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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. Malcolm Pryor departs Air Vanuatu

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Air Vanuatu has bid farewell to long-standing general manager, Malcolm Pryor last week after eight years in the role.

Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer said Pryor had been an ‘exceptional manager’ and lead teams of hard working sales, airport and marketing staff.

“Malcolm has seen the airline grow significantly in his time and no doubt to his continuous efforts.”

Joseph Laloyer, Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer

“He has had a stellar career in the aviation industry and we wish him well.”

Paul Forbes from the Melbourne office has been appointed to the role of Manager, Commercial Australia.


2. David Jones joins Elements of Byron MGallery Collection

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Elements of Byron MGallery (a member of AccorHotels MGallery Collection) has lured forward thinking young hotelier David Jones home to our shores after six years living and working overseas.

David was recently appointed to the Sales and Marketing Manager position at the $100 million resort, which is promising to showcase the best of the Byron region through bespoke offerings throughout the 50 acre property.

He has served at executive committee level in some of the world’s largest and most dynamic hospitality management companies including IHG, Hyatt and Andre Balazs Properties.

His hospitality career spans the past 19 years – a combination of eight years in operations and eleven in strategic management, having operated hotels across multiple sectors including luxury, boutique, mid-scale and resort.

David also has a proven track record across a number of gateway cities in strategically positioning hotels to ‘outperform’ across major indicators.

Raised and educated on the Gold Coast, he holds a Bachelor of Business with a marketing major.

He said he is looking forward to drawing on his professional experience to shape the success of Elements of Byron and also contribute to the Byron region in general.

Elements of Byron Resort is nearing completion of their executive recruitment and will soon launch a campaign to attract the broader resort team.


3. Italian chef joins Harbour Grand Kowloon

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Harbour Grand Kowloon has a new Chef de Cuisine Harbour Grand Kowloon.

Alberto Boccelli was appointed to the position this week with immediate effect.

Alberto is a native Italian where he found his interest in cooking while preparing meals with grandmother in the kitchen since childhood. He completed his apprenticeship and spent the majority of his career in his homeland with additional tenure in Switzerland, Chicago and London.

He gained invaluable experiences from cuisine preparation, menu planning to outlets in-charge during his 24 years of work. He first moved to Hong Kong in March 2006, where he held the position of Executive Chef in Tuscany by Harlan and subsequently with the same title at The Hong Kong Golf Club in 2009.

Prior to joining Harbour Grand Kowloon, Alberto worked as a Culinary Development Chef for Chartwells by Compass Group Plc.


4. Oetker Collection appoints new Senior VP of Sales

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Jean-Pierre Soutric has been appointed to the role of Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing at Oetker Collection.

He takes the role from Didier Le Calvez, who was recently promoted to the newly created role of chief operating officer, of the Oetker Collection, reporting to the CEO.

Having started his career in 1983, Jean-Pierre Soutric has successively held sales and marketing positions with Intercontinental, Hilton International, Exclusive Hotels by Forte and most recently at Four Seasons as director of sales and marketing for the Four Seasons George V Paris and vice president of corporate and travel industry sales, Europe.

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