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Six Senses New York appoints Rebecca Soloff as director sales and marketing

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Soloff as director of sales and marketing at Six Senses New York, the group’s first North American property which is currently under development. Soloff joins Six Senses following a posting as director of sales and marketing at The Mark Hotel, New York.

With over 17 years of experience in sales and marketing, Soloff strengthened her skills and relationships at The New York Palace Hotel and The Lowell Hotel, New York which grew her experience into the role of director of sales and marketing.

Soloff graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany. She finds time in her professional life to pursue a range of activities, many of which run parallel to the Six Senses attitude to health and well-being. Having practiced yoga for 15 years, Soloff included an intensive one-month course of ayurveda and yoga in India; she loves to cook and has a bent towards vegetarian dishes; and she is a member of HER, a global network empowering and supporting women.

RoomIt by CWT appoints James Colquhoun VP of finance and CFO

James Colquhoun, VP of Finance and CFO, RoomIt by CWT

RoomIt by CWTÒ, the hotel distribution division of CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, has appointed James Colquhoun VP of Finance and CFO.

Colquhoun will be based at RoomIt by CWTÒ’s Chicago headquarters. He is a proven leader in the hospitality and travel industry, with senior roles in partnerships, business development, distribution, finance, operations and marketing, including more than ten years with Hyatt Hotels.

His expertise lies in improving revenue and profitability for both large corporations and start-ups, developing and executing disruptive strategies in the digital and distribution space, negotiating partnerships, and managing change.

Born in the UK and now a US citizen, Colquhoun holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Bristol.

New appointments for Voyages board

Chairman Rick Allert today announced the appointment of three new members to the Voyages board of directors.

Dana Ronan

Senior tourism professional Dana Ronan has held positions with a range of tourism companies including Discovery Holiday Parks, Voyages Hotels and Resorts, travel.com.au, the APT Group and AAT Kings, as well as her own business the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk. Dana is currently on the board of Visit Ballarat, Victoria Walks and advises the boards of several private family tourism businesses.

Daniel Tucker

Aboriginal leader and founding managing director of Carey Mining, the largest 100 percent Indigenous owned and managed contracting company in Australia, Daniel Tucker is a Wongatha/Mirning man and an inaugural member of the Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council and has previously served on the Council of Curtin University as well as on the boards of a number of private, not for profit and publicly listed companies.

Andrew McEvoy

Andrew McEvoy is a former managing director and CEO of Tourism Australia and former managing director of Fairfax Life Media and Events.  Andrew is currently also chairman of Sealink Travel Group, a director of Ingenia communities, chairman of AATS (Skybus), chairman of the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) and a director of the Lux Group.

American Express Global Business Travel appoints new general manager for meetings and events division

Gerardo Tejado

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has appointed Gerardo Tejado as general manager of American Express Meetings & Events, a division of GBT. In his new role, Tejado will report to GBT’s executive vice president of Global Supplier Relations Michael Qualantone and be based in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Tejado replaces Issa Jouaneh, who after leading the globalisation and expansion of the American Express Meetings & Events business over the last decade, is leaving to pursue other interests.

CWT appoints David Holmes as VP of payments

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CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, has appointed David Holmes as VP of Payments.

Holmes will be based in Miami. A US national, Holmes most recently led global commercial strategy at UATP, the airline-owned payment network. Holmes is a senior commercial and payments leader with almost 18 years of travel payments and travel FinTech experience.

He holds an MBA in International Finance from the University of Miami – School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from George Mason University.

Experienced hotel exec appointed as new GM of Darwin Convention Centre

Peter-Savoff

An executive with extensive experience in international hotels, the professional services industry and law has been appointed the new general manager of the Darwin Convention Centre.

Peter Savoff will fill the role following the recent promotion of previous GM Janet Hamilton to manage the Cairns Convention Centre.

Savoff joins the AEG Ogden Family from the Anthony John Property Group where he managed the Emporium Hotel since opening in 2007. Under his leadership, the Emporium has become one of Australia’s leading independent hotel brands, winning numerous major industry awards.

Before that, Savoff served as Chief Executive for McInnes Wilson Lawyers, was marketing director for the InterContinental Hotels Group for Queensland, Northern Territory, and Papua New Guinea after many years in senior management, and then general manager of IHG Hotels in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Cairns.

Ensemble announces new general manager for Australia and New Zealand

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Ensemble Travel Group has today confirmed Katy Muyt as General Manager Australia and New Zealand.

North America-based Ensemble Travel® Group is a leading global provider of luxury and experiential travel products and services which has seen significant growth in Asia Pacific in recent years particularly in Australia.

Katy has been with Ensemble Travel Group as Senior Director Sales and Supplier Relations Australia / New Zealand for over three years and will be stepping into her new role immediately.

With 34 years in the industry, Katy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role having held Senior Management roles within the Travel Franchise Management sector, Aviation and Travel Management Services. These roles include Head of Corporate Development, American Express Franchise Network; General Manager Australia/New Zealand and New Caledonia for Finnair; and General Manager Australia/New Zealand for Qantas Business Travel.

The St. Regis Bangkok announces key executive appointments 

Director of Sales - Prachaya Basset

The St. Regis Bangkok welcomes two senior members to its team, filling the key positions of executive pastry chef and director of sales.

Prachaya Basset brings with her more than 15 years of experience in refined hospitality, most recently with Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

No stranger to the hotel, she was previously with The St. Regis Bangkok as account director from 2012-2013. She has also worked with a number of other luxury brands in Bangkok, including Conrad and InterContinental.

In her new role as director of sales at The St. Regis Bangkok, she will be working closely with both revenue and marketing teams to develop strategic customer segments and maintain overall positioning of the hotel.

Anupong Nualchawee, known as Chef Aey, joins The St. Regis Bangkok from The Athenee Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, where in his role as executive pastry chef as part of the hotel’s rebranding team, he oversaw the pastry and dessert menus for all restaurant outlets and banquets.

Prior to that, he was part of the pre-opening team at Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa. He has also held stints at other hotels in Bangkok, Koh Samui, and as executive personal chef for Royal Family at Chakri Bongkot Thai Royal Palace in Nonthaburi, Thailand. In his new role as executive pastry chef at The St. Regis Bangkok, Anupong will be leading the pastry culinary team to develop the pastry and desserts menu in the hotel’s restaurants and bars.

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Wholesalers

Wholesaler wrap: G Adventures’ big Antarctica sale, new AAT Kings tours, Wendy Wu to set sail down the Mekong + MORE!

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Aviation

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Air New Zealand pokes fun at Wallabies’ poor Bledisloe Cup record with cheeky full-page ad

by Huntley Mitchell

Are you still getting over the Wallabies’ weekend flogging at the hands of the All Blacks? Well, it’s probably best you avoid reading this.

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Events

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Three reasons why you should enter The Travel Awards

The deadline for entries to The Travel Awards is under two weeks away now, but if you’re still tossing up whether or not to throw your hat in the ring, we’ve just made your decision a whole lot easier.

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Destinations

Aussie tourist hotspot in Bali dramatically shut down

A favourite haunt for Aussie tourists in Kuta has been shut down amid claims of unpaid tax and increased crime.

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Cathay Pacific CEO resigns as airline investigates anonymous staff letter supporting Hong Kong protests

by Christian Fleetwood

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Tourism

23-year-old charged with shooting Aussie tourist in New Zealand

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Hotels

Crown Resorts scores win against NSW government over Sydney Harbour views

The casino and hotel giant can rest easy knowing its soon-to-be-built Barangaroo property will have views of Sydney Harbour after the NSW government retreated from further court action.

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Destinations

Destination wrap: Germany on the rise, Vanuatu kicks off Tok Tok tradeshows + MORE!

Keep on top of the where’s where of travel with all the latest news and events in this week’s bumper destination wrap.

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Join Collette for a night of food, drinks and freebies!

If there’s one surefire way to entice travel agents into attending an event, it’s food, drinks and freebies.

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Travel Agents

What every travel agent can learn from actor Samuel Johnson

by Huntley Mitchell

Actor and charity founder Samuel Johnson had plenty of takeaways for travel agents at a recent conference, which you take away here.

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Aviation

Passenger plane carrying 233 makes emergency landing in cornfield

The pilots that pulled off this heroic landing are receiving more praise than our intern when he restocks the office Tim Tam supply, and that’s saying something.

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