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Milena’s Malaysia move

Monday, 18 January 2016 17:51

Milena Bossa has a new role as sales representative with Malaysia Airlines based in Auckland. She was previously sales executive with Thai Airways International for four years and eight months and before that was with LAN for about seven years. Bossa, who started her new job yesterday, will be in contact with agents and is also responsible for the corporate sector.

Geary to rep Pacifc

Monday, 11 January 2016 12:24

Well-known travel industry personality Mike Geary has established his own marketing representation company – Eye 4 Travel.

Geary has more than 30 years experience in South Pacific product development and marketing (25 years at GO Holidays and eight years at House of Travel). Eye 4 Travel will focus on growth strategies for hotels, resorts and related tourism products within the South Pacific region, targeting the New Zealand outbound market.

Geary says his services can be tailor-made to suit client needs – full or part time marketing and representation presence in the New Zealand market or assistance with a one-off project. He is currently building up a portfolio of six non-conflicting resorts across two or three island destinations.

Cornelius to AccorHotels

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:28

Tricia Cornelius has the new role of regional director of sales and marketing for Queensland and Northern Territory with AccorHotels.

She joins AccorHotels from Starwood Hotels and

Resorts where she spent the last 12 years in key leadership roles, culminating in her becoming the director of global sales Australia.

Kiwis in the industry will remember her as the director of global sales New Zealand at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

After that Cornelius was director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Noosa Resorts.

She will begin her new role with AccorHotels on 23 November 2015.

Kennedy markets Ruapehu region

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:21

Visit Ruapehu has appointed Jo Kennedy as marketing manager. Based in Auckland, Kennedy is responsible for further developing the brand, online and trade presence of the Ruapehu region and will report directly to general manager Claire McKnight, who is based in Ohakune.
Kennedy is a familiar face in the aviation and travel industry, with 15 years at Air New Zealand in the role of domestic and Pacific product and pricing manager, and the last two years contracted to Niue Island as its New Zealand based marketing manager.
‘I loved every minute of my journey with Niue, and it will always have a place in my heart,’ she says. ‘I’m now really excited about a New Zealand region to call my own and the opportunity to promote the mind-blowing assets that are in the Ruapehu district. We’ve got two National Parks, three mountains, the third longest river in New Zealand, a bunch of Hobbit filming locations, two of DOC’s Great Walks and two of the NZ Cycle Trails - that’s just the start of it.’

Southcombe to ServiceIQ

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:16

Mike Southcombe has recently joined ServiceIQ, ITO in the service sector.

Southcombe has many years’ experience in the retail travel industry, including manager of the Travel Managers Group which he founded in 2002.

In his new role, he is managing key accounts and developing new business in the travel and tourism sector.

Southcombe’s first priority is to help experienced consultants working at TAANZ bonded agencies to achieve recognition of their skills by gaining the National Certificate in Travel Level 4.

Lani Strathearn at ACB

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 08:52

Adelaide Convention Bureau has appointed Lani Strathearn as business development executive and representative for the New Zealand Market. She joins the bureau from venue management experience on Vancouver Island, and also a strong background in tourism having performed roles with Flight Centre and the hostel sector. She replaces Gemma Nelson who has moved to another role at the bureau.

Viresh Mathur to Heritage

Monday, 25 May 2015 16:18

Viresh Mathur is the new operations manager, Heritage Boutique Collection. He was most recently hotel manager at City Life Wellington for three years and before that was executive assistant manager at Heritage Christchurch. He started his career with the group at City Life Auckland.

Akash Sood has stepped into the hotel manager’s role at City Life Wellington. He was previously at James Cook Hotel.

Jo Meredith to HOT Events

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:59

HOT Events is back in Auckland, opening an office to be headed by account manager Jo Meredith. Although the head office is based in Christchurch, a substantial number of HOT Events’ key clients are Auckland based.

Meredith has previously worked as a professional conference organiser for Event Dynamics, sales manager for the SKYCITY Entertainment Group and as an event manager for The Edge (now Auckland Live).

HOT Events is the conference and incentive event division of the House of Travel Group.

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