It’s been a big week in the travel industry with people moving up and on from previous positions into new and exciting gigs, we call them our movers & shakers.

So, find out who got a new gig this week by checking out this week’s travel industry Movers & Shakers below or clicking here to check out last week’s new appointments.


1. Meet… Adelaide Sightseeing’s Conference, Event & Groups Manager


Adelaide Sightseeing Tours and Charters, part of the SeaLink Travel Group, has just appointed Tania Dalton as Business Development Executive for the conference and event sector, as well as managing direct group bookings and corporate relationships.

Tania has been employed with the SeaLink Travel Group for almost two years in the position of Business Development Executive for Adelaide Sightseeing and prior to that spent seven years in Business Development in the finance sector.

In her new Business Development Executive role, Tania looks forward to using her experience to further develop relationships with those involved in the conference and event sector.

“Over the last year or two we have noticed huge growth in conference and event visitors to South Australia.  As both a transport and tour provider, we are well placed to be able to offer organisers a one-stop-shop for their touring and chartering needs,” says Tania.

“My new role gives me the opportunity to work closer with event organisers to find the most efficient way of providing transport and touring options for delegates. Currently we take all of the leg work out of transportation and booking of activities for private touring, saving organisers from having to do the ring around to multiple venues. Now we are working hard to provide systems to take the co-ordination of these delegate bookings off organisers’ plates giving them more time to work on the event itself,” Continues Tania.


2. Meet… Goldman Group’s new Cruise Manager

Leighton Schembri, Cruise Manager for Goldman Group

The Goldman Travel Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Leighton Schembri as its new Cruise Manager, further strengthening the company’s expertise in Australia’s rapidly-growing cruise sector.

Formerly of Travel the World, where he was managed product and business development for Cruise Guru and Qantas Cruises, Mr Schembri will be based in the group’s Bondi Junction office.

With a remit to work across all Goldman Travel Group agencies, which are experiencing a significant increase in demand from cruise-savvy customers, Mr Schembri will be involved in training, sales and marketing and supplier liaison, as well as the further development and roll-out of the Group’s recently acquired brand, The Cruise Centre.

Joint Managing Director of Goldman Travel Group, Mr Anthony Goldman, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Leighton to this newly created role, which will see both our clients and existing staff benefit from his extensive personal cruising experience, which will be the ideal complement to our in-depth knowledge of the luxury travel market.

“With the number of Australians seeking out diverse, distinctive and more exotic cruising destinations, as well as high-end, luxurious experiences at sea, we’re looking forward to expanding our reach in this niche area through both our The Cruise Centre acquisition, and the appointment of sector-leading professionals, such as Leighton.”


3. Meet… Helloworld Travel Limited’s Head of Retail Business Systems

Helloworld Travel

Helloworld Travel Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Damian Sutton to the role Head of Retail Business Systems.

Damian joins Helloworld Travel Limited with over 15 years’ experience in leading high performing business systems and software delivery teams. His most recent role was as Chief Technology Officer at Excite Holidays and prior to that was Product Manager and Technical Lead at Damian has more than 10 years’ experience building innovative technology solutions for the travel industry.

Group General Manager – Global Sales & Business Systems for Helloworld Travel Limited Peter Prowse welcomed Damian to the role.

“We are thrilled to have Damian join us at Helloworld Travel Limited as he brings with him a vast array of experience and expertise from within the Travel Industry systems space. His insight and technical knowledge will assist us in continuing to innovate and build momentum across the various key strategic business initiatives.”

Damian commenced in the role October 30 and will be based in North Sydney.


4. Meet… Travel Trade Recruitment’s Managing Director APAC

Movers feature

Travel Trade Recruitment (Australia) announces promotion of Sarah Johnson to Managing Director (Asia-Pacific)

Travel Trade Recruitment have announced the promotion of Sales Director, Sarah Johnson to the position of Managing Director (Asia-Pacific), based in the companies Sydney office.

“Sarah has been a key member of the Travel Trade Recruitment team in Sydney for the last six years, and we are delighted to recognise her efforts, success and commitment to a high quality professional service,” said Group CEO, Andrew Cole in announcing the appointment.

“Sarah’s’ wealth of experience and understanding of the Australian travel recruitment industry, will help ensure we build on the success and reputation we have already achieved in Australia and help further expand our services across the Asia pacific region.”

Sarah has spent the last eight years working for Travel Trade Recruitment having previously enjoyed a  very successful career working in various sectors of the travel industry, both in Sydney and the UK.

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