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Check these industry folk kicking goals this week! Although that’s not to say they’re playing any kind of sport or anything.

Tamara Kobiolke cements return to Australia with luxury sales and marketing representation company FiftyFive3

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After two hugely successful decades in the luxury travel sector working across four continents and representing the biggest names in global hotel brands, Tamara Kobiolke has returned to Australia establishing FiftyFive3, a luxury sales and marketing representation company.

A successful sales and marketing specialist within international luxury hotel brands and events companies across the UK, Thailand and Australia, including Hotel Missoni, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Starwood and Rocco Forte Hotels, Tamara hasn’t stopped since she landed back in Australia!

Since launching FiftyFive3, Tamara has added Hello Scotland DMC to her stable of clients achieving record sales from the Australian market. Her other addition is Rocco Forte Hotels which include some of the most exclusive properties in the world; Brown’s Hotel London, Hotel de Rome, Berlin, Hotel de Russie, Rome and The Balmoral, Edinburgh.

Baillie Lodges Takes reins, appoints senior management team at Silky Oaks Lodge

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Following a joint-venture agreement with KSL Capital Partners (KSL) signed late last year, Baillie Lodges has taken the reins at Tropical North Queensland bolt-hole Silky Oaks Lodge this week and appointed a senior management team for the property to lead its integration into the existing portfolio of luxury lodges.

Silky Oaks Lodge is the first addition to the Baillie Lodges portfolio under the new partnership, which is set to further expand. The new company plans to invest in property enhancements and product developments at Silky Oaks Lodge in the coming months, aligning it with the trademark Baillie Lodges’ guest experience.

To lead the property’s transformation, Baillie Lodges has selected a new senior management team with Sonya Boaden appointed as Silky Oaks Lodge manager. Sonya comes to the team with a wealth of experience working across the tourism and hospitality space, including extended tenures with Quest Serviced Apartments, P&O Australian Resorts and Accor Hotels, as well as operating her own small tourism business consultancy.

Microhire welcomes creative director Michael Davey back to the fold

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Microhire, Australia’s largest privately owned staging company, has welcomed back creative director Michael Davey to the company to head their creative arm, evoke. The appointment comes at a pivotal time for Microhire, as they roll out their new positioning as a total event staging solution.

The competitive landscape of staging companies has dramatically changed over the last few years says Frazer Watkins, Regional General Manager, Microhire.

CVFR Consolidation Services: Restructure of sales team and appointment of new sales chief

Please be advised effective Monday 8th April 2019, CVFR Consolidation Services has created a new role of Head of Sales – Australia and appointed Davina Korner to this role. Davina has been with CVFR Consolidation for 8 months and will be based in our Brisbane Office.

All-State Sales Managers around Australia will now report into the newly created head of sales for Australia (Davina Korner). Davina will report directly into Nidhi Menroy, managing director of CVFR Consolidation Services.

SiteMinder announces string of industry heavyweight hires

SiteMinder, the global hotel industry’s leading guest acquisition platform, has announced several new industry heavyweight hires, including a new chief sales officer and chief marketing officer.

SiteMinder today services more than 30,000 hotels in 160 countries from its offices around the world, with internationalised software and multilingual teams that see more than 75 per cent of revenue sourced from outside its home market of Australasia. The company’s latest executive hires follow a three-year period of 65 per cent growth in hiring at all levels.

Jonathan Bedford is joining SiteMinder as chief sales officer in June, after spending the last three years driving commercial operations as vice president of Open Text. Jonathan will be based in London, in recognition of SiteMinder’s global footprint and growth ambitions.

Mark Renshaw has joined as chief marketing officer, bringing more than 20 years’ experience across B2C and B2B brands. Renshaw was most recently at Edelman, based in Chicago as its global chair of brand practice, and, prior to that, held an array of roles at Leo Burnett over 12 years, including chief digital and innovation officer.

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