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New at World Journeys

Elly Wealthall has joined World Journeys as a travel designer, replacing Kirstin Dawson who leaves to pursue opportunities in Australia. Wealthall comes from a sales role with Trafalgar, and prior to that in the House of Travel adventure wholesale team.

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Contiki's new sales executive

Bridget Upton has joined the team at Contiki, replacing Sam Morrah who has transferred to Contiki Australia.

Upton has been with Contiki for six years as a trip manager and also spent a year working with both Trafalgar and AAT Kings.

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Stanton to Travelport

Wendy Stanton is the new commercial manager for Travelport Pacific, based in Auckland.

A seasoned industry expert, Stanton was previously general manager for Acrossia and has also worked for airline GSA company The Walshe Group, managing various accounts including Royal Brunei Airlines.

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Tracy Martin DOSM Sofitel NZ

Tracy Martin is Director of Sales and Marketing for Sofitel New Zealand.  Based at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Tracy will be responsible for the overall sales and marketing leadership for the Sofitel brand in New Zealand, including the openings of the upcoming Sofitel Wellington and Sofitel So Auckland.

Martin has extensive hospitality sales and marketing experience, particularly within the five star luxury hotel market.  She was most recently director of sales for Accor in the Auckland Region where her role saw her develop and manage several key accounts for Sofitel New Zealand.

Martin’s hotel career started in South Africa in 1990 and progressed into the luxury market with Red Carnation Collection as sales and marketing manager for the five star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town,  followed by time as group sales & marketing manager for the award winning Mantis Collection, also based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Chris Greive to head Flight Centre

Chris Greive has been appointed managing director, Flight Centre (NZ) Ltd. Greive headed FLT’s New Zealand business from 1990 to 2004 and also sat on FLT’s global board as an executive director from 2001 to 2004. He succeeds Mike Friend who is transferring to Canada as vice-president of product and wholesale.

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On the GO

Jess Ogg has joined the GO C&I team. She recently returned from living in Dubai and prior to this, she had been involved in the New Zealand events industry, responsible for conference and incentive groups travelling to destinations such Argentina, Australia, Beijing, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Las Vegas and Vancouver.

Ogg has also lived in Rarotonga, where she worked in weddings and events.

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Macfarlane to Jucy

Global tourism group, JUCY has appointed Zoe Macfarlane to head of marketing.

With a strong tourism and insurance background, Macfarlane has recently held positions at Allianz Global Assistance and Marketing and 1Cover Travel Insurance.

She also over seven years in high level product management positions at GO Holidays, Adventure World and Travel Indochina.

Social media will be an important part of Macfarlane's portfolio. Currently JUCY has over 29,000 Facebook fans, 8,000 Twitter followers and nearly two million YouTube views.

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New at Sofitel Bangkok

Chanelle Garvey has been appointed to the position of sales and marketing director at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.

Garvey has spent the previous seven years directing the sales and marketing efforts at the Sofitel Brisbane Central and then the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. She has a multi-segment background including running substantial MICE-related commercial operations.

Since breaking into the hospitality industry in 1991, Garvey has also worked for the Sheraton, Stamford and Radisson hotel chains.

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New GM at NEXT Hotel Brisbane

Russell Durnell has just been appointed general manager of NEXT Hotel, Brisbane.

Opening in September 2014, the 304 room property is located in Queen Street Mall and has been designed specifically to address the needs of the business traveller.

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Andrews GM at Castaway

Steven Andrews is the new general manager of Castaway Island Fiji. Andrews joined Castaway Island as manager operations in 2005 and in 2012 was promoted to the position of resort manager.

Previously he has held positions of assistant resort manager and resort manager at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji Island Resort.


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Destination NSW appointment

Penny La Belle is marketing executive, New Zealand with Destination NSW. La Belle has a wealth of experience in finance, administration support, and marketing support, with ten years’ tourism industry experience.

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Lassig to Daydream

Grace Lassig is the new director of sales for Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays.

Her most current role in North Queensland was at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort where she was director of sales and marketing and has more than 10 years experience in sales and business development roles within the hospitality industry in Australia and New Zealand.

She previously held roles at Mirvac Hotels and Resorts, far North Queensland, Hideway Resorts - Dunk Island and Bedarra Island; The Westin Auckland and Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa.

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