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Flavour of the Week

Today we managed to spill food on ourselves, which we think it almost as impressive as getting a promotion. It was a close call.

A&K’s new Flight Desk

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has opened up its new dedicated Flight Desk to provide competitive airfares and flight bookings to agents for their clients travelling on A&K journeys ensuring a comprehensive and seamless booking process from beginning to end.

Pioneering the new role is Sam Puccio, a vastly experienced and passionate Flight Specialist.

Of the new service, Puccio said that, “At A&K, we arrange complex holidays to so many amazing destinations. By integrating the best flights and fares matched to our vast portfolio of destinations and packages, we are giving agents that additional level of comfort and assurance that they, and their guests, are being looked after for the entire journey. This additional level of service is what the industry has come to expect from A&K.”

A&K’s Flight Desk is accessible through all the usual A&K channels.

Destination NSW Appoints New GM Marketing

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Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase announced today that Jan Hutton will be joining the Destination NSW team as General Manager Marketing.

Hutton said she was delighted to be joining the number one destination marketing and events organisation in Australia.

Destination NSW are the market leaders. They have delivered exceptional results through innovation in destination marketing and changing the positioning of NSW as the premier new events destination in the nation.

Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo leaving the company to join Metso Corporation

Finnair’s CEO, Pekka Vauramo, has given notice of his resignation from the company to join Metso Corporation as new CEO.

He will leave Finnair at the latest in November 2018. The search for Vauramo’s successor has commenced.

“We have been through a lot at Finnair over the past five years,” said Pekka Vauramo.

“Our strategic focus on growth, customer experience, personnel experience and transformation has been the right choice, and I want to extend my warm thanks to the entire Finnair team for this. I have now been offered to take on one more challenge, and this has not been an easy decision for me to make. I am grateful for having been a part of this change journey, and I am committed to leading Finnair together with my team for the rest of my time at Finnair. Our company’s focus needs to be on the future development of the company every day.”

Complete Travel Marketing appoints new Sales & Marketing Executive

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Complete Travel Marketing is excited to announce the appointment of Cecilia Chan as Sales & Marketing Executive.

Cecilia brings strong tourism and hospitality experience to her role having worked for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts for the past 12 years where she began her career as Food & Beverage Co-ordinator and moved herself up to her most recent role as Sales Service Manager.

Cecilia’s role at Complete Travel Marketing will be to look after the representation company’s trade-related activities such as trade familiarization trips, industry rates, training and trade shows.

Cecilia has a keen interest in travelling and experiencing new cultures having spent time working in the Nagano, Japan for 7 months and only just returning from an extended vacation in Europe. Complete Travel Marketing currently holds an extensive portfolio of unique hotel and travel clients in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean with destinations including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Hong Kong, China, Middle East, Philippines, and Japan.

 

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