in the Auckland offices.

Retail rookie gives starter’s tops

Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:07

Having a passion for selling travel, a commercial background and the guidance of mentors are the keys for a good start in the industry, says Tracey LeeLewis, of helloworld Waipukurau.


Lee-Lewis is a finalist in the TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards 2018 and has been in the travel industry for nine months. She says that having travelled across the world, ‘though there are still many stones unturned,’ she is passionate about making others’ dreams comes true. ‘And working as a lawyer for the 10 years prior to my entry into the travel industry has given me a good commercial understanding of how a successful business operates. Plus with the help and guidance of an inspiring mentor – the helloworld family – I have been able to hit the ground running.’ She says holidays to Australia and the South Pacific are ‘bread and butter’ business. ‘But we also have a strong cruising clientele, river cruising in particular. My involvement in the running of the business will allow my business partner (and mother, Ellen Lee) to focus on tours and escorted group travel.

Change of ownership at WRD

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:04

World Resorts of Distinction has a change of ownership.

Southcombe seeks new Travel Advocates

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 22:47

Mike Southcombe from Travel Advocates is hitting the road to talk to people considering becoming a Personal Travel Manager. His journeys will take him to main centres and towns in regions across New Zealand.

New brand manager at Treble Cone

Thursday, 31 May 2018 23:09

Richard Birkby is joining Wanaka ski area Treble Cone as Brand Manager. An experienced marketer with 20 years’ experience working for internationally renowned brands in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, Birkby starts his new role in mid-June. 


He moved to Wanaka from Sydney, where he worked for leading advertising and marketing agency HOST, nearly five years ago because he wanted to spend more time skiing. In his fiqrst year in Wanaka he commuted weekly to Auckland where he was group business director for world-class creative agency Colenso BBDO, before spending three years as head of brand and marketing at Wanaka-based Mons Royale.

Recognition of brokers key

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:19

Seeing brokers accepted as true professionals in the travel industry has been one of the most significant (and satisfying) developments for Dave Wallace, who retires as general manager of Travel Managers Group at the end of this year.

Mondo, Motueka and more: Ross Manson moving on

Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:32

Former TAANZ board member and SKAL Auckland president Ross Manson is leaving the travel industry (at least for now) and moving from Auckland to Nelson, where his career began.

Thirty years a Flightie – part two

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:01

Two Flight Centre stalwarts are celebrating 30 years with the company next month – and though their careers within the company have gone in different directions there was an early cross over in their paths. Lynaire (Harry) Monnery is a Flight Centre Travel Broker, based in Thorndon, Wellington. (TRAVELinc Memo published her story last Friday, 11 May.) Sue Matson is national leader – retail brands with the Fight Centre Travel Group based in Wellington.


Sue Matson

Sue Matson started with the company at what was originally called Wellington Flight Centre. ‘This was the same name as a flying school based at the airport, which was a bit of an issue when people called to ask if we could teach them to fly – but of course we could! That shop is still operating – it’s changed names and locations a few times and now sits on Willis Street.’ Matson says she was a travel consultant who ‘started knowing nothing and learnt something every day for the six years I spent on the front line.’ Matson has been with Flight Centre Travel Group since then but has had (at last count) something like 10 different jobs in the 30 years. ‘Each one of those roles has taken me out of my comfort zone and challenged my personal belief in my abilities. FCTG has had a knack at believing in me before I have believed in myself and I guess I’ve gone on to prove them right. Anything is possible when someone believes in you and that’s very rewarding.’


Matson says challenges over the years have varied depending on her role. ‘In the front line, customers are the biggest challenge and the greatest reward. Once you realise it is all about building strong and personal relationships with your customers, then you will always find success. It’s about integrity and trust… and a bit of humour.’ In support roles customers ultimately remain the focus she says. ‘However our (Flight Centre) people become the challenge and the joy. The frustration can be where people don’t see the potential in their situation or themselves but the joy and reward is when they get it – and they start to see great personal success and – wow, how they grow. Matson says the leisure travel industry will always be about making the customer experience ‘more and more fabulous – both before, during and after the trip. ‘Technology will play a massive part in bringing all those pieces together, but I feel we will move more towards intimate and rewarding one on one relationships between customers and travel experts. If you ask any customer who has relied upon the skills, knowledge and relationship with a great travel expert over a number of years they will say having this relationship is what makes it work for them.’