Time to think of some good questions for kitchen small talk, the industry is welcoming plenty of fresh faces this week.
Singapore Tourism Board welcomes new Area Director for Oceania
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is delighted to welcome Stephanie Yong to the Oceania team as their new Area Director Oceania.
Based in the Sydney office, Stephanie’s appointment will commence officially from 1 December 2017, where she will be succeeding Sharon Lam, who will be departing for no-pay leave prior to returning to the Singapore office.
Stephanie is no stranger to Australia, having graduated from the University of Wollongong in 1998 with a degree in Commerce and Management Studies.
She joined the Singapore Tourism Board in 2000, starting in their Legal department before moving on to the Resource Development division.
Accor Vacation Club appoints new General Manager – Developer Operations
Accor Vacation Club has welcomed a new addition to its senior leadership team, appointing Mark Ludbrook to the newly created position of General Manager – Developer Operations.
Based on the Gold Coast, Mark will assume leadership responsibility for all Accor Vacation Club timeshare sales and marketing operations in Australia.
Mark brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the role, including five years with Accor Vacation Club. Most recently, he spent nine years with Foxtel as the company’s Head of Outbound Operations.
CLIA Announces New Regional Manager for Asia
As cruise tourism in Asia continues to grow at an impressive rate, and the cruise industry deploys more ships to destinations across the region, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Asia has announced the appointment of Jiali Wong as its new Regional Manager for Asia, based in Singapore.
With almost 10 years’ experience in tourism, Ms Wong will be responsible for growing industry engagement in the region and supporting the continued growth of cruise. This includes responsibilities for event development and growing CLIA’s Executive Partner program in the region.
Sture Myrmell appointed President of Carnival Australia
Carnival plc. announced today that P&O Cruises’ Sture Myrmell would expand his role to include regional responsibility for the organisation’s shared services group which supports all the global brands in this market.
Currently President of P&O Cruises Australia, Mr Myrmell will broaden his remit to become the regional President of Carnival Australia, which is the umbrella entity that supports the seven brands sailing in Australia and New Zealand.
Three new Business Development Managers appointed at Bunnik Tours
Bunnik Tours is very pleased to announce the appointment of Lachlan Burnet, Walter Delorie and Lisa Hunt to the roles of Business Development Manager.
The three new BDMs join our existing team of Zoe Francis, Dan Zadow and Adam Dickson and will be responsible for developing trade relationships in NSW/ACT and Vic/Tas.
They bring a great breadth of experience to their roles having worked in the Industry for 34 years combined! Lachlan comes with 10 years’ experience at Wendy Wu, 6 years at Intrepid Travel; Walter with 2 years at Insider Journeys and 12 years at Insight Vacations; Lisa with 4 years at Covermore Travel Insurance and 11 years at News Ltd.
“We had a really high calibre of experienced BDMs from the Trade and other industries apply for these positions,” said managing director, Dennis Bunnik. “We are excited to have secured industry professionals who will approach their new roles with passion and enthusiasm.”
Cover-More Group appoints Nathan Burke
Specialist, integrated travel insurance and medical assistance provider, Cover-More Group, has appointed Nathan Burke to the role of National Account Manager, effective immediately.
In his role, Burke will be responsible for supporting Cover-More’s agency sales channel, working closely with the trade on product development, incentive and reward activity, and improving insurance conversion and aggregate insurance revenues.
Burke joins Cover-More Group from Etihad Airways where he was a National Account Manager for the past six years.
He has more than 15 years experience in the travel and tourism industries, working at Qantas prior to Etihad.