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Who got a new gig this week? Check out this week’s travel industry movers & shakers!

Who got a new gig this week? Check out this week’s travel industry movers & shakers!



1. Former Flight Centre leader joins Albatross

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Edwina Cooke, who once held the title of Flight Centre’s inaugural Victorian Area Leader, has been named the first General Manager of Albatross Tours.

Cooke stepped into the newly created role this week, bringing with her some 25 years experience in a range of management roles.

Managing Director, Euan Landsborough, said Cooke will be an ‘incredible asset’ to the business as it focuses on growth over the coming years.

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2. Ex-QBT GM joins Travel Counsellors

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Travel Counsellors appears to be on a mission to capture more MICE with the appointment of corporate pro David Hughes.

Announced today, Hughes will step into the newly created role of Managing Director for Travel Counsellors Australia.

He will work alongside Tracy Parkinson, who remains as General Manager.

Hughes has over 25 years leadership experience with roles at the Jetset Travelworld Group and Qantas. Additionally, he’s held held senior positions with leading corporate travel companies such as the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and QBT.

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3. Award-winning chef heads to the Maldives

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Dave Pynt, Owner and Head Chef at Burnt Ends (Singapore), one of the best restaurants in Asia as per the Diners Club® Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, is on his way to the iconic W Retreat & Spa-Maldives, where he’ll serve as guest chef and Barbecue Ambassador from 28 August to 30 August 2015.

While on our luxury playground, the Australian-born Chef will train the W talents in preparation and presentation methods of barbecue dishes and will sparkle his passion for playing with fire.

Originally from Perth WA, Pynt comes from a heavy weight culinary background, staging and working under legends such as Tetsuya Wakuda (Tetsuya’s and Waku Ghin), Rene Redzepi (Noma), Victor Arguinzoniz (Asador Etxebarri), Nuno Mendes (Viajante and The Loft Project) and Fergus Henderson (St John and St John Bread and Wine) to name but a few.

During his stay, Pynt will present his standout signature dishes at FISH, the overwater restaurant and at FIRE, the Al Fresco BBQ offering alternatives such as charcoal grill, tandoor and spit roast.

Highlights include the pulled pork shoulder in home-made brioche bun with slaw and chipotle mayonnaise and the smoked quail eggs and caviar.


4. Centara Grand in Bangkok appoints new GM

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Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts, has announced the appointment of Wim N.M. Fagel as General Manager for Centara Grand  at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok.

Fagel is a Dutch national from the Netherlands with over 30 years of experience in management at many international leading hotels both in Asia and Europe.

From 1999 – 2003, he was the Managing Director of the Summit Hotel and Summit Nepal Trekking in Kathmandu.   Fagel moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2003 where he worked as General Manager for Amari Rincome, then transferred to Amari Residences Bangkok in 2009.

Joining Centara Hotels & Resorts in 2012 as General Manager of Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok, Fagel was later promoted to Area General Manager Indonesia in 2014, assisting in overseeing the rapid expansion of Centara.

More recently at the beginning of 2015, Fagel joined the team at the corporate offices of Centara Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok, where he continued as the Area GM Indonesia while also supporting many operational activities.


5. New tastes at Four Points by Sheraton Sydney

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Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour has announced the appointment of Marjolein Chandler as Director of Catering and Conventions, marking the next phase in the hotel’s growth strategy.

As Director of Catering and Conventions, Marjolein will be responsible for the management of all conventions, meetings and events taking place across the property, from initial contact to completion, ensuring superior management and services, and client satisfaction.

Moving forwards, Marjolein will also oversee the implementation of the hotel’s new event strategy, ensuring that the hotel’s world class facilities and services are managed efficiently and to the highest standard.

“I’m really exciting to be joining the team at Four Points by Sheraton Sydney.”

Marjolein Chandler, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Director of Catering and Conventions

Marjolein has over 23 years of experience working in conference and event sales and event management for large-scale luxury hotels. Marjolein started her career in Europe, where she spent four years at the Hilton London Metropole as the Director of In-House Sales before moving to Australia.

Based in Sydney, Marjolein spent nine years at the Hilton Sydney where she was Director of Event Services, before taking the position of Director of Catering Sales and Conference Services at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

In her new role, Marjolein will report into David Fraser, General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour.


6. Emma Burnet joins the Luxperience team


Luxperience has increased its team with the appointment of Emma Burnet as buyer program manager.

The announcement comes six week ahead of the opening of Luxperience 2015.

Emma will be on board to assist buyers at this year’s exhibition.

Emma comes from a background in marketing and sales, having worked for a variety of global travel organisations including most recently InterContinental Hotels and American Express Travel Benefits Marketing.

For Luxperience 2016, Emma will be deeply involved in the development of strategic activities to entice new global buyers to the event.

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