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Don’t forget to make a toast to these industry movers and shakers during knock-off drinks today. We’ll be drinking seven different cocktails to represent each of these bright stars.

Vanda Putri appointed as Junior Sales Manager for The Sanchaya, Bintan, Indonesia

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With a strong sales and marketing background with stints in similar roles with Belmond Jimbaran Puri, Bali, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions in Germany and as an online journalist with PT Kompas, Cybermedia in Jakarta, Ms Putri said she was thrilled to be part of The Sanchaya sales team.

With its strong focus on the Australian market for 2019/2020, she will work alongside Australian DOSM, Jared Green who said that the appointment of Vanda will allow them to concentrate on the Australian and New Zealand markets and they will be visiting Australia in June this year.

Banyan Tree Phuket announces two strategic hires to lead sales and marketing team

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Banyan Tree Phuket is proud to announce the dual appointments of Chatuporn Srisoi as Director of Events, and Filipa Carvalho De Sousa as Director of Marketing Communications. This announcement comes as part of the resort’s renewed commitment to being a preferred destination, as the Banyan Tree brand prepares to celebrate its 25-year anniversary.

Chatuporn Srisoi (Eve) is no stranger to the island of Phuket and the Laguna area, having previously worked at Splash Beach Resort. With a 10-year background in sales and reservations, Ms Srisoi possesses extensive knowledge of the Phuket market. Her unbridled energy and experience will lead the Banyan Tree Phuket Events team toward new heights.

Also joining Banyan Tree management team is its new Director of Marketing Communications, Filipa Carvalho De Sousa. Arriving from the U.A.E. with eight years’ experience in the luxury hospitality industry, Ms De Sousa previously served as Director of Communications at Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Her passion for people, digital marketing and social media will find plenty of expression as Banyan Tree Phuket expands its active online presence.

De Sousa will oversee the resort’s new digital marketing and social media strategy for Banyan Tree Phuket, generating excitement for another lively year filled with special promotions and events.

Nanuku’s sea change 

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Nanuku Auberge Resort, Pacific Harbour, Fiji is thrilled to welcome Anna Ratucoki to the position of Lailai Kids Adventure Club Manager.

Hailing from nearby Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Ratucoki brings a wealth of experience providing the highest level of safety, supervision and care for young guests.

In addition, Nanuku is honoured to announce Mosese “Moji” Nabulivou to the role of Nanuku’s resident Marine Biologist & Environmental Guardian. Moji brings an intricate knowledge of not only marine science but also wastewater management, environmental analysis and Biology, Chemistry and Physics teaching.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts announces three key appointments: Head of Commercial; Director of Brand & Marketing; General Manager, Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

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Leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce two key appointments within its executive team, including a new Head of Commercial and Director of Brand & Marketing, while its Hunter Valley property Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort has welcomed a new General Manager.

John Thompson has assumed the position of Head of Commercial – Minor Hotels, Australia and New Zealand, responsible for driving and overseeing the brand’s business growth and commercial strategy in these key markets, where it currently operates over 50 properties.

Melissa Rodrigues has meanwhile joined the company as Director of Brand & Marketing – Minor Hotels, Australia and New Zealand, stationed at the brand’s Sydney office.

On a property level, Oaks Hotels & Resorts has appointed Shaun O’Bryan as General Manager of Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley.

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Events

Women in Travel Awards 2019 winners revealed!

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Travel Agents

REVEALED: Winners of Visit California’s STAR shopping spree incentive!

Did you enter Visit California’s recent comp and also happen to be a finalist at the Women in Travel Awards? Well, you could be in for a double dose of good news today!

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Hotels

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Aviation

Did Air New Zealand’s CEO resign to pursue a career in politics?

This story was a great excuse for our designer to see what happens when you Photoshop Christopher Luxon’s head on Jacinda Ardern’s body. Voilà!

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Aviation

Everything you need to know about Qantas’ biggest-ever frequent flyer overhaul

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Destinations

New ad campaign encourages Melburnians to find ‘Your Happy Space’ in regional Victoria

Travel Weekly’s editor has found his happy place in the office today – in front of a fire he started in his desk bin with a glass of mulled wine and some s’mores.

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Travel Agents

STUDY: Agents are more likely to be purpose-led than any other industry

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Wholesalers

“Unconscious bias needs to be addressed”: Intrepid CEO James Thornton on gender equality in the industry

We chat to Intrepid’s boss about the gender equality challenges still facing the travel industry, and how the tour operator is playing its part in overcoming them.

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Road & Rail

Road & rail wrap: Luxe ride across Rajisthan, Eurostar introduces more Netherlands trips + MORE

To celebrate our commuter train arriving 25 minutes late this morning, we’re bringing you this whopper of a wrap direct from platform 17.

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Aviation

MH17 investigators to lay murder charges

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Events

FIVE TICKETS LEFT! The Women in Travel Awards kick off tonight

Tonight’s the night, folks! Get your frocks out, strap on your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate all the great women in our industry.

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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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