Tourism

Flavour of the Week: AirAsia CEO’s new role, + MORE!

This Flavour of the Week edition is rather short, but would be a lot longer if we included Virgin Australia’s 750 job cuts. You already knew about that though.

AirAsia reshuffles leadership team

AirAsia has announced a reorganisation of its leadership team in support of the company’s transformation into a travel and financial platform, and to build airasia.com into a lifestyle brand.

AirAsia Group Berhad CEO Tony Fernandes (pictured above) will double up as CEO of airasia.com in the interim, with the company planning to appoint a permanent chief who will report to him in due course.

Joining Fernandes are AirAsia Berhad chief commercial officer Karen Chan, who will drive all commercial functions as airasia.com’s chief commercial officer, and Spencer Lee, who will take up the role of chief operating officer for AirAsia.com, managing the online business portfolio that includes OURSHOP and AirAsia WiFi (ROKKI).

AirAsia said in a statement that a chief product officer for airasia.com will also be appointed, while the company’s software engineering and technology head, Elias Vafiadis, will continue to lead software engineering, all reporting to Fernandes in the interim.

AirAsia Group Berhad’s deputy CEO for airlines, Bo Lingam, has been appointed as the company’s president for airlines, and will also head up AirAsia SEA (formerly known as AirAsia Global Shared Services), a shared services centre that provides corporate and support services to AirAsia.

Aireen Omar has been appointed as AirAsia Group Berhad’s president of RedBeat Ventures. In this role, she will focus on seeking out new companies and technologies to power AirAsia’s core business while still overseeing the company’s digital businesses such as BigPay, Teleport and AirAsia BIG Loyalty.

Helloworld appoints first cruise GM

Catherine Allison

Helloworld Travel has announced the appointment of Catherine Allison to the newly created role of general manager of cruise for product and commercial, based in Sydney.

Allison will be responsible for overseeing the commercial and product requirements of both Helloworld’s wholesale cruise division, Seven Oceans Cruising, and the preferred retail relationships with all cruise lines.

Allison has extensive knowledge of the travel industry and the cruise sector, having worked with Helloworld for the past 10 years, most recently as head of land, touring and

cruise contracting, and boasts more than 18 years’ overall in the industry.

Your Travel & Cruise appoints first national BDM

Bianca Schefe

Host agency Your Travel & Cruise has promoted Bianca Schefe to a newly created national business development role, which will see her manage new agent recruitment and training as well as offer general support.

She steps into the role after almost 20 years in the industry, including the past two years as marketing manager with Your Travel & Cruise and a stint as a cruise specialist at Cruising Down Under.

PARKROYAL Parramatta appoints new general manager

Paul Flett

PARKROYAL Parramatta has announced the appointment of Paul Flett as the property’s new general manager.

With a career spanning more than 20 years, Flett is a highly experienced leader within the hospitality industry who has held leadership positions with Pan Pacific Hotels Group both domestically and abroad.

In 2013, Flett was appointed hotel manager at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour in Sydney, where he oversaw the engineering, front office, restaurants, bars and events and housekeeping teams, before his promotion to GM of the hotel in 2016.

TMS Talent’s Ed Hewitt scores a promotion

TMS Talent has promoted Ed Hewitt to state manager for NSW and Queensland.

John Terry, managing director of TMS Talent, said: “We are pleased to announce the promotion of Ed Hewitt to state manager for both Queensland and NSW. This promotion offers the QLD region additional resources and service capabilities.

“Not only will clients and candidates have Ed available on the ground regularly in Brisbane, but they will also have our team of recruitment consultants supporting the market with our high-touch service approach.”

Pan Pacific Perth appoints assistant chief concierge as WA director

Stuart Spicer

Pan Pacific Perth has announced the appointment of assistant chief concierge Stuart Spicer as director of Western Australia for the Les Clefs d’Or’s Australian national branch.

Les Clefs d’Or, or ‘The Society of the Golden Keys’, is an international professional association of the world’s best hotel concierges, founded in France in 1952.

A veteran hospitality professional of over 13 years, Spicer has worked at the Pan Pacific Perth since 2011, commencing as a porter before working his way to assistant chief concierge.

Spicer was accepted into the Les Clefs d’Or Australia in 2017 and was awarded Best Concierge in the 2016 Perth Airport Australian Hotels Association Western Australia Awards.

Corporate Travel Management renews and appoints new global chief legal officer and company secretary

Corporate Travel Management (CTM) has announced the appointment of Sophie Mitchell as non-executive director to the company board.

CTM has also announced the appointment of corporate lawyer Anne Tucker to the new role of global chief legal officer and company secretary.

Mitchell’s appointment forms part of a board and governance renewal process that will see the appointment of further non-executive directors.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Airline embroiled in website scam duping travellers with fake tickets

Have you purchased some too-good-to-be-true-airfares for your clients recently? You might want to read this.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism Fiji’s CEO to exit

After four-and-a-half years at the helm, Matt Stoeckel is saying ‘ni sa moce’ to Tourism Fiji.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Financial reporting and AGM pressure eases for Virgin Australia

The embattled airline has also launched a 20th birthday sale, with fares from just $69, along with a bunch of cheap tickets to and from Melbourne.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Canadian tourist sends “cursed” artefacts back to Pompeii

by Ali Coulton

A travel agent in Italy has received a peculiar package containing “cursed” ancient ruins and a letter of confession.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

New data reveals most popular rental car brands around the world

Ever wondered what the most popular rental car brand is in Latvia? Well, today is your lucky day because we’ve got the answer right here.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

APT takes to the skies with ‘Private Air Tours’

Just like trackpants, Birkenstocks and sourdough baking, it seems privately chartered flights are all the rage right now.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Azamara grows local presence and announces 2021 European cruises

The boutique cruise line has tripled the size of its local sales team with a slew of new appointments, as well as revealing its new restart date.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE 2020 speaker spotlight: Maria Elena Rossi, Italian National Tourist Board

We caught up with the Italian National Tourist Board’s marketing chief to find out why the organisation is supporting next month’s event, and what to expect from her session.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand reveals new safety ad concept, as it brings back ‘Mystery Breaks’

The airline has unveiled a few details about its next safety ad, and we promise it doesn’t feature any rapping or the All Blacks.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Green shoots: Travellers Choice welcomes new member

Rumour has it that Travellers Choice’s office intern was spotted buying a pack of assorted cream bickies and some mid-shelf bubbles to celebrate the new addition.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Costa Cruises confirms eight cases of COVID-19 on board Costa Diadema

The cruise ship passengers tested positive after a visit to the Greek islands, with most of them now isolating in dedicated onshore facilities in Palermo.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

TTNQ names new board directors

Tourism Tropical North Queensland has revealed its new-look board of directors, who have all managed to nail the socially-distanced press photo shoot.

Share

CommentComments