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.
Sarah Jackson is the new corporate sales manager at Sudima Hotels & Resorts, working alongside Leigh Higgins, the associate director of sales for the corporate market. Jackson is no stranger to the industry having held many senior sales positions across the conference, incentive, and events markets, along with a strong background and knowledge of the corporate business sector. Her work experience include sales and account management roles at SKYCITY, Stamford Plaza and The InterContinental Hotels Group. Her most recent position was contractor consultant where she headed up the Connect Hotel programme with Tourism Marketing Solutions (TMS).
Meantime Grace Averia has been appointed sales coordinator with Sudima Hotels & Resorts. Originally from the Philippines, Averia has a degree in international hospitality management, majoring in hotel administration. Her most recent experience in New Zealand includes a maître d’host and events manager role for Delamore Lodge, a luxury lodge in Waiheke Island, Auckland. Prior to that she worked as a public relations and marketing assistant for 101, a restaurant in Manila, while finishing her degree.