Fiona Love has been appointed marketing manager for Adventure World while Louise Levesque is on maternity leave.
A seasoned traveller, Love studied Spanish at university and lived in Ecuador for a year, and says South America is her favourite destination. A 10 year background in marketing, her most previous role was marketing manager at La Fuga, a cycle travel company based in London.
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.
Echo Entertainment has announced the appointment of Kelvin Dodt as general manager hotels – Queensland.
Dodt has most recently held position of general manager Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa.
He is now based on the Gold Coast overseeing the daily management, operations and refurbishment of Jupiters’ 592 room hotel and Treasury’s 130 room heritage hotel.
The Travel Corporation (TTC) has confirmed the appointment of Neil Rodgers as general manager Adventure World Australia.
After more than a decade in the travel industry, spanning roles in marketing, sales and product, Rodgers will take on management of the business in Australia, effective immediately.
Mark Pirihi has been appointed Country Manager for Cathay Pacific Airways, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, succeeding Brian Tsoi, who has been appointed Country Manager for Switzerland.
Mark Pirihi, who is currently sales and marketing manager for Cathay Pacific in New Zealand, will in July celebrate 25 years working in Cathay Pacific’s Auckland office.
Brought up in West Auckland he went to Kelston Boys High School and joined the travel industry as a cadet with Atlantic and Pacific Travel in Parnell.
He will take up his new role on 20 July 2015 and says he is looking forward to leading the local Cathay Pacific team, which includes a total of 36 in the airline’s new Parnell city office, and the airport and cargo offices.
World Journeys has appointed Joel Hiini-Neilson to its team of travel designers, working in her specialist area of Canada and Alaska product.
Hiini-Nelson has travelled extensively to Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Antarctica, China, Hawaii, and Canada/USA, and previous roles in her travel industry career have included time at Walshes World in the Land and Air departments, Frontier Travel, and HOT Product’s USA and Canada team.
Edward Kwek joins Tourism New Zealand as the new business events manager South – Southeast Asia.
Kwek has held management positions in the airline and tourism industry, most recently as regional sales director for the Melbourne Convention Bureau where he was looked after South Asia.
Tourism New Zealand plans to up weight its business events activity across Southeast Asia in 2016 with a specific focus on using joint venture trade partnership activity to attract the high value incentive business.
Chris Ingram will be joining Tourism Australia in LA as Business Events Specialist.
Ingram joins the USA team from TA’s New Zealand team where he has been Partnership Manager, with responsibility for Business Events, the past few years.
Prior to that he held senior roles with Gold Coast Tourism, Aspire Apartments & Resorts, Cook Islands Tourism and AAT Kings Tours.
Ingram and his family will relocate to LA around the end of July.