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1. Choice Hotels focuses on growth with new hire

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Choice Hotels Asia-Pac has announced the appointment of Liz Galea as a new Development Manager.

Ms Galea will be responsible for continuing Choice Hotels’ drive towards adding new properties to its portfolio in New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand. Ms Galea will utilise her 20-year career in hospitality, sales, brokering and business development to help Choice Hotels continue its strong growth momentum from the past 12 months.

Following her appointment, Ms Galea said: “I’m thrilled to join the Choice Hotels Asia-Pac family in the development team. Having worked in hospitality for two decades it’s exciting to see how the hotel industry is growing and evolving. I’m really looking forward to helping Choice Hotels grow its presence of brands across both Australia and New Zealand.”

“As a former owner and operator of two hotels, I understand how demanding and difficult it can be to manage a hotel on your own. I look forward to developing relationships with prospective new franchisees across Australia and New Zealand, and showing them the benefits of partnering with Choice Hotels,” she added.

Choice Hotels is expanding its development team as the tourism industry in Australia is seeing significant growth.


2. Eclipse Travel continues to grow with key staff appointments

Eclipse Travel, specialists in key adventure destinations such as Antarctica, the Arctic, Africa and Latin America, have announced the appointment of Karen O’Dwyer as Adventure Travel Consultant and the promotion of Stephen Lanfranco to Business Development Manager.

Karen, a travel industry veteran with over 20 years of experience under her belt, was most recently Adventure Travel Consultant of Back Track Adventures. Prior to that, her career has taken her to London, Los Angeles, the Scottish Highlands, Cape Town, and Brussels.

A seasoned traveller, Karen has been to all seven continents and over 60 countries worldwide and is keen to share her passion and experience with her clients. In her role as Adventure Travel Consultant, Karen will be helping her clients bring their dream holidays to life.

“We are thrilled to have Karen on board,” says Matt McMillan and Tim Farquhar, Directors of Eclipse Travel, “Combining Karen’s incredible skills and extensive knowledge of each continent with our passionate sales team, we are set to bring our bespoke itineraries to the next level to suit each and every traveller.”

Stephen Lanfranco has accumulated over 15 years of experience from a variety of internationally renowned travel companies, including his previous tenures as a Global Product Manager for Flight Centre and Product Manager of Adventure World. Stephen was appointed as the Sales Team Leader of Eclipse Travel last October and now moves into to the role of Business Development of the expanding company.

The directors speak highly of Stephen, “Stephen has proven to be an important asset to the company. He has the perfect blend of passion, creativity and experience that will continue to drive Eclipse Travel to grow.”

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