Who got a new gig this week? Check out this week’s travel industry movers & shakers below or click here to check out last week’s new appointments.

1. Meet Adventure World’s new Head of Sales

Adventure World

Adventure World is delighted to announce the appointment of Elliott Miller as their company Head of Sales. Miller is well known in the travel industry through his previous roles as Director of Sales, Australia and New Zealand for the Aman Resorts & Hotel Group and Regional Director of Sales (Australia & South Asia) for the COMO Hotel & Resort Group.

With over 20 years of travel experience, Miller has encompassed a wide range of responsibilities including brand awareness growth, sourcing new business in various regions and managing all market segments including wholesalers, travel agencies, lifestyle and concierge companies, meetings and events, corporates and TMCs.

Elliott has travelled extensively across the Adventure World destination portfolio with his highlights including a four-month stint traversing South America exploring Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay.  An active mountain climber Elliott has conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Huayna Potosi in Bolivia. Bhutan holds a special place for Elliott having travelled there five times in recent years.

Speaking about his appointment Elliott commented; “I feel like I have found my home at Adventure World, the breadth and diversity of their unique product offerings is astounding and I look forward to continue sharing that with our very valued agency communities.”


2. Meet the new WA BDM for DriveAway


DriveAway are thrilled to announce that Samantha Titley has joined our team as the Business Development Manager for Western Australia.

Having worked within the industry for 25 years in sales and marketing for cruise and coach tour operators, Sam has a world of knowledge when it comes to travel. Sam enjoys all sorts of outdoor travelling activities like ‘motorcycling, climbing, hiking, camping and of course road trips in the 4WD’, so naturally Sam will be a perfect addition to our sales team.

DriveAway’s National Industry Sales Manager, Nathan Baber says, ‘We’re very excited to have Sam join our sales team – especially given Sam’s history & experience working with our WA travel agent partners. Sam is the perfect person to be supporting our travel agents in WA’.


3. Meet The Westin Perth’s new General Manager

The Westin Perth

The Westin Perth, a new 368-room hotel slated to open in April 2018, is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Brampton as General Manager.

As General Manager, Peter will be responsible for recruiting a team of over 300 associates and managing all pre-launch activity to ensure the hotel opens to the highest standard. Upon launch, Peter will be accountable for the commercial and operating strategy and performance of the hotel.

“It’s great to be back in Australia after five years in Bali and leading the team that will open the first Westin hotel in Perth,” said Peter Brampton. “The Westin Perth will play an integral role in the revival of the city’s east end, offering visitors access to the brand’s health and well-being programming that ensures guests leave feeling better than when they arrived.”

An experienced hotelier, Peter began his career with Marriott International in 2004 as General Manager of the Brisbane Marriott Hotel. From there, Peter transferred to Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa as General Manager, before being promoted in 2009 to Cluster General Manager of Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa and Courtyard by Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort. In 2012, Peter moved to Bali to open the first Autograph Collection Hotel, in Asia Pacific, The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali.

Prior to joining Marriott, Peter had an established career with the Southern Pacific Hotel Group, working in various locations around Australia, as well as in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand.

As General Manager, Peter will report into Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand & Pacific at Marriott International.

“Peter’s extensive experience as a General Manager and proven track record successfully opening new hotels will play a vital role in the successful launch of The Westin Perth,” said Sean Hunt. “His strong leadership skills, creativity and ingenuity put Peter in a good position to open the first Westin hotel in Western Australia.”


4. Meet LUX Resorts & Hotels’ new Sales & Marketing Reps

LUX Resorts & hotels

Five star LUX* Resorts & Hotels have announced their further commitment to the Australian and New Zealand market with the appointment of i4 Travel Marketing, headed up by Anita Carr, as Sales & Marketing Representative in the region.  The appointment reinforces the brand’s undertaking to double local business in all segments by 50% in the coming 12 months, with the market continuing to rank in their top 10 source of revenue for the past 3 years in a row.

In her role with LUX* Resorts & Hotels which is initially part-time, Carr will be responsible for the growth of outbound leisure traffic to key LUX* destinations including Tea Horse Road China, Mauritius, Maldives, Reunion Island and Turkey. Carr will also support the collection’s aggressive expansion plans with the opening of six new LUX* Resorts in Vietnam, China, Reunion, Maldives and Mauritius in the next 12 months, as well as manage local partner relationships, sales calls, ongoing product and destination training, tradeshow participation and familiarisations.

Originally from Sydney, Carr brings to the role an impressive 20 year tourism pedigree, specializing in the outbound Australian and New Zealand leisure market, predominantly with luxury high-end travel products. In addition to extensive Australian experience, Carr formerly lived and worked in Dubai for 8 years as a Business Development and Sales Manager representing some of the world’s leading Destination and Management Companies.

Sydney Pierre, Worldwide Head of Sales said of the appointment: “I am glad to have Anita as part of the team to reinforce our presence in the market. The Australian and New Zealand region is important to us and we are committed to growing the business even further.”


5. Meet TTF’s new Chairman of Business Events Sydney

The Tourism and Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has welcomed the appointment of Bruce Baird AM as the new Chairman of Business Events Sydney.

TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond said Mr Baird’s experience across government, industry and not-for-profit sectors was unparalleled and would be an incredible asset to Business Events Sydney.

“As a former Chair of TTF, as well as NSW Minister, Federal Member of Parliament, Trade Commissioner and Chair of the National Rail Corporation, Bruce is eminently qualified for the role and will be a fantastic addition to Business Events Sydney,” Ms Osmond said.

“I would also like to thank the outgoing Chair, Col Hughes, for his leadership over the past decade.

“During Col’s time as Chair, Business Events Sydney played an extremely important role in establishing Sydney as Australia’s number one business event destination, securing events worth an estimated $1 billion in economic impact for the state of NSW.”

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