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Singita appoints Taryn Van Heerden as general manager: sales

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Singita is delighted to announce the appointment of Taryn van Heerden as the new General Manager: Sales. Taryn is taking over from Caroline Burke, who is moving into a new role as Singita’s General Manager: Business Development.

After many years managing the global sales team, Caroline will now be focusing on business development and strategic, accelerated growth in new regions. This, as Singita expands its reach in pursuit of its 100-year purpose to preserve and protect large areas of iconic African wilderness for future generations.

Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach Welcomes New General Manager

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Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach is delighted to announce that Jean Hélière has been appointed as the hotel’s new general manager.

Hélière began his career at IHG in 2013 at InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa as an executive assistant manager.

Treading his path at one of the world’s largest hotel groups—where he demonstrated his skills in leadership, effectiveness and efficiency in managing all aspects of hotel’s operations—his career quickly rose as he was promoted to General Manager at InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa in 2015, and was awarded General Manager of The Year in 2018 by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts Southeast Asia and Korea.

Ovolo Hotels set for future growth with the appointment of group director F&B

Designer hotel collection, Ovolo Group today announced the appointment of their new group director of food and beverage, Vincent Lombino who will oversee the restaurant and bars across both Ovolo Hotels and micro-hotel concept Mojo Nomad.

Vincent will work with the restaurant’s collaborating culinary partners which include renowned chefs Justin North, Ian Curley & Hetty McKinnon, executive chefs and bar managers to curate exciting and innovative menus that reflect Ovolo’s philosophy and offering. He will also focus on new developments across the hotels, creating vibrant new concepts and implementing the highest standard.

Sabre appoints Sean McDonald as vice president, online travel for its Travel Network business

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has appointed Sean McDonald to lead worldwide sales, commercial operations, business development and solution delivery for online travel agencies (OTAs), metasearch engines and other digital travel companies for its Travel Network business. 

In his role, McDonald will build upon the company’s proven results in the online segment and help accelerate growth by winning new customers and increasing the company’s footprint with current accounts.  

McDonald comes to Sabre from a role as chief commercial officer at BD4travel, a technology company that delivers AI-driven personalisation and conversion enhancement solutions to online travel companies.  Prior to that, McDonald was chief sales officer at Secret Escapes, and served as senior vice president of sales at Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN).  In his new role, McDonald will be based in Sabre’s London office and will report to Roshan Mendis, chief commercial officer of Sabre Travel Network.

The Unique Tourism Collection Appointed Australia and New Zealand Representative for The Table Bay, Cape Town

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australia and New Zealand representative for The Table Bay in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Sydney-based travel and tourism marketing and communication specialist will be responsible for sales, marketing and media activity working closely with industry partners and media and developing strategic opportunities for driving business from Australia and New Zealand to The Table Bay.

The Table Bay is part of Sun International’s premium SunLux Collection of hotels and touted as Cape Town’s Best Address. Set on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with the working harbour, Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean providing its backdrop, The Table Bay offers convenient proximity to Cape Town’s business centre and tourist attractions.

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The Midas touch: Four Greece experiences for a gold-standard tour

by Christian Fleetwood

A jewel in the Mediterranean, Greece is synonymous with culture, history and cuisine: here are four experiences that cannot be avoided on a tour of the country.

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The two best islands in Greece you’ve never heard of

by Christian Fleetwood

According to Greek mythology, the Cycladic Islands of Greece were created by Poseidon. To this day, no less mythological in their grandeur, the Cycladic Islands continue to delight the world.

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Self-drive Crete, the largest island in Greece

by Christian Fleetwood

As the largest island in Greece and one of the largest in the Mediterranean, Crete might just be the best place in all of the country to experience by road, one town at a time.

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Boeing completes 737 MAX software update, awaits FAA aproval

by Christian Fleetwood

Boeing has taken a step in the right direction to getting its tarnished 737 MAX back in the air.

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Three truly awesome places to visit in Greece

by Christian Fleetwood

Celebrated in a four-fold love affair between culture and history, beauty and cuisine, Greece is a destination overflowing with majestic experiences.

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National Travel industry Awards 2019 finalists revealed!

Did you submit an entry to this year’s NTIAs? Find out if you impressed the judges here.

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Tourists injured after bus explosion near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

At least 12 tourists have been injured in a bus explosion near the Giza pyramids in Egypt.

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Wholesaler wrap: World Expeditions’ fresh Canadian tours, Bentours flash sale + more!

Travel Weekly almost didn’t include a few of the amazing adventures on offer in this week’s wholesaler wrap in the hope of having them all to ourselves, until we realised we can’t afford to go on any of them.

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Airbnb offers Spice Girls fanatics the chance to stay in the original ‘Spice Bus’

We consider ourselves more S Club 7 and B*Witched fans here at Travel Weekly, but still love Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh. Hence this.

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Flight or fright: More than half of young Aussies fear flying (and their fears are growing)

It turns out that flying sits alongside credit card debt and The Boogeyman as some of the fears among young Aussies.

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Hotel review: Six Senses Maxwell (it didn’t look like the pictures)

by Harriet Jayne Morris

According to this review, Singapore’s Six Senses Maxwell looks a lot better in the flesh, so perhaps ignore the accompanying photos.

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Switzerland Tourism asks visitors to take a hike

Switzerland’s tourism board has told visitors to piss off… no, wait. It actually just wants them to go hiking.

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