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Flavour of the week

Take a look at this impressive list of industry movers and shakers. The most impressive thing we’ve done lately is turning up to work on time.

Mieke De Schepper to lead the Online Travel segment at Amadeus

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De Schepper comes from Expedia Group and brings more than 17 years of experience in managing B2C and B2B businesses

With over 14 years of experience working in Asia Pacific, De Schepper will assume Global leadership of the Amadeus Online Travel Segment, and also the regional leadership for Asia Pacific.

RwandAir appointed the Airline Rep Services as its GSA in Australia/New Zealand

The Airline Rep Services a General Sales Agent (GSA) company division of CVFR Travel Group has been appointed to represent RwandAir for the region of Australia/New Zealand.

A Call Centre in Australia has been set up to service the needs of the travel agents and customers for the region.

The Airline Rep Services Managing Director Roheena Gidwani commented that “It is an amazing opportunity to partner with RwandAir and its growth story for the ANZ region.

Rwanda is one of the safest countries in the world. From the capital city, Kigali, the airline serves some of the big cities in the world such as Mumbai, Dubai, Brussels, London and Johannesburg”.

“We are pleased to associate with Airline Rep Services as RwandAir GSA that handles our sales and distribution network within Australia and the New Zealand. This was accomplished due to their standards and wealth of experience in air travel management. Through this partnership, we look forward to maximizing our sales and revenues, promoting the airline in both markets and connecting our customers to over 26 destinations throughout Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia” said Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the CEO of RwandAir.

Crooked Compass and Evolution Travel Collective announce new partnership for 2019

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Crooked Compass and Evolution Travel Collective are pleased to announce that Crooked Compass will be the next partner to join the rapidly expanding ETC portfolio.

Crooked Compass provides unique experience-based product which enables travellers to delve deeper into culture and local lifestyles in an immersive way.  With more than 100 remote and untouched destinations, its trips explore rarely trodden travel routes with a twist.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages Welcomes Darren Chigwidden Aboard

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Chigwidden as National Sales Manager (AU & NZ).

Darren will commence with CMV on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 and will be based out of Adelaide. As National Sales Manager, he will provide ongoing support for agent partners in Australia and New Zealand to help develop and grow their business, as well as working closely with wholesalers and national travel agents.

He joins CMV during an exciting period of growth for the company, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Luxperience appoints PEPR Agency for 2019

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Luxperience, Australia’s dedicated luxury travel business exchange event, has appointed PEPR Agency as its PR partner for 2019.

As part of the appointment, PEPR will be responsible for managing Luxperience’s media relations and communication campaigns. PEPR will be the contact for all domestic and international media in the lead up to the event, and will manage the Luxperience press office.

Explore appoints new global head of sales and consumer service

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Explore Worldwide is delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Ittensohn to the role of Global Head of Sales and Customer Service.

Ben already has considerable knowledge of Explore’s business and its core values having worked on a consultancy project for Explore since July 2018 where he was responsible for leading the GSA tender for Explore’s Australia and New Zealand representation and subsequent appointment of Adventure World Travel.

Ben joins the Explore team after more than a decade working at Topdeck Travel, where he was Regional Manager Asia Pacific.  His prior roles included five years as Director of Sales Asia Pacific, Head of Sales Australia, New Zealand & South Africa, and National Sales and Marketing Manager.

Aviation

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon resigns

Christopher Luxon is stepping down from the top job at Air New Zealand amid reports he’s been called up to represent the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup.

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Events

GET A MOVE ON: only a few tickets left for Women in Travel + UBER offer!

This is your final warning, folks: our Women in Travel Awards are on tomorrow night!

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Aviation

Boeing CEO admits “mistake” in handling of problematic 737 MAX aircraft

First an apology, now an admission. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has finally owned up to the manufacturer’s handling of the 737 MAX.

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Midweek Interview

Midweek interview with Aurora Expeditions’ Vicky Primrose

This week, Travel Weekly tried to coax secrets out of Aurora Expeditions’ global head of marketing over a few wines, but we had a few too many ourselves and forgot them all.

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Wholesalers

INCENTIVE ALERT: Excite launches ultimate US shopping guide

The wholesaler has partnered up with Simon Shopping Destinations to bring you every shopaholic’s dream.

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Wholesalers

CATO chairman takes aim at “deceptive and misleading” advertising by industry disruptors

Did you happen to miss Dennis Bunnik’s venom-filled address at CATO’s recent AGM? Consider yourself caught up with this.

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Tourism

Aussie family shocked by whopping $30,000 holiday phone bill

Please excuse us while we scream internally for the rest of the day as we process the concept of a $30K phone bill.

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Tourism

“A kick to the tourism industry”: NSW government slammed over $35m budget cut

Just like the fireworks in the accompanying photo, two prominent industry bodies have gone off about the NSW government’s big funding cut to its tourism agency.

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Cruise

Cruise wrap: Aurora teams up with NASA scientist, P&O’s Big Laugh Comedy fest returns + MORE!

Tired of your colleagues outsmarting you when it comes to the latest cruise brochures and deals? Get the upper hand right here.

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Aviation

MH370: Report sheds new light on suicide theory and Malaysian cover-up

A detailed report by a veteran journalist has exposed new details about how passengers may have met their end at the hands of a lonely pilot.

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Aviation

How Air Canada is making its mark on gender equality, locally and globally

With the Women in Travel Awards 2019 just days away, we wanted to shine the light on a company that truly values female representation across the board.

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Aviation

Aviation wrap: Qantas grows US network, Emirates reduces single-use plastics, Air Vanuatu’s new service + more

This week’s aviation wrap comes free of any mentions of flaperons, altimeters or horizontal stabilisers.

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