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.
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.’
Bruce Moffat, newly appointed general manager of Experience Mid Canterbury, says he has been missing the travel and tourism sectors since he left Virgin Australia in 2013.
‘I am really pleased to back in the industry,’ he says.
Moffat, based in Ashburton, replaces Nigel Birt, who moved on after six years in the role and who is now pursuing personal business interests.
‘I have been left a great platform to work on,’ says Moffat. ‘My first focus is on getting the local community to understand the importance of tourism and then to expand that into the greater Canterbury network, to let them know what is on their doorstep.
‘Thirdly we’ll be taking the message global. With China Southern Airlines coming into Christchurch in December and other international airlines such as Virgin and Emirates operating out of there we see some great opportunities.’
The region includes Methven, famous for its skiing and scenic offerings and Moffat says he will be focusing on promoting the district as a whole. He intends visiting Australia and later China to talk with the trade there about how they can work closely with operators in Mid Canterbury, especially in the wholesale area.
Moffat was regional sales manager New Zealand with Virgin Australia between from 2005 until March 2013. Before that, he was with Sabre Pacific for eight and a half years. For the last couple of years he has dabbled in real estate and other sectors.
Melissa Devine-Collins will join the Novotel New Plymouth Hobson as sales and marketing manager from late October. Devine-Collins has 15 years of experience in event management leading the events activity for New Plymouth District Council across a number of major and community events. She will oversee the opening of the Novotel and build relationships with both current and new clients.
Libby Baron has been appointed the new marketing and partnerships manager at Southern Discoveries. She will implement marketing strategies across predominantly offline platforms and activity.
Baron joins Southern Discoveries from Destination Queenstown, where she worked as its communications and media executive. From her time at DQ, she’s gained a strong understanding of the tourism industry domestically and internationally.
She has been in Queenstown just over three years.
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.
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 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.