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. Lisa Golding joins The Appointment Group

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The Appointment Group – Asia Pacific has announced the appointment of Lisa Golding as Operations Manager – Global Events APAC.

Lisa brings over 20 years experience as a Travel and Events director in the events and conference industry in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

She has honed her skills across event management, creative production, account management and marketing. She has worked for global event agencies delivering off-shore incentives, national conferences, launches and events for an enviable list of clients and adds this phenomenal experience to The Appointment Group Events team.

As part of her new role, she will oversee a strong team specializing in incentive travel, creative conferencing and one-off events, gala dinners, recognition events and team building activities. Lisa’s motto is to ensure creativity, fun, and always come in on budget.

“We are delighted to have Lisa join us.  Her international experience, reputation in the industry and execution of creative events, not to mention her energy and passion are what drives us at The Appointment Group and allows us to continue to deliver exceptional results for our clients,” said Laura Tucker, General Manager for The Appointment Group, Global Events, Asia Pacific.


2. New Director of Sales & Marketing, New Zealand, Fiji & French Polynesia at AccorHotels

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AccorHotels New Zealand is pleased to announce that Kerrie Hannaford has been appointed as the new Director of Sales & Marketing, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, based in Auckland.

Kerrie replaces Sonya Rossiter who has recently relocated to AccorHotels Singapore Office in a newly created role, joining the Accor Plus team.

Spanning an impressive career within the AccorHotels network globally, Kerrie began her career in 2005 as Director of Sales & Marketing at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. Kerrie then moved to Australia in the role of National Director of Sales, Distribution & Revenue Management.

In 2010, Kerrie moved to the United States as the Vice President of Global Sales where she expanded Le Club AccorHotels loyalty programme in North America, and implemented regional and global sales and distribution strategies. Most recently, Kerrie was based in Florida and responsible for a team of 75 employees as Senior Vice President for North & Central America.

Senior Vice President Operations, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, Gillian Millar said, “I am delighted to welcome Kerrie Hannaford to the AccorHotels team in New Zealand with her undeniable global industry knowledge as a veteran hotelier.”

“Kerrie’s impressive career is a testament to the mobility and development opportunities that come with being part of such a large operator like AccorHotels. I look forward to working closely with Kerrie and furthering the presence of AccorHotels in the Pacific region.”


3. Wendy Wu Tours appoints Jan Ta’ale as Operations Manager

Australia’s leading Asia tour operator Wendy Wu Tours is delighted to announce the appointment of Jan Ta’ale to the role of Operations Manager.

Jan joins the Wendy Wu Tours team with an extensive background within the travel industry with a specialisation in operations, reservations and “hands-on” experience in managing system changes.  Over the past 12 years, Jan has held management positions with companies such as Newmans, Garuda Orient Holidays, Jet Abroad, Explore Holidays, Carlson Marketing Worldwide and Skimax.

On the appointment, Jan said: “I’m so proud to be joining the Wendy Wu Tours team, who have such an excellent reputation in the industry. I look forward to utilising my experience to project the Operations Team into an exciting new era.”


4. CruiseCo appoints new Chief Executive

Cruiseco Directors Kevin Dale and Phil Hoffmann have announced Amanda McClelland as the new Cruiseco CEO replacing Steve Lloyd who is retiring, having held the role since the company’s foundation in 2000.

McClelland comes to the company following extensive senior management experience in call centre management and telecommunications services.  Most recently she was Director of Customer Sales and Services as well as Director for Business Improvement at P&O Australia and brings an extensive knowledge of and passion for the cruise industry to the role.

“After a long search which attracted a number of excellent candidates we are delighted that Amanda has accepted the role” said Cruiseco Chairman, Kevin Dale.  “Cruiseco is 100% engaged in the cruise sector so to continue Steve’s work with someone that has not only clear business acumen but also a professional and personal passion for cruising is fortunate indeed.”

Outgoing CEO Steve Lloyd shared Dale’s view: “I’m more than happy to be passing the mantle to Amanda.  It is important to me that Cruiseco remains totally focussed in delivering original and innovative cruise product and I have absolute confidence that this will happen under Amanda’s management.”

It is planned that McClelland will take over the CEO’s role by the end of July with Lloyd steadily reducing involvement over the coming months as projects are finalised or transitioned.


5. Helloworld appoints news Group General Manager – Global Head of Sales

Helloworld Travel Limited announced the appointment of Peter Prowse as Group General Manager – Global Head of Sales effective from Monday 3 July 2017.

Peter is an exceptional executive with deep knowledge and experience in sales, business development and product design. He joins Helloworld Travel with a proven track record in successfully leading client-centric businesses in Australia, Asia, UK/Europe and North America.

“Peter is an outstanding acquisition for the group and his skills will help us drive revenue growth across all our businesses globally,” said Andrew Burnes, CEO and Managing Director.

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