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Flavour of the week

Take a look at this impressive list of industry movers and shakers. The most impressive thing we’ve done lately is turning up to work on time.

Mieke De Schepper to lead the Online Travel segment at Amadeus

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De Schepper comes from Expedia Group and brings more than 17 years of experience in managing B2C and B2B businesses

With over 14 years of experience working in Asia Pacific, De Schepper will assume Global leadership of the Amadeus Online Travel Segment, and also the regional leadership for Asia Pacific.

RwandAir appointed the Airline Rep Services as its GSA in Australia/New Zealand

The Airline Rep Services a General Sales Agent (GSA) company division of CVFR Travel Group has been appointed to represent RwandAir for the region of Australia/New Zealand.

A Call Centre in Australia has been set up to service the needs of the travel agents and customers for the region.

The Airline Rep Services Managing Director Roheena Gidwani commented that “It is an amazing opportunity to partner with RwandAir and its growth story for the ANZ region.

Rwanda is one of the safest countries in the world. From the capital city, Kigali, the airline serves some of the big cities in the world such as Mumbai, Dubai, Brussels, London and Johannesburg”.

“We are pleased to associate with Airline Rep Services as RwandAir GSA that handles our sales and distribution network within Australia and the New Zealand. This was accomplished due to their standards and wealth of experience in air travel management. Through this partnership, we look forward to maximizing our sales and revenues, promoting the airline in both markets and connecting our customers to over 26 destinations throughout Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia” said Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the CEO of RwandAir.

Crooked Compass and Evolution Travel Collective announce new partnership for 2019

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Crooked Compass and Evolution Travel Collective are pleased to announce that Crooked Compass will be the next partner to join the rapidly expanding ETC portfolio.

Crooked Compass provides unique experience-based product which enables travellers to delve deeper into culture and local lifestyles in an immersive way.  With more than 100 remote and untouched destinations, its trips explore rarely trodden travel routes with a twist.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages Welcomes Darren Chigwidden Aboard

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Chigwidden as National Sales Manager (AU & NZ).

Darren will commence with CMV on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 and will be based out of Adelaide. As National Sales Manager, he will provide ongoing support for agent partners in Australia and New Zealand to help develop and grow their business, as well as working closely with wholesalers and national travel agents.

He joins CMV during an exciting period of growth for the company, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Luxperience appoints PEPR Agency for 2019

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Luxperience, Australia’s dedicated luxury travel business exchange event, has appointed PEPR Agency as its PR partner for 2019.

As part of the appointment, PEPR will be responsible for managing Luxperience’s media relations and communication campaigns. PEPR will be the contact for all domestic and international media in the lead up to the event, and will manage the Luxperience press office.

Explore appoints new global head of sales and consumer service

Ben Ittensohn

Explore Worldwide is delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Ittensohn to the role of Global Head of Sales and Customer Service.

Ben already has considerable knowledge of Explore’s business and its core values having worked on a consultancy project for Explore since July 2018 where he was responsible for leading the GSA tender for Explore’s Australia and New Zealand representation and subsequent appointment of Adventure World Travel.

Ben joins the Explore team after more than a decade working at Topdeck Travel, where he was Regional Manager Asia Pacific.  His prior roles included five years as Director of Sales Asia Pacific, Head of Sales Australia, New Zealand & South Africa, and National Sales and Marketing Manager.

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Wholesalers

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Cruise

Cruise captain charged over tourist boat tragedy

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Aviation

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Tourism

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Having trouble keeping track of the latest hirings, firings and partnerships? Get yourself back in the loop with this.

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Aviation

South African Airways to be placed into “business rescue”

The embattled airline has announced its next move in its fight against declaring bankruptcy. Find out what it means here.

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Travel Agents

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Hotels

Santa braves Sydney smoke haze to abseil down hotel and deliver early Christmas presents

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly’s editor will brave Sydney’s smoke haze to scale Sydney Harbour Bridge later today, dressed as Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Aviation

This airline just launched its very own restaurant (serving inflight meals)

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Destinations

Get to know the winners from the Western Australian Tourism Awards

by Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

Preparing a trip for your clients to the Margaret River region or the Kimberley? The first step is knowing the best tourism attractions and businesses in the industry.

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Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: UK railway strike to last over Christmas, Newcastle’s new shuttle to connect aiport and Hunter Valley + MORE!

Travel Weekly’s editor skipped cycling to work this week in favour of taking Sydney’s light rail, but arrived at the office three hours late after realising it’s still not up and running.

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Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Study reveals commonly stolen hotel items, Aman’s individual wellness programs head to Greece + MORE!

It’s that time of week again, and boy oh boy do we have a Hotel Wrap for you. Hold on to your butts, because here comes the wanderlust.

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