Saga Travel has appointed Jeannette Linfoot, former Tui director, as managing director of its tour operating division. In this newly created position, she will be responsible for all of Saga’s tour operating brands: Saga Holidays, Titan and Destinology. At Tui, Linfott has been managing director of emerging markets. Prior to her work with TUI, she spent a number of years as product director at First Choice and head of product at Thomas Cook. She starts in her new position with Saga on Dec. 1.
Emerson Camilo is the new CEO of Flytour Travel Solutions (or Consolidadora Flytour) in Brazil. He comes to Flytour from Advance Turismo where he had been director of sales for more than seven years.
Titan Holidays managing director Jackie Willis has left the company take on a new role at luxury tour operator Scott Dunn as sales and services director. Andy Squirrell, director of product and operations, will succeed Dunn who had served at Titan for 10 years. Squirrell, who joined Titan in 2003, becomes commercial director, a title Willis held for many years.
Jim Ricketts, the longtime director of the Virginia Beach CVB, has announced that he will retire April 1, 2016. He became the bureau’s director in 1988. Prior to that, Ricketts held various positions in tourism/convention center management with the city of Virginia Beach beginning in 1974.
Kristin Jarnagin has been named president and CEO of the Long Island CVB. She comes to the post from the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, where she served for seven years, lastly as interim acting president and CEO following the departure of Debbie Johnson, who left to become director of the Arizona Office of Tourism. Jarnagin succeeds Yan Baczkowski, who resigned last April after less than eight months on the job for what he said were personal reasons.
has been appointed senior vice president of group sales at Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, Fla. Cavers has nearly two decades of experience in hospitality sales and marketing and she most recently served as vice president of intermediary sales at Choose Chicago. She was also national sales director at the San Diego CVB for more than five years.
The Grand Canyon Resort Corporation has announced the appointment of Mark Mortenson as its CEO. He comes to the position after serving for eight years as president and CEO of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, an organization that manages the Buffalo Museum of Science and the Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, N.Y. Prior to that role, Mortenson spent 20 years working his way up the ranks at the Walt Disney Company, lastly as vice president of global operations management. The Grand Canyon Resort Corporation is owned by the Hualapai Tribe. It oversees operations of Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon Skywalk, Hualapai River Runners and the Hualapai Lodge.