Brandon Furyk has been appointed vice president of business development for Onward, an Anaheim, Calif.-based receptive tour operator. He comes to company from Bonotel Exclusive Travel. Previously, he was director of global sales for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, where he served for 15 years.
The Philadelphia CVB has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Yau as international tourism sales manager. Yau joins the bureau following his recent role as tourism sales manager at the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board. His previous work experience includes working with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Korff Enterprise in New York City.
Yellow Hibiscus Tourism Advisors, a cultural tourism provider that works with small to mid-sized locally owned businesses and island destinations. Shipley, who graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in cultural anthropology, along with a minor in tourism/hospitality, is also working on her Master’s Degree in sustainable community development. Prior to her new venture, Shipley, a 25-year veteran of the industry, was global tourism sales executive for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she served for 10 years.
In the UK, Paul Riches is leaving YouTravel after just nine months as the company’s chief sales officer. He joined the bedbank in November 2015 from lowcostbeds where he was global sales director. It was his second tour at YouTravel, having previously served as its sales and marketing director until 2011, when he left to join holiday home specialist Interhome and, later, lowcostbeds.
Jamie Claudio has been named director of brand development for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission. Claudio brings a specialty in broadcast and digital communications and has experience overseeing both leisure and business initiatives on behalf of destination organizations including Tourism Toronto, Visit North Carolina, Discover Los Angeles, The Greater Louisville CVB, Visit Scotland and others.
In Brazil, Kontik Travel has announced the appointment of Leonardo Stangueti to its sales team; he’ll be responsible for the MICE sector. Stangueti has 13 years of experience in the tour and travel industry, including tenures at Club Med, Costa do Sauipe, Transamerica Comandatuba and Rio Hot Resorts
Eduardo Vansan Jr. has been named general manager of Flytour Travel’s office responsible for the state of Minas Gervais. He was previously a sales coordinator in the company’s Campinas, São Paulo office.