Aileen Cobern has been appointed to a newly created position of general manager, distribution and revenue for Choice Hotels Australasia. She will be responsible for the coordination, functional management and leadership of sales, ecommerce distribution and revenue management activities in line with Choice Hotels’ business plan.
Cobern has been at the forefront of sales and marketing for Choice Hotels for the past 16 years and steps into the role with a wealth of industry knowledge and extensive experience at Choice Hotels.
Over the past seven years, Blows has held a number of senior sales and operational positions within Rail Plus, most recently as the company’s sales manager, Victoria, based in Melbourne.She will be responsible for growing sales across the New Zealand market and will liaise closely with trade partners and undertake a range of activities to support travel consultants.
Tourism Australia has appointed John O’Sullivan as its new managing director, following the departure of Andrew McEvoy to take up a new position at Fairfax.
O’Sullivan joins Tourism Australia from Fox Sports where he is currently employed as chief operating officer. Previously he held executive positions with Events Queensland (chief executive from 2010 to 2012), and Football Federation Australia (Chief Commercial Officer from 2004 to 2010).
Aish Rangarajan has been appointed marketing manager of Tourism Malaysia New Zealand.
Rangarajan has had a variety of roles in the travel industry including senior travel consultant, services coordinator, contact centre supervisor and yield manager.
Most recently she has been with an online tourism marketing company looking after supplier relationships in the New Zealand market and growing the business through marketing campaigns and online strategies.
From New Jersey (US), Rangarajan schooled in Auckland attending Onehunga High School before heading to AUT.
Lisa Harrison has joined AOT in the role of general manager - wholesale, beginning on January 14 at AOT's Melbourne headquarters. Harrison was most recently the general mnager of where2travel (formerly trading as Harvey World Travel), an independent travel agent and a member of the Magellan Travel Group.
Departing the role is Leanne Chard who has worked with Sunlover Holidays for an impressive 32 years, and has been in the role of GM of Wholesale for AOT for the past 3 years.
AOT’s wholesale division comprises the Sunlover Holidays brand, Air New Zealand Holidays, and Territory Discoveries, which AOT will take over in February, 2014.
Serko, the Australasian online travel booking and expense management for business, has appointed Tim Bluett to the position of chief financial officer.
Bluett is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry. He has an international background, with experience working in the UK, USA, France, Caribbean and New Zealand. As a strategic leader. Prior to joining Serko, he spent five years with Telecom New Zealand as CFO Technology & Shared Services, CFO Telecom Retail, and more recently as Acting Group CFO.
Bluett took up the position of CFO on September last year and is based in Serko’s global head office in Auckland.
She will also work on other events in the ProMag Publishing portfolio, including Convene Queensland.
AOT has appointed Carmel Beattie as its Cook Islands representative, signalling the group's first time presence in the nation.
Beattie's previous roles have included manager international at Tourism Queensland and group manager international at Tourism NSW as well as positions with the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Olympic Park. In 2010 she relocated to the Cook Islands where she spent a period as CEO of the Cook Island Tourism Corporation.Beattie will be based at the Rarotonga International Airport and will be responsible for negotiating and contracting Cook Island products for Air New Zealand Holidays, AOT Inbound and ATS Pacific.
'Held in high regard on the international tourism stage, his reputation and the success he achieved for Fiji’s tourism precedes him,' says Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau board chairman, Moses Tepai. 'We are confident Jo’s leadership and expertise will play a critical role in achieving our goals and managing the strategies intended to take the future of our tourism industry to a whole new level.'
Tuamoto's previous roles included overseas experience with the national tourist office based in Sydney and three years in Los Angeles, prior to his appointment as CEO in 2008. On the marketing front, Tuamoto took management responsibility for the international repositioning of Fiji tourism under the successful ‘Fiji Me’ branding.
His commercial experience includes a director of commercial operations role with Fiji-based Blue Lagoon Cruises. Since leaving Tourism Fiji Tuamoto has been operating as a senior consultant to government bodies and major private sector organisations in several countries across the South Pacific region.
Ragigia (Gia) Dawai is groups sales and marketing manager with the Raffles Group of Hotels & Resorts, a role she commenced on October 28.
Dawai was previously with Tourism Fiji New Zealand, where she was regional marketing officer for five years and her key responsibilities for the Raffles Group include liaising with global market representatives on sales and marketing initiatives; overseeing the reservations, sales and events departments; reviewing and overhauling on-property marketing materials; facilitating training to improve customer service as well as assisting with local inbound and local sales.
Lambert comes to Mondo from Carnival NZ (P&O, Princess, Cunard) where she was national accounts and product coordinator for four years. Her previous roles have been with South Africa Airlines as sales representative and prior to that with Flight Centre Marketing and Infinity Holidays as longhaul product coordinator.
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