Contiki NZ general manager Tony Laskey has a new role taking responsibility for Contiki Asia’s sales and marketing activities alongside his NZ role.
Laskey continues to be Auckland-based in his new position as regional director sales & marketing but will be spending time in Asia working with Contiki’s team to grow the outbound youth travel market from the key Asian markets.
Laskey has been Contiki NZ general manager since 2007 and has previously worked as a tour manager and sales manager for Contiki in Europe. With the increased responsibilities of his expanded Contiki role, he is stepping down as the local president of the Visit USA committee.
Lea has come from the weddings and groups department at House of Travel Wholesale and has also worked in its South Pacific team. She has also worked in retail world at Flight Centre Bondi Beach.
Known for his 10-year stint as the chairman of Fonterra, Sir Henry brings extensive experience with him when he steps into the position. He is also chairman of Tainui Group Holdings Ltd, and a director of several companies including Pascaro Investments Ltd, Rabobank New Zealand Ltd and Rabobank Australia Ltd.
Jacqui Timmins is the new director for the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne and the China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM). She takes the reins from former Director of AIME, Sally de Swart, who has managed the event since 2011.
Timmins brings with her over 25 years travel industry experience and has previously held the position of General Manager for Travelscene American Express, as well as senior management positions at Stella Travel Services and Qantas Airways. She has managed events including Travelscene American Express onshore and offshore conferences, Qantas Platinum Club and Qantas Holidays Achievers events and has sat on the boards of the Australia Federation of Travel Agents and Travelscene American Express.
Akshay Singh is the new general manager sales, marketing and reservations at Pacific Resort Hotel Group, Cook Islands. Singh was previously at Flight Centre in key product and marketing roles, and understands the travel dynamics and trends in the market. He also brings a wealth of experience working with the South Pacific and specifically the Cook Islands.
Wayne Deed has been appointed regional director New Zealand with Tourism Fiji. He has been regional manager for Destination New South Wales and before that was with GO Holidays' senior executive team as product and marketing manager for the Pacific Islands, Australia and GO Sports and Events.
He will be based in Auckland and will work with Tourism Fiji regional marketing officer Ragigia Dawai and Tourism Fiji regional information officer Olivia Bolatagici. Rick Hamilton, chief executive officer at Tourism Fiji says Deed is a well respected industry professional, bringing with him more than 20 years' experience.
RACV Royal Pines Resort has appointed David Hogben, former Troon Golf director of operations for Australia and the Pacific, as general manager, golf and sport.
James Beadman joins the resort as sales manager, golf and sports, having previously been at Indooroopilly as retail sales manager for the past 18 months.
The new appointments have come about as the resort heads into the biggest golf period in its 23-year history, including hosting the Jeep PGA Tour Event in August, the Hi-Lite Pro-Am in October, the Australian PGA in November and the Australian Ladies Masters early next year.
Mary Gee is the new Thailand marketing assistant in New Zealand with Francis Travel Marketing. She starts June 10 and comes from Orbit Travel Parnell.
Veronica Rainbird has re-joined Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Australia and New Zealand team to take up the newly created position of general manager – trade relations and partnerships. In line with the recently announced 2020 Vision for Dubai Tourism, the role has been introduced to increase the destination’s market share within Australia and New Zealand. Julie King, DTCM Australia and New Zealand director says Rainbird was a key player in DTCM’s successful launch into the market in 2010 and will be instrumental in implementing our plans moving forward.She has extensive experience in hotels, convention bureaus, tourism boards in New South Wales and Queensland and retail travel agency groups.
She will be based in Sydney.
Second year Crown Institute student Cracencia Josephmary is this year’s New Caledonia Tourism Scholarship winner. After completing a Certificate Course which included Tourism Core Skills and Travel Level 3 & 4 National Certificates last year, Josephmary is working towards her Level 5 Tourism Management Diploma.
Josephmary will work closely with New Caledonia Tourism attending various trade events, industry shows and be based in the offices in Parnell one day a week.
'It is always good to be able to put something back into the industry and to be able to work closely with a significant industry partner like Crown Institute of Studies' says general manager New Caledonia Tourism Simon Duffy. 'These young people are the tour operators, travel agents, customer service staff, hotel managers and potential NTO general managers of the future so it is important that they are well nurtured by the industry during their studies.'
Head of School Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Business at Crown Institute of Studies, Leanne Annabell says Josephmary was chosen from a group of eight of her classmates and is the fifth recipient of this inaugural scholarship.
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