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Meet the industry’s latest movers and shakers. We’ll be doing some moving and shaking of our own tonight – into the pub that is.

Crystalbrook Collection appoints GM for first hotel

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Crystalbrook Collection has appointed Joel Gordon as the General Manager of its first hotel, Riley, which will open in August 2018.

In addition to filling the role of General Manager for Riley, Joel has also been appointed Area Manager, Cairns, responsible for the opening and operating of Crystalbrook Collection’s second and third hotels, Bailey and Flynn, which will open in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

In his capacity as General Manager and Area Manager, Cairns, Joel will oversee a team of more than 500 people across the three hotels.

Speaking on his appointment, Joel said: “I am excited by the potential and growth of Crystalbrook Collection. I’m looking forward to successfully opening each of these multi-million dollar projects and delivering to Cairns best-in-class luxury accommodation.”

New Business Development Manager for Regent Seven Seas Cruises in NSW and ACT

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is excited to announce the appointment of cruising industry professional Linda Seiersen as its new Business Development Manager for NSW & ACT.

The appointment of Ms. Seiersen, who joined the company on January 10, sees Linda bring a raft of experience to the role, having previously worked as a Regional Sales Manager with Viking Cruises for over six years, where she held roles as a Business Development Manager and Customer Services Manager.

Commenting on her appointment, Linda Seiersen said: “I’m delighted to commence my role with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, who offer a unique all-inclusive luxury product which aligns perfectly with the Australian market. I’m looking forward to working closely with our agent trade partners to introduce our unique cruising experience to a larger section of the local market.”

Lisa Farrugia joins Wendy Wu Tours as new Business Development Manager for NSW

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Wendy Wu Tours, Australia’s leading Asia operator, is delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Farrugia to the role of Business Development Manager NSW, covering the areas of North /north west of NSW.

Lisa will join the highly experienced National Sales team, bringing to the role almost 10 years’ experience in business development in the travel sector, including roles at Creative Holidays and Escape Travel.

Her most recent role was at Excite Holidays, as BDM for North/north West NSW and New Zealand where she was a nominee of the prestigious AFTA “Best Sales Executive” in 2016.

On her appointment, Lisa said “I’m thrilled to join the dynamic sales team at Wendy Wu Tours. I have long admired the company for it’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and am excited to bring this ethos to my travel agents to help them grow their business.”.

Pangolin Photo Safaris appoint Amy Knight-Dawson

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The Pangolin Photo Safaris’ team expanded on January 1 with Amy Knight-Dawson joining as channel sales manager.

Africa’s premier photo safari company is planning a big year in 2018 with two luxury lodges opening – Pangolin Khwai Camp will welcome its first guests in March, while Pangolin Chobe Lodge is launching in July – and Knight-Dawson has been appointed to assist with sales as well as nurturing travel-trade relationships in markets around the globe.

Pangolin Photo Safari’s director Toby Jermyn says Knight-Dawson’s previous work with Africa’s boutique inbound tour operator Livingstone Safaris and Leading Hotels of the World member Cape Grace in Cape Town grants experience on both sides of the negotiating table putting her in position to develop the valuable travel trade sales channels.

Travel the World appoints new NSW/ACT Sales Manager

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Travel the World, Premium Travel Service Provider for Tauck (Tauck Australia), Windstar Cruises (Windstar Australia), Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions, Aqua Expeditions (Aqua Expeditions Australia), Silversea, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Chiva-Som Health & Wellness Resort has announced the appointment of Clare Wheeler-Smith as new Sydney-based NSW / ACT Sales Manager.

Coming from a boutique Travel Industry Marketing Company representing other premium products, Clare is a natural fit for Travel the World and its suite of luxury products.

Her efficiency and broad-based sales experience as well as her professional business development style are impressive and have earned her a well-respected reputation within the travel industry.

SeaLink appoints new Sales Representative in the New Zealand Market

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SeaLink Travel Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Wadsworth from Sunseeker Travel Marketing and Representation as their New Zealand Sales Representative.

Laura will continue to grow existing relationships and establish new ones with key distribution partners in the New Zealand market, built over the last six years by retiring representative Anne Radonich.

Laura has a certificate in Travel and Tourism from Crown Institute and a Certificate in Advertising and Marketing from AUT and brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the travel industry.

First starting her career as selling travel for the Flight Centre Group, Laura then moved into the wholesale environment becoming Product Manager for a niche South Pacific Wholesale company – Travel Arrangements Ltd. Laura was then employed with two major Cook Island properties as their Marketing Manager, before establishing Sunseeker Travel Marketing and Representation Ltd in 2002.

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