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



1. Meet Tourism Australia’s new Chair

Tourism Australia Chairman

The Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb, has revealed industry veteran Tony South will replace Geoff Dixon as the Chair of Tourism Australia.

Mr Robb said Tony South has been a leading contributor to the tourism industry for many years and is extremely well qualified to carry out this important role.

“Having held senior commercial and executive roles across the Asia Pacific, Tony brings excellent skills and experience to the role of Chair.”

The Hon Andrew Robb

“His long standing commitment to tourism means he will provide strong leadership to the industry more broadly.

“Tourism Australia promotes our compelling tourism story to the world through leading campaigns such as There’s Nothing Like Australia and its food and wine campaign Restaurant Australia.”

In making the announcement Mr Robb thanked outgoing Chair Geoff Dixon, whose term expired 30 June 2015.

“Geoff Dixon oversaw a highly successful period for Tourism Australia with numerous award-winning campaigns and record arrival numbers. He is to be congratulated for his significant contribution and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Mr Robb also said an announcement would be made in the near future on three new directors to join the Board.


2. Rocky Mountaineer appoints new VP of Marketing

travel industry Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer is pleased to announce the appointment of Monique Gomel as Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications.

Based in Vancouver and a B.C. native, Gomel will pilot a shift in the company’s strategic approach and communications, allowing Rocky Mountaineer to continue to move toward its aggressive global growth goals.

Prior to joining Rocky Mountaineer, Gomel was Vice President of Marketing for Earls Restaurants, where she recently led the brand’s expansion into the US and has been a significant contributor to the company’s growth.

She also served as Global Marketing Director with Electronic Arts, leading the successful worldwide launch of EA Sports Active, Electronic Arts’ first entry into the fitness segment. She also held previous roles at L’Oreal Paris and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. Gomel holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.


3. Thomas Klühr appoints new SWISS CEO


Thomas Klühr is to succeed Harry Hohmeister as CEO of SWISS in February 2016, as part of a broader realignment of the Lufthansa Group.

Under the realignment, SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister, who is also a member of the Lufthansa Group Executive Board, will take charge of the newly-created position of Hub Management thereon in January 2016.

Hub Management is designed to ensure the more unified and process-oriented commercial management of the Group’s premium airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines.

More specifically, commercial functions such as Network & Fleet Planning, Product and Sales should in future be more closely coordinated among all the Group’s network airlines and hubs.

Harry Hohmeister will be succeeded as SWISS CEO by Thomas Klühr, who is currently a member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa German Airlines with responsibility for Hub Munich and Finance.


4. Event queen joins AlliedPRA Atlanta


AlliedPRA, Inc., a global leader in the Destination Management Company (DMC) sector, announces its newest member to the AlliedPRA Atlanta team, Carrington Moore, serving as Senior Program Manager, according to AlliedPRA Atlanta President Amy Johnson, DMCP, CMP.

As the Senior Program Manager, Moore will assist with planning and logistics for AlliedPRA clients working alongside the performance team to operate events and programs in the Atlanta region.

For over 10 years, Moore has worked in the Atlanta Events Industry with a focus on event operations, program coordination and operations details.

Early in her career she began working in the marketing and events department for a local, independent news publisher. As part of a small team, she played an integral part in all aspects of every program and event created, from conceptualization, to sponsorship sales, to event planning and detailing and finally execution.

Next she moved to the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, as a Senior Events Manager where she worked on grand-scale events taking place in downtown Atlanta.

Most recently, Carrington worked with SweetWater Brewing Company where she was tasked with reorganizing and growing its tour and events department, advancing SweetWater as a “must visit” destination for both local residents and visitors alike, making it a premier event venue in the city.


5. Karen Tan joins Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Pan Pacific Hotels Group has appointmented Karen Tan as Senior Vice President, Sales and Revenue Performance.

Based at the corporate headquarters in Singapore, Karen will be responsible for driving hotel sales, global sales and revenue performance for the company’s expanding portfolio of over 30 “Pan Pacific” and PARKROYAL hotels and resorts across Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe, including those under development. The Group’s Global Sales presence currently spans Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney, New York, San Francisco and London.

A Singaporean hospitality veteran, Karen has built up over 20 years of sales, marketing and revenue management experience with well-established hotels and brands such as Hilton International Singapore, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, and FRHI Hotels & Resorts which comprises three brands – Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts.

Most recently as Executive Director, Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific at FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Karen was responsible for driving topline results for all Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel hotels in the region by leveraging on revenue management, marketing, distribution and public relations platforms.

She also undertook competitive performance reviews and feasibility studies for new hotel projects, and provided critical support to sales and business development strategies.

6. helloworld appoints Marcolina as Non-Executive Director

Helloworld Limited announces the appointment of Rob Marcolina as a Non-Executive Director of Helloworld with effect from 18 September 2015.

Rob is Group Executive Strategy, Transformation and IT, Qantas Airways Limited and is a member of Qantas’ Group Management Committee.

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